Looking for depth with receiver Deebo Samuel possible to overlook time at the onset of the year thanks to a damaged foot, the San Francisco 49ers are scheduling to signal receiver/jogging back Tavon Austin and wideout J.J. Nelson, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.
Equally gamers have been at the 49ers facility for exercise sessions and COVID-19 screening, Rapoport added.
ESPN very first documented the information.
With a considerably banged-up and fairly inexperienced group of receivers in San Fran, Austin and Nelson provide a merged 12 seasons of NFL practical experience.
The No. 8 decide on of the 2013 draft by the Rams, Austin, 30, presents the 49ers some flexibility with his previous as not just a receiver, but a kick returner and a rusher. Acquiring hardly ever understood his to start with-round probable with the Rams, Austin returns to the NFC West subsequent two seasons with the Cowboys. Austin gives 3,346 scrimmage yards and 25 whole touchdowns over his to start with seven seasons.
Nelson provides big-play possible with an typical of 17.4 yards for every catch about a five-period NFL profession therefore considerably. Even so, just after displaying guarantee with the Cardinals through again-to-again 500-garden showings in 2016-17, Nelson’s final yr with the Cards in 2018 was an unproductive one particular and he played in only two games previous time during a stint with the Raiders that saw him reduce in November.
Receiver Richie James is also on the NFI list like Samuel, so Nelson and Austin will purpose to contribute to a WR corps that includes initially-spherical select Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jalen Hurd and Dante Pettis.