WR Dante Pettis - San Francisco 49ers

6-1, 192Born: 10-23-1995College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Nov 15): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 14): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Thu Nov 14): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

General News (Tue Nov 12): is running out of time to prove his worth in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. "The more he doesn't take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets," Shanahan said Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Week 11: vs Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Great matchup. The San Francisco 49ers are in a tough situation here in week 11, as they may be without their top two pass-catchers for this game against the Arizona Cardinals. Tight end George Kittle missed last week's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to knee and ankle injuries stemming from an ugly hit he took two weeks ago. In Kittle's absence last week, Rob Dwelley stepped into the starting role, playing 90-percent of offensive snaps and commanding 7 targets throughout the game against Seattle. If Kittle is unable to suit up this weekend, expect Dwelley to thrive as the team's starter in an elite matchup with the Cardinals' porous pass defense. Next, at wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders also left last week's game due to a rib cartilage injury that has him slated to be a game-time decision this weekend. In his absence, rookie Deebo Samuel stepped up and tallied 8 catches for 112 yards on 11 targets on the day. Should Sanders miss out on week 11's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, Samuel should be in line for another high-volume day through the air. Elsewhere in the receiving corps, the 49ers struggled mightily with drops. Kendrick Bourne led all other receivers in volume, with 8 targets on the day, but his untimely drops may have ultimately cost his team the game on Monday night, which may adversely affect his playing time going forward. Jimmy Garoppolo has been trending upwards in recent weeks, and a soft matchup against the Arizona Cardinals' pass defense here in week 11 should keep that going this week, even if his top-tier pass-catchers are unavailable for the game. Arizona's up-tempo offense maximizes not only their offense's scoring opportunities, but also their oppositions. This up-tempo attack has led to their pass defense defending the ninth-most pass attempts so far this season. Given the lack of pass-defending talent on Arizona's defense, this has led to some gaudy passing totals for their opposition, including at least 317 passing yards for 4 of their last 5 opponents. In the trenches, Chandler Jones is a one-man-wrecking crew. Jones leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks off the edge for the Cardinals this season, but aside from an aging Terrelle Suggs, he is getting little support elsewhere in the pass-rush. At the linebacker position, starters Jordan Hicks and Haason Reddick are especially poor pass-defenders. This weakness over the middle of the field has allowed opposing tight ends to have a field day against the Cardinals this year. The Cardinals rank dead-last in the NFL, allowing 21.4 DraftKings points per game to opposing tight ends in 2019. Then, in the secondary, veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has played in only four games this season due to a seven-game suspension to open the year, is questionable this weekend due to a calf injury. The Cardinals' pass defense is already one of the weakest in the NFL with Peterson on the field, and if they are forced to turn to Chris Jones, the backup, it will almost certainly get worse. Expect Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers' passing attack to have a field day once again against the Cardinals, just as they did two weeks ago.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at WAS 59 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0
8 vs CAR 20 0 0 0 3 1.0 5 0 0 0.5
9 at ARI 22 0 0 0 1 1.0 21 1 0 8.1
10 vs SEA 33 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0
11 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1.1 * * * *
11 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1.1 * * * *
11 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

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."


Latest News

49ers | Thursday practice report for SF (Thu Nov 14, 07:48 PM) - San Francisco 49ers PK Robbie Gould (quadriceps), DT D.J. Jones (groin), TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) and OT Joe Staley (finger) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 14. LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), TE Garrett Celek (back), DE Dee Ford (quadriceps), WR Dante Pettis (back), TE Levine Toilolo (groin) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps) were limited during practice.

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49ers | Dante Pettis falling out of favor? (Tue Nov 12, 07:09 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis is running out of time to prove his worth in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. 'The more he doesn't take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets,' Shanahan said Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Our View: Emmanuel Sanders was banged up with a ribs injury on Monday night and it didn't matter for Pettis. He was targeted three times but he was held without a catch. The 49ers gave Kendrick Bourne a larger opportunity than Pettis.
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