Pair of receivers join Tavon Austin for 49ers workouts today
It appears that the San Francisco 49ers are looking to add a wide receiver soon, hosting Tavon Austin for a workout on Thursday. Besides Austin, the 49ers also invited veteran wideouts Donte Moncrief and J.J. Nelson to work out with the team, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
The 49ers brought in a trio of wide receivers for a workout: Tavon Austin, Donte Moncrief and J.J. Nelson. WR remains a position of focus until Deebo Samuel recovers from his foot injury.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 13, 2020
With the timetable for Deebo Samuel to return being unknown, San Francisco is looking to bolster their wide receiver position. Samuel suffered a broken foot in June and underwent surgery in hopes to be ready for the 2020 season.
Along with Samuel, Richie James also sustained an injury this offseason, breaking his wrist while working out. Given the team’s injuries at the position, the 49ers could use some depth at wide receiver in training camp. And with Moncrief, Nelson, and Austin working out for them, it’s evident that San Francisco is seeking a veteran presence.
Moncrief spent the 2019 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Carolina Panthers after a one-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. Prior to that, Moncrief was with the Indianapolis Colts for the first four seasons of his career. His best season came in 2015 when he notched 64 receptions for 733 yards and six touchdowns.
As for Nelson, he’s more of a vertical threat than Moncrief. In his first three years in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Nelson recorded 18.6 yards per reception on 74 receptions. The former fifth-round pick contributed only four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown in 2019 for the then-Oakland Raiders.
The 49ers currently field a receiving corps of rookie Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jalen Hurd, and Trent Taylor. Even though Samuel will return at some point, San Francisco signing an experienced wideout seems inevitable.