Trent Taylor

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  1. Shadowlight

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    Thrashen it is not your imagination. Over the past few years there has been a general trend that looks upon white skill players more favorably. I also believe say the NFL has recognized to some extent that white skill players is good for the BOTTOM LINE. Witness all the excitement over the Patriots magical victory where three white wide receivers performed like champs. The Patriots victory drove home the point that the long trend that was increasingly marginalizing white skill players was not a very good idea from a social and or business aspect.
    But there are still three disruptive barriers to this tangible but minimal progress we are witnessing.
    One is the league is still skewered towards being heavily black. Believe me if sports in general ever reached a point where I was satisfied I would have no need for this caste football site.
    Second there are still plenty of media outlets and sports analysts that play the caste card on a consistent basis. One prime example is ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning."
    Third is we need to stay vigilant because this slight uptick in white skill presence is bucking a long sturdy consistent trend. In a sense this is a pushback to a long established caste setting. Blink and this uptick could disappear. Plus we are still at a low level but gains are gains and the last thing we need here are setbacks once again. We can't go back to the really bad old days.
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    Given what seems to be Pro Football Focus's deep bias against White players when it comes to its subjective evaluations and ratings, this is quite the achievement by Taylor:

    PFF names 49ers’ Trent Taylor as best slant-route receiver

    For the second-straight year, Pro Football Focus named the best NFL players across a variety of categories. The list, which utilizes the site's unique analytics data to determine the players, was presented on ESPN.

    Just one member of the San Francisco 49ers appeared on the list and, like much of the roster, he is a rookie. The player isn't one of the team's first-round selections, but one of its later-round picks.

    The listing fell under the category of "Best pass-catcher by route, " and the specific route was the slant. The 49ers player is rookie receiver Trent Taylor, who has played in the slot in over 75-percent of his routes.

    Pro Football Focus explains the selection like this:

    "It'd be easy to go with Dez Bryant, who gained the most yards on slant routes and did so from the outside receiver position. But Taylor's nine receptions on nine slant targets and 148.6 passer rating generated are hard to ignore. The rookie led the nation in yards gained from the slot in his last season at Louisiana Tech and has continued to produce for the 49ers this season with all nine of his slant catches coming from the slot. He has been the league's top wideout on slant targets this season."

    full article: http://www.49erswebzone.com/articles/111682-pff-names-49ers-trent-taylor-best-slant-route-receiver/
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    Trent Taylor was one of the top rookie receivers in the NFL last season, along of course with Cooper Kupp. When was the last time two White receivers made their mark as rookies? Answer: I don't know for sure but it's been a long time.

    Taylor received high grades from Pro Football Focus, which is usually very biased against White players with their very subjective rankings that no one is able to question how they're compiled yet are accepted at face value by the media (much like the "rankings" of the SPLC are never questioned), so Trent looks to get only better in his second season.

    Trent Taylor Was Mr. Clutch for 49ers Late in Games
    The 5-foot-8 slot receiver ranked among the NFL's most reliable pass catchers late in games according to Pro Football Focus

    by Doug Williams

    Pierre Garcon is Mr. Reliable. Marquise Goodwin has elite speed as a deep threat. Dante Pettis comes into the NFL with the potential to make big plays.

    As the 49ers head toward training camp – rookies and veterans are scheduled to begin reporting on July 25 – Garcon, Goodwin and Pettis are likely to be the headliners of the wide receiver corps. Yet second-year man Trent Taylor is expected to be the team’s No. 1 slot receiver.

    After catching 48 passes as a rookie in 2017, the 5-foot-8 former Louisiana Tech standout hopes to build on what he did in his opening act as a professional player.

    Taylor showed he’s reliable in the clutch and quick enough to make gains after catching short throws from Jimmy Garoppolo. Taylor and Garoppolo made for a good combination late in the season. Taylor’s overall catch rate was a terrific 71.7 percent. On 60 passes aimed his way, he caught 43. He was even better late in games.

    How good was Taylor in the clutch?

    Very good.

    This week, Ben Cooper of the analytic website Pro Football Focus included Taylor at No. 4 among all NFL receivers in fourth-quarter or overtime performance in 2017.

    Wrote Cooper: “Taylor wasn’t the flashiest rookie of 2017, but he made his mark through consistent play that gave his team a chance to win games. Both of his touchdowns in 2017 came in the fourth quarter and both were because of his shiftiness. On both plays, Taylor found pockets of space and gave his quarterback a reliable option to punch it in late in a game. That reliability was evident in his 4Q/OT catch rate, which was fourth among receivers (80 percent).

    “With Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, Taylor was a perfect 6-for-6 in 4Q/OT catches, with one touchdown. Look for Taylor to become a favorite of Garoppolo’s as they develop even more chemistry in 2018.”

    https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/loc...Clutch-for-49ers-Late-in-Games-486262521.html
     
  4. Don Wassall

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    Trent's rookie highlights (you may want to watch with the sound turned off):

     
  5. sprintstar

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    thanks for the video and the heads up on the music lol so bad!!! It seems he is a lot faster than given credit for and he is very hard to get a clean hit on as he is always rolling and spinning. Exciting to see what this year has in store for him!
     

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