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Dante Pettis

Dante Pettis

Wide Receiver #18
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 186 lb.
Born:October 23, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 2 (44)
Draft Team:SF

Dante Pettis: Not playing Sunday

Pettis (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was dealing with a knee injury earlier in the week, but he avoided an injury designation and is now a healthy scratch for Week 5. Pettis has been targeted once through four games and didn't play an offensive snap during last week's loss to the Eagles.

October 11, 2020 11:44 AM EST

Dante Pettis: Back at practice

Pettis (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: Pettis suffered the knee injury in Week 4, but as evidenced by this news, the issue isn't serious enough to force him to miss game action. Now that Pettis appears fully healthy, look for him to assume his usual depth role, essentially a non-factor from a fantasy perspective.

October 8, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Suits up Wednesday

Pettis (knee) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pettis suffered the knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Eagles, but the good news was he didn't aggravate the issue. The depth of the receiving room could be tested heading into Week 5's game against the Dolphins, as Trent Taylor (ankle) was also limited in Wednesday's practice. Expect Thursday's practice to shed some better light on both guys' injury status.

October 7, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Should practice Wednesday

Pettis is expected to be at practice Wednesday after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's loss to the Eagles, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The 24-year-old returned to the field after leaving the game with the injury, and it appears he didn't further aggravate the knee issue. Pettis returned one punt for six yards and didn't play an offensive snap during the contest.

October 5, 2020 3:59 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Remains a non-factor

Pettis played just eight snaps and did not receive a target in Sunday's 36-9 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Pettis was unable to get on the field on offense despite the 49ers running a bit thin at wide receiver. The third-year wideout showed significant attitude and work ethic improvements during training camp, but it hasn't translated to snaps in the regular season. With just one target through three games, Pettis should be left on the waiver wire until his situation improves.

September 28, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Dante Pettis: No catches in loss

Pettis was unable to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 24-20 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: So much for getting out of head coach Kyle Shanahan's doghouse during training camp. The sophomore was unable to make anything happen offensively even with Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) sitting this one out. Jimmy Garoppolo looked to his tight ends and running backs early and often, which might be a trend going forward this year. Even if Pettis earns another "start" next week against the Jets, it's hard to get excited after a dud like Sunday's.

September 14, 2020 12:53 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Makes club, could have early impact

The 49ers kept Pettis on its 53-man roster heading into the 2020 regular season, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: After a woeful sophomore campaign, Pettis has begun his comeback tour with a strong camp and a spot on the active roster. The 2018 second-round pick has drawn praise from San Francisco's coaching staff for his renewed attitude and work ethic, which is what kept him from what would have been an embarrassing cut when rosters were trimmed this past weekend. The 24-year-old figures to handle punt return duties -- a skill he excelled at in college -- but he could be in line for an expanded role on offense if projected starters Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) aren't able to suit up Sunday against Arizona. Even in that scenario, it would be tough to recommend relying on Pettis out of the gates with an unknown target share on a run-heavy offense that boasts its star tight end as Jimmy Garoppolo's top target. That said, the wideout was once considered a high-upside asset, so it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see his stock rise as the season progresses.

September 8, 2020 11:47 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Strong bet for 53-man roster

Pettis' spot on the 53-man roster appears to be safe heading into Saturday's upcoming roster cuts, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pettis' situation in San Francisco was looking bleak after a poor sophomore campaign led to the wideout being left off the active roster for the Super Bowl. Injuries have decimated the 49ers' receiver depth chart during training camp, but the 24-year-old has also improved his standing in the organization heading into the 2020 campaign. Pettis started by mending a rocky relationship with head coach Kyle Shanahan that stemmed from a failed "tough love" experiment in 2019. He has reportedly had an impressive camp showing as well. Pettis could end up surprising doubters with a renewed positive outlook and potential for a key role on offense -- if Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) aren't ready by Week 1 -- to begin the season.

September 3, 2020 10:03 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Mends relationship with coach

Pettis and head coach Kyle Shanahan have cleared the air between them and will begin the season with a clean slate, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Pettis entered the 2019 season with high expectations after a late breakout at the end of his rookie campaign, but he received criticism from his head coach after getting off to a slow start during training camp. The then 23-year-old responded negatively to the motivation attempts, finishing with just 109 yards and two scores over 11 games, and was even left as a healthy scratch during the Super Bowl. Pettis has reportedly come into his third year as a pro with a new mindset, patching the relationship between he and Shanahan in the process. With three receivers already ruled out for Week 1 and starter Deebo Samuel (foot) uncertain, the stars may align for Pettis to finally experience the breakout some had hoped he would undergo last year.

August 23, 2020 3:37 AM EST

Dante Pettis: Getting chance to shine

Pettis has an opportunity to step up in a 49ers receiving corps dealing with a number of injuries and one player opting out, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: No. 1 wide receiver Deebo Samuel is recovering from a Jones fracture in his foot that is threatening his standing for Week 1. On top of that, Richie James (wrist) is on the active/non-football injury list, Jalen Hurd may have suffered a torn ACL, and Travis Benjamin decided not to play this season. Pettis has yet to live up to his standing as a 2018 second-round pick, following up a 27-467-5 line as a rookie with just 11 catches, 109 yards and two touchdowns last year. After not suiting up beyond Week 11, he now has a chance to take advantage of the current situation and get back into the WR rotation in San Francisco.

August 19, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Heading toward roster bubble

Pettis may need to compete for a roster spot, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Unable to build on a successful finish to his rookie campaign, the 2018 second-round pick was limited to 11 catches in 11 games last season and didn't play a single snap in the playoffs. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he wants to see Pettis look like he's on a mission this offseason, but the selection of fellow wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk in the first round suggests the Niners aren't count on much. With Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne considered roster locks, the 49ers figure to have a large group of WRs competing for three roster spots, including Pettis, Trent Taylor (foot), Jalen Hurd, Richie James, Jauan Jennings and Travis Benjamin (quad). The second-round pedigree could work in Pettis' favor, but even then he might be limited to a depth role.

April 30, 2020 5:13 AM EST

Dante Pettis: Facing crucial offseason

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he wants to see Pettis "on a mission" this offseason, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Unable to build on a strong finish to his rookie campaign, Pettis was limited to 11 receptions and 313 offensive snaps in 2019, eventually serving as a healthy scratch on gamedays. Shanahan said the lack of playing time was based on an accumulation of factors, including a lack of intensity running routes. Shanahan also hinted that the upcoming offseason could be make-or-break for Pettis' career, noting that he's seen some players "filter out" when they struggle to rebound from a sophomore slump. The 24-year-old wide receiver should at least have a chance to earn a significant role, as Deebo Samuel is the only locked-in starter for San Francisco's wide receiver group.

February 26, 2020 9:24 AM EST

Dante Pettis: Healthy scratch for Super Bowl

Pettis (coach's decision) is inactive for the Super Bowl against Kansas City, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Pettis has had a dramatic fall from grace with the 49ers throughout his sophomore season, making his inactive status for Super Bowl LIV a fitting end to the 2019 campaign. Though the second-year wideout was active for the NFC Championship against the Packers, he didn't play record any snaps during the contest.

February 2, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Practices in full Friday

Pettis (illness) was a full practice participant Friday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pettis brushed off the illness that sidelined him Thursday, or at the very least was able to gut it out and fit in every practice rep to wrap up the first week of Super Bowl prep. Considering he hasn't seen a target since Week 10, though, he's unlikely to make a splash versus the Chiefs on Feb. 2.

January 24, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Returns from illness

Pettis (illness) returned to practice Friday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Pettis only missed one day and should be healthy with plenty of time to spare before the Super Bowl. He was technically active for the NFC Championship Game, but he didn't actually play any snaps in a 37-20 win over the Packers. Any involvement in the Super Bowl would come as a modest surprise.

January 24, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Under the weather

Pettis did not practice Thursday due to an illness, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pettis will have a week and a half to return to full health ahead of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, so there's not yet any reason to consider his availability in jeopardy. More pressingly, the second-year wideout has not recorded a snap on offense since Week 12 of the regular season. Having tumbled down to a depth role in San Francisco's receiver corps, Pettis will be an unlikely candidate to factor into the team's plans on offense even if he's at full strength.

January 23, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Falls completely out of favor

Pettis finished with 11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games during the regular season.

Analysis: Pettis was the biggest disappointment for a 49ers squad that surged to the top of the NFC in 2019. The 23-year-old appeared to be turning into a fantasy factor over the final four weeks of the 2018 season, but he failed to build off of the momentum and seize a potential starting opportunity. Coach Kyle Shanahan questioned the sophomore's effort during training camp, and his statements rang true when the former second-round pick quickly lost his starting job and even return duties to less-proven wideouts. Pettis has flashed his potential at times, and while he remains under contract in San Francisco for the next two years, a potential change of scenery could benefit both sides after a disastrous season.

January 3, 2020 1:54 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Returns to full participation

Pettis (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Pettis has been sidelined by a knee injury for two consecutive games, but he appears on pace to be available for the 49ers' Week 15 tilt against the Falcons. Pettis has played no more than 33 offensive snaps in a single contest since Week 7, however, so don't expect a sudden burst in production upon his return.

December 11, 2019 5:14 PM EST

Dante Pettis: Sitting out Week 14

Pettis (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: The 49ers will be down two receivers in Pettis and Marquise Goodwin (knee/foot) in Week 14, but both players have been afterthoughts in coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive game plan of late. Even if Pettis shakes off the sprained knee in time for the Week 15 game against the Falcons, he likely won't be in line for more than a handful of snaps.

December 8, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Dante Pettis: Questionable for Week 14

Pettis (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pettis sat out Week 13's loss to the Ravens due to a lingering knee issue, and his status for Sunday's tilt against the Saints could come down to a game-time decision. The second-year pro plays a depth role in San Francisco's receiving corps. He hasn't seen more than three targets in a single game since Week 6.

December 6, 2019 12:29 PM EST

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