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49ers thought Trent Taylor was headed to Pro Bowl before his injury

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There's a real chance the 49ers' offense can be even more potent this season after their Super Bowl run last year. Several injured players should be back in action, including receiver Trent Taylor. 

And it sounds like 49ers coaches had high expectations for Taylor before he sustained a foot injury in preseason that kept him out for the year. 

"Several S.F. coaches believed he was headed for a Pro Bowl campaign at this time a year ago, and having former Patriots and Broncos star Wes Welker as his position coach and role model doesn't hurt," NFL Media's Mike Silver said Wednesday morning.

The former fifth-round draft looked so good in camp last year that NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco thought Taylor would lead the 49ers in receptions last season.

Taylor had a strong rookie season in 2017 when he hauled in 43 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns. His numbers then took a dip in 2018 as the 49ers shuffled through quarterbacks after Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. 

The 5-foot-8 slot receiver showed a strong connection with Garoppolo in '17. Jimmy G completed 17 of his 20 pass attempts to Taylor for 191 yards. Garoppolo had a 102.3 QB rating when targeting Taylor. 

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Taylor joins Jerick McKinnon and Jalen Hurd as intriguing offensive weapons returning from injury. All three could add a new gear to the 49ers' offense. 

If Taylor can find his chemistry with Garoppolo again, the QB and the offense as a whole will only continue to grow.

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