NFL rumors: Donte Moncrief, J.J. Nelson join Tavon Austin in 49ers workout


The 49ers reportedly brought in Tavon Austin for a visit earlier this week out of an interest to add more depth at wide receiver. But Austin apparently has some competition.

ESPN's Field Yates reported Thursday that in addition to Austin, the 49ers worked out veteran receivers Donte Moncrief and J.J. Nelson.

Of the three, Moncrief is the most accomplished, having hauled in 204 receptions for 2,561 yards and 21 touchdowns over his six-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers. He's also the youngest (27) and the biggest, measuring at 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds.

Nelson spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after playing the first four seasons of his career with the Arizona Cardinals. He offers tremendous speed, having run a 4.28 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine, but has had the least production of the three with only 85 career receptions.

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Austin, meanwhile, offers similar production and game experience to Moncrief (albeit in more seasons), while also being a legitimate speed threat.

As Yates reported, the 49ers are searching for help at receiver while Deebo Samuel recovers from a Jones fracture. Additionally, the 49ers' receiving corps is quite young and inexperienced as a whole, and all three veterans would help address that.


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