WR Dante Pettis - San Francisco 49ers
|6-1, 192||Born: 10-23-1995||College: Washington||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2018|
Week 20: vs Green Bay Packers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The San Francisco 49ers' divisional-round game against the Minnesota Vikings was another low-volume day for Jimmy Garoppolo and the team's passing attack. On the day, Garoppolo only attempted 19 passes, an incredibly low total that aligns closely with the team's season-long offensive fingerprint. San Francisco's passing game was the 4th-lowest volume unit in the league, posting a mediocre 28-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio, but an impressive 7.4 net yards per attempt, which was good for 3rd in the league. Last weekend's distribution of targets closely resembled the season-long trends for 49ers' pass-catchers. Tight end George Kittle remains one of the premier players at his position, and he is the team's number-one option through the air. Them, out wide, Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders are both strong secondary options for Jimmy Garoppolo. Samuel, specifically, is an electric playmaker after the catch, and the 49ers make a concerted effort to get him the ball in space. On the other hand, Sanders is a refined route-runner who makes a living by beating defensive backs thanks to his attention to detail. Overall, Jimmy Garoppolo's erratic performance, coupled with typically low volume through the air for the unit, makes this passing attack a highly-volatile unit overall. Green Bay's pass defense allowed mediocre efficiency totals through the air, but much like their offense, an astounding touchdown-to-interception ratio salvaged strong overall numbers against opposing passing attacks this year. The Packers defended the 18th-most passing attempts, allowing middle-of-the-pack yardage totals on the 18th-ranked net yards per attempt mark in the league. Along their defensive line, the Packers field three top-flight pass-rushers. Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith combined for 25.5 sacks during the regular season off the edge. In between them, Kenny Clark is one of the league's best interior pass-rushers, and he posted six sacks of his own this year. The weakness of this defense in coverage is at the second level, where the Packers have a notable lack of capable pass-defenders. This void in the defense helped enable 4 different opposing tight ends to record at least 6 receptions for 84 yards through the air this season, including George Kittle, who went for 129 yards and a score on 6 receptions against Green Bay in Week 12. The Packers' defensive backfield, however, is one of the league's strongest. At cornerback, Tramon Williams and Jaire Alexander are both top-end pass-defenders, and at safety Adrian Amos has proven to be an elite offseason acquisition. Overall, this unit's strengths in the trenches and in the secondary help to mask the weakness at linebacker, salvaging league-average totals against the pass. This weekend, should the 49ers rely on a pass-heavy gameplan, their efficient passing offense should look to focus on exploiting the weak link in Green Bay's defense. In total, this grades as a neutral matchup for the San Francisco passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Dante Pettis's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs SEA (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Pettis saw increased playing time due to Emmanuel Sanders' injury, but he might as well have remained on the sideline. On two of his three incomplete targets, Pettis made a passive play on a catchable pass. On one, a potential 3rd-and-long conversion late in the first half, he waited for the ball to get to him, which allowed a defender to knock it away at the last moment. Then, on the 49ers final drive, Pettis flattened out his route away from a potential hit and alligator-armed a ball that Jimmy Garoppolo had placed ahead of him and farther downfield.
2019 Week 9 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 21 / 1 rec)
Pettis didn't even see the field until the end of the first quarter. On his lone target and reception (and touchdown), the 49ers lined up in a bunch right formation against Arizona's man-to-man defense. Pettis ran a deep corner route into the endzone, but both Patrick Peterson and Byron Murphy, Jr., followed Emmanuel Sanders on his short out route. By the time Peterson realized it, it was too late.
2019 Week 8 vs CAR (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
This game highlighted (or more like lowlighted?) what seems to be wrong with Pettis this season. His first target came on a deep out route where he was late out of his break, so Jimmy Garoppolo's throw was out of reach. His second target came on a swing pass out of the backfield. This time, Garoppolo lead him upfield, but Pettis stayed flat on his route, so the ball fell incomplete after Pettis made a half-hearted stab at it. Finally, on Pettis' third target, an actual completion he gamely went down to the ground to catch, Garoppolo's throw was again timed incorrectly, this time low and behind. It seems clear that these two aren't on the same page at all.
2019 Week 7 vs WAS (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Given the playing conditions, it's no surprise that Pettis' only target of note was Jimmy Garoppolo's third quarter interception. On the play, Pettis beat cornerback Quinton Dunbar deep with a beautiful double-move. Unfortunately, as is his wont, Pettis didn't attack the ball in the air. So when the wind knocked down Garoppolo's pass, safety Troy Apke was able to pick off the underthrow.
2019 Week 6 vs LAR (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
As usual, Pettis got the start and rotated evenly with Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel. His first big play, a 6-yard reception with 13 yards of run after the catch, came on a quick out against Marcus Peters and set up the 49ers' first touchdown. Pettis also set up what should have been another touchdown midway through the third quarter. On this play, he ran a seam route against the Rams' Cover-3 zone and made a leaping catch at the 2-yard line. Two plays later, he nearly scored a touchdown on a Dwight Clark-esque catch attempt of what looked like a throwaway at the back of the end zone, but Pettis' second foot came down out of bounds.
2019 Week 5 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
On the plus side, Pettis logged his own personal best snap percentage for this season, as well as the highest snap percentage among San Francisco wideouts in this game. Unfortunately, he squandered the opportunity for a jog-in touchdown when he dropped a pinpoint-accurate throw from Jimmy Garoppolo on a quick slant inside the Browns' 30-yard line.
2019 Week 3 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec)
This game may have tipped Kyle Shanahan's hand on his intended usage of Pettis: He started and finished both halves, but was mostly off the field in between in both. Pettis' game-winning touchdown was actually a bit of redemption, as it required him to aggressively come back to the ball to make the catch; something he didn't do on two prior targets, one an incompletion and another an interception.
2019 Week 1 vs TB (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Not only did Pettis play only two snaps. Those snaps didn't come until the second quarter, and they came on consecutive plays. His day was literally "stand on the sideline, catch one pass, block one guy, go back and stand on the sideline."
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