The Facts: Taylor believes 2019 is going to be his season. He plans on taking advantage of his new resource: Wes Welker. He is also looking towards an off season where there are less elements going against him. Richard Sherman noted at the end of the season that not having the worry about rehabbing makes an offseason much more enjoyable and productive. Taylor agrees whole-heartedly. “I think that’s just such an advantage,” Taylor said, “to be able to only think about building your body up with no limitations going on. I think whenever you have to worry about an injury throughout the offseason there’s so much you have to hold back from."
Diehards Line: It was a challenging sophomore season for Taylor. He seemed primed for a breakout season in 2018 but was held back by a surgical procedure on his back that ended up having more of an impact on his play than predicted by the 49ers staff, or even Taylor himself. Taylor played in 15 games in his rookie campaign and recorded 43 catches for 430 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. But Year 2 did not go as planned, as he played in 14 games with 26 catches for 216 yards. The good news? Taylor has already started his offseason training program, working in San Jose. He says he is finally back to normal, not needing to compensate for his injury. “I feel like my back is back to normal now,” Taylor said. “I just knew that I needed a little more time than I was able to get throughout the season. That’s why I’ve been really looking forward to this offseason." His progress merits our attention.