Trent Taylor hopes to be ready for 49ers camp after five foot surgeries

Trent Taylor hopes to be ready for 49ers camp after five foot surgeries

SANTA CLARA -- After a very productive training camp, Trent Taylor was slated to have a breakout season in 2019 but unfortunately things did not go as planned for the 49ers wide receiver. 

Five foot surgeries later, Taylor doesn’t have a timeframe for when he will be on the field again but his hope is to be ready for training camp. On Tuesday, he explained what he has been going through since his initial surgery back in August of 2019. 

The plan was to put hardware into Taylor’s fractured bone as a preventive measure, making his recovery a four-to-six week process. Waiting until the bone is broken becomes an eight-to-ten week recovery. 

Things got more complicated when Taylor’s body and the installed screw didn’t cooperate. He had another surgery to insert different hardware and that’s when the foot got infected. The third surgery was to clean out the infection as well as installing a PICC line in order to have a constant stream of antibiotics entering his system. 

That still wasn’t enough to combat the infection in Taylor’s foot, so doctors finally inserted an antibiotic device into the bone itself which remained installed for six weeks. The fifth and final surgery was to remove the antibiotic device. 

Taylor is currently still wearing a walking boot but hopes to be without it soon.

“I think one thing I definitely learned was that all you can do is control what you can control,” Taylor said as the 49ers cleaned out their lockers last Wednesday. “I could just sit around and pout about the bad situation that I’m in and how everything is unfair how this happened to me and whatnot. But that would be just digging myself into a deeper hole. 

“So, no time to pout about it, you just got to keep moving forward, and just go with what I got right now and that’s starting back at ground zero, back to walking and then eventually running and getting back to it.” 

The 49ers' Cinderella journey to Super Bowl LIV made watching from the sidelines a little more tolerable for Taylor but there’s nothing that could make missing an entire season pleasant. 

“Definitely a blast to watch, just to see how successful we were just compared to the last couple years that I’ve been here,” Taylor said. “So that was a good feeling. It was kind of a bittersweet feeling just to see it happen and me not to be able to be a part of it.”  

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Taylor not only struggled through foot surgery in 2019 but had a challenging sophomore campaign after going through back surgery during the 2018 offseason. Over his two seasons, he has tallied 69 catches for 645 yards and three touchdowns. 

Taylor has shown a great deal of potential on the field, instantly becoming a reliable target for Jimmy Garoppolo when the quarterback was traded to the 49ers midway through the 2017 season. 

49ers' Kendrick Bourne implores Matt Breida to re-sign for 2020 season

49ers' Kendrick Bourne implores Matt Breida to re-sign for 2020 season

Kendrick Bourne wants Matt Breida to follow in his footsteps.

The 49ers wide receiver signed his one-year tender Monday, ensuring he would return for the 2020 season. San Francisco placed second-round tenders on Bourne and Breida last month, and Bourne encouraged Breida to sign his, too.

Bourne and Breida joined the 49ers as undrafted free agents in 2017. The 24-year-old receiver scored a career-high five touchdowns in the 2019 regular season and caught 30 passes for 358 yards.

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Breida, meanwhile, largely lost his role in the 49ers offense by the end of the 2019 season. He ran a career-high 153 times for 814 yards in 2018, but Breida ran for nearly 200 fewer yards in 2019 as the running back ended the season behind Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman on the 49ers’ depth chart. Jerick McKinnon’s return could further crowd Breida out.

Bourne has been with Breida every step of their NFL careers, however, and he wants the running back to once again be his teammate this season.

2020 NFL Draft profile: Why Alabama's Jerry Jeudy is what 49ers need

2020 NFL Draft profile: Why Alabama's Jerry Jeudy is what 49ers need

Editor's Note: NBC Sports Bay Area will preview the NFL Draft with a look at the 49ers’ top needs, profiles of prospects that might be good fits, along with some hidden gems in the later rounds. In this installment, we profile Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.

Top NFL draft prospect Jerry Jeudy could be exactly what 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been looking for. 

Shanahan has remained steadfast in his belief that you don’t have to be the biggest or fastest wide receiver to be the most effective and productive. There are several other qualities that remain higher on Shanahan’s list, and it appears that Jeudy checks most, if not all, of those boxes. 

Michael Locksley, Jeudy’s coach and offensive coordinator during the receiver's first two seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide, spoke to NBC Sports Bay Area about the receiver’s unique talents.

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“Can’t say enough about his ability as a route-runner,” Locksley said. “I think with Jerry, it’s his ability and suddenness he has to get in and out of a break, whether it’s working back toward the ball which is the toughest breaks that receivers make, when they’re working back toward the quarterback.

“He has the ability to be full speed and drop his weight – or, as we say, sink his hips -- to stop on a dime, and he always gives the illusion of speed always at the top of the route but is able, without taking the little small steps you see people normally have to take to put his foot in the ground and change direction.”

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Leigh Steinberg of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, who represents Jeudy, was equally impressed by his client’s route running. 

“He might be the best route runner that I’ve ever seen in college in my 40 years,” Steinberg told NBC Sport Bay Area. “He runs the most precise routes. He’s also very smart.” 

With precise route running and the ability to change direction on a dime, Jeudy is able to get separation, which Shanahan has repeatedly said is one of the most important aspects to being a receiver. 

Another trait that Shanahan looks for was exemplified by All-Pro tight end George Kittle and receiver Deebo Samuel throughout 2019: Gaining yards after the catch. 

“Tremendous run-after catch ability,” Locksley said of the Alabama receiver. “He is such a loose-limbed, loose-body guy. You watch him and his ability to make people miss is as good as I’ve ever seen.”

Steinberg noted that Jeudy has impressed him off the field as well, most notably when the Alabama star met Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice while in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. 

“The most impressive thing I’ve seen from him was how he interacted with Hall of Fame receivers while in Miami for the Super Bowl,” Steinberg said. “He asked Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin and Cris Carter what their secrets to longevity were. He’s bright enough to use his time with the best, to enhance his own performance.”

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Jeudy was extremely productive in his three seasons at Alabama, catching 159 passes for 2,742 yards, 26 touchdowns and an average of 17.2 yards per catch. It is inevitable that he is a player that will have an impact on a team's offense. What the 49ers will do with the No. 13 overall selection in the draft, however, is much less certain.

NFL draft profile: Jerry Jeudy

Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 193 pounds
College: Alabama
Career stats: 159 catches for 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns

Combine measurables
40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds (11th among wide receiver class)
Vertical jump: 35.0 inches
Broad jump: 120.0 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

What experts are saying
Mel Kiper, ESPN: “Jerry Jeudy is a precise kid, running routes, first out of his break. Reminds me a lot of Marvin Harrison.”
Todd McShay, ESPN: “I think he’s one of the best five players in the entire draft.”
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media: "Bama WR Jerry Jeudy = smooth operator. He’s such an easy mover. Reminds me a little of Robert Woods coming out of USC. Same frame, same understanding/instincts."
Josh Norris, NBC Sports: "I know it’s easy to compare players from the same school, but it’s easy to see Calvin Ridley in Jerry Jeudy’s game."

Projected round: First (top 15 overall)