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The 49ers are looking for wide receiver depth, of which they have little, at least in the form of proven commodities. The entirety of the team’s receiving corps is staggeringly young, with Trent Taylor, at age 26, and entering his fourth NFL season, the oldest receiver on the roster. He and Kendrick Bourne are the most experienced wide receivers on the team after the 30-year-old Travis Benjamin voluntarily opted out earlier this offseason.
With Deebo Samuel and Richie James Jr. on the sidelines for the foreseeable future due to a Jones fracture and wrist fracture, respectively, the 49ers are working out at least three wide receivers.
The first, Tavon Austin, the former eighth overall pick by the then-St. Louis Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft, was previously reported. His career-best stretch was over 2015 and 2016, during which he had a combined 982 receiving yards and 8 touchdown receptions.
Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the team also brought in Donte Moncrief and J.J. Nelson for workouts.
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
Moncrief, a six-year veteran, last played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played for the Carolina Panthers before being released, and had 48 receptions for 668 yards and 3 TD in 16 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018.
Nelson spent the first four years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals before signing with the Oakland Raiders and playing two games last season. He has 11 receptions for 100 yards and 1 TD over the last two years.