Former Cardinals receiver is turning heads at 49ers training camp

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Trent Sherfield
(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Trent Sherfield /

Former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Trent Sherfield has been looking impressive this summer as he attempts to make the San Francisco 49ers 2021 roster.

Shortly after he wasn’t selected by any team in the 2018 NFL Draft, Trent Sherfield eventually landed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

Undrafted players typically have the toughest road to make an NFL roster, but Sherfield did enough during his first few months with the Cardinals that the team ended up keeping him around for the entire 2018 season.

Sherfield went on to spend 2019 and 2020 in Arizona as well before hitting free agency earlier this year. Instead of returning to the Cardinals for another season, the 25-year-old receiver decided to take his talents to another team in the NFC West, the San Francisco 49ers.

Former Arizona Cardinals receiver making plays during San Francisco 49ers training camp

Sherfield’s deal with the 49ers is worth less than $1 million, so he’s not guaranteed to be on the team’s regular-season roster this year. During this summer’s training camp, however, he’s certainly been making the case for San Francisco to keep him around.

During his time with Arizona, Sherfield spent the majority of this time on special teams. But with the 49ers, it looks like he’s going to get the opportunity to potentially be an important part of the team’s offense in 2021.

Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk appear to have the top two spots on San Francisco’s wide receiver depth chart locked up. But after those two, it’s Sherfield competing to be the 49ers’ No. 3 receiver against guys like Mohamed Sanu, Richie James, and Jalen Hurd.

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Sherfield didn’t do much during his three years with the Cardinals, so it’s not hard to understand why they were fine with him signing elsewhere. But if he ends up succeeding with the 49ers this season, Arizona might be kicking themselves for letting him go.