"There seems to be a connection between Jimmy Garoppolo and Trent Taylor," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. "And he just seems to be moving at another speed and just has an incredible feel for space on the field. Many times, it's just him and Jimmy just kind of improvising."
Don't be surprised if he leads the team in targets and receptions, according to beat writer Nick Wagoner.
Taylor suffered a Jones fracture in his foot last week that will keep him out the rest of the preseason, but the Niners are hopeful he will be back for Week 1. When he does return, the hope is he will pick up where he left off after a training camp that left teammates and coaches raving about his bounce-back from an injury-plagued 2018 season. We have him down the team's depth chart, but he's a name to keep an eye on.
The tweet said he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to see how much damage was done. Maiocco said Breida may not be able to go Week 6 which would leave Morris as the main ball carrier. And, it's possible he misses a couple of weeks. The 9ers want to give it time to heal and not be something that bothers him throughout the rest of the season. Juszczyk had six catches for 75 yards in the loss, so he could have some value in deeper formats.
The 49ers gave running back Jerick McKinnon a four-year, $30 million contract in free agency to be their multidimensional weapon coming out of the backfield. So, expect the 49ers to be more than a bit anxious for the results of an MRI that McKinnon will undergo after he suffered a right knee injury during practice on Sunday.
According to reporters in attendance, McKinnon went down clutching his knee during team drills. But after the training staff tended to him, he appeared to be OK considering he remained present at practice and stuck around afterwards to sign autographs.
"Really, ever since we lost Ray Rice, we haven't had a type of back that’s quite like how Ray was and quite like how (Danny Woodhead) is in the passing game," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open and how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes, and you can already see that. You can see he has a really good feel for those kinds of things. If you remember back, obviously, Ray was really good at doing that, and that gives a lot to your offense for sure."
From 2009-13, no running back caught more passes than Rice, who averaged 67 receptions a season during that span. Over the past three campaigns, no Baltimore running back has totaled more than 45 catches.
Woodhead is expected to play a big role in the Ravens' passing game because two of Flacco's top underneath targets are gone. Tight end Dennis Pitta was released after re-injuring his right hip, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk signed with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
We can file this one under "Duh." Woodhead should catch a ton of passes for the Ravens, though we are a bit concerned about his playing time when Kenneth Dixon returns from suspension. Woodhead's third-down/hurry-up role should be safe with Dixon pushing Terrance West for carries on early downs.