WR Austin Pettis - Free Agent

6-2, 209Born: 5-7-1988College: Boise StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 78 (2011)

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2014 Week 2 vs TB (4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Pettis made a couple big plays in this game. With the emergence of Brian Quick and and addition of Kenny Britt, Pettis is the forgotten man. Yet he had 46 yards on 3 receptions, including the play of the game in the 4th quarter. As mentioned earlier, Austin Davis threw a deep ball to Pettis down the center of the field on 3rd down. Pettis leaped in the air and made the reception for a 26 yard first down, setting up the game-wining field goal. Prior to that, Pettis had dropped a ball on 3rd down, which caused the Rams to have to settle for a field goal. So his great catch on the final drive served as a redemption for him, and will probably keep him on the field in the future.

2014 Week 3 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)

The addition of Britt cements Pettis into a very limited amount of playing time. He's not getting the number of snaps that he did last year, which is probably good for St. Louis. But as the number 3 wr, he's much more dangerous, as he's a very heady route runner, and can get open at important times. A great example of his smart play is on his TD. Davis was in trouble and rolled out to his left to escape pressure. Pettis found a hole in the defense waited, caught the ball, and sat down as he was catching it. A perfect example of a safety valve that a young QB needs. Pettis will never light up a fantasy scoreboard, but he can be a big weapon for his qb, as he was in this game.

2014 Week 5 vs PHI (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Pettis had a few short receptions in the game, but he really made his mark on the game with two big drops on the final drive. Pettis broke open across the middle with little time on the clock. Davis drilled him, and Pettis just flat out dropped a sure first down. Then, Pettis got open on a route that took him to the sideline. He jumped in the air and got both hands on the ball. But the defender made a great play to knock the ball away. It would have taken a lot of strength to hold onto the ball, but at big moments, you have to find it within yourself to come up with those plays. Pettis' drops at the end of the game, won't do much for his desire to play more.

2013 Week 1 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Pettis seems to have the least physical abilities of any of the above receivers, but he is a solid route runner and knows how to get open. Thus, he was targeted on three incompletions before he hauled in a 5 yard reception on out pattern for his first catch in the 3rd quarter. He followed that up with another short gain, and then with a 8 yard reception going across the middle in the final quarter. Pettis isn't going to blow anyone over with physical ability, but he does seem to be a solid possession receiver that Bradford looks at on a frequent basis.

2013 Week 2 vs ATL (11 / 8 / 78 / 1 rec)

Last week it was noted that Pettis was a security blanket of sorts on a number of 3rd down possessions. That became even more of the case this week. Pettis, along with Austin ran the underneath routes over and over in the second half, getting 11 targets, netting a TD, a big PI call, and making a number of big plays to keep the chains moving. Pettis also ran a nice curl route, made the reception and then avoided the defender and accelerated for a 20 yard TD. Pettis' TD began in the slot. Another WR ran a crossing route, taking Pettis defender away. Pettis ran toward the pylon, caught the ball and then dove in just inside the pylon for a TD. With so many weapons, it is unlikely that Pettis will have a number of huge days, as his skill-set lent itself to this type of game perfectly, with the multitude of underneath routes. But he is cementing himself as the fourth option in the passing game, and staying on the field.

2013 Week 3 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

The sure-handed Pettis dropped two passes today. The first came on 2nd and 7 on the first drive. The drop put the Rams in 3rd and long and they had to punt after failing to convert. At least the second drop was meaningless, coming at the very end of the first half, but it still is another missed opportunity. Pettis was able to get a TD on a 2 yard slant pass on fourth down. He did a good job of holding onto the ball despite getting drilled. He also added a meaningless 16 yard reception in prevent mode at the end of the game. Pettis, as usual, does just enough to stay on the field and grab valuable targets from the other receivers, but not enough to be considered a viable starter, aside from a few lucky TD's.

2013 Week 4 vs SF (9 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Pettis is the ultimate possession receiver for Bradford. His first two receptions both were short routes to the first down marker. In the second quarter, Bradford rolled out and threw a deeper route to Pettis' back shoulder. Pettis made a great play to fight the receiver and come down with a 27 yard gain, the longest gain of the day for St. Louis. Pettis is becoming a favorite target for Bradford and ironically the most stable choice on the Rams if you need decent, steady production for your fantasy team. While everyone else disappears at times, Bradford trusts Pettis.

2013 Week 5 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 49 / 2 rec)

Pettis worked his usual short yardage magic, gaining first downs on curl routes and short passes. His first TD was a 3rd down play in which he simply found the hole in the zone to the right side, sat down and caught the short pass from Bradford. However, late in the game, Pettis got open down the right side and got just enough separation to get a 31 yd TD over the defender's head for a TD. Pettis isn't all that fast, and won't get many of these deep routes, but he runs smart routes, and Bradford trusts him. At this point, Cook, Austin and Givens are probably the three receivers on many fantasy rosters, and Pettis is possibly still on a number of waiver wires. Pettis isn't going to be all that explosive, but there aren't a lot of safer options out there, especially in ppr. He will get his receptions and at times put together big games like he did today.

2013 Week 6 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

The most consistent Rams receiver of this young season is Austin Pettis, but he was only able to get one reception, a short pass where Pettis found a hole in the zone and got 12 yards. The story was the same for most of the Rams receivers. When your QB only throws 16 passes, and he spreads those 16 passes to 9 different receivers, it's tough for any WR to have a big day.

2013 Week 7 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Pettis was virtually non-existent in the first half. Later in the game, Pettis did get two short passes, and Bradford looked his way once in the endzone. The emergence of a real running game is really cutting into the number of times that the Rams throw, and it's hard to imagine that will change with Kellen Clemens. Pettis' numbers were a product of a lot of attempts, not necessarily from his ability. As Quick and Tavon grow, Pettis' numbers will only go down.

2013 Week 8 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Early in the game, Clemens was under duress, rolled out and threw a lob to Pettis who was headed down the left sideline. This 26 yard gain was the biggest play of the day for St. Louis. Pettis also had a short sideline reception, but wasn't targeted a whole lot in the second half. Pettis plays the possession role in this offense, and Jared Cook seemed to take that role over in the second half.

2013 Week 9 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Kellen Clemens is the type of QB that should value Austin Pettis, but Pettis just hasn't been getting any looks since Clemens took over. His single reception was a short 13 yard gain across the middle. Any fantasy value he had has washed away with the run-first offense and Kellen Clemens

2013 Week 10 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The minimal passing attempts hurt Pettis, but his lack of big play ability hurt him more. As the other, more talented wr's grow and learn how to play the game, Pettis' touches fall. Also, Clemens doesn't use Pettis nearly as much as Bradford did. For now, Pettis shouldn't be on anyone's radar screen in fantasy.

2013 Week 15 vs NO (4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

Without Tavon Austin on the field, Pettis became the primary possession receiver. Pettis had 4 big receptions, all of them for first downs. Pettis excels on the short slant passes and the quick out patterns. These patterns are his bread and butter, and he made some big first downs that kept the offense moving. Pettis doesn't have enough big play ability to put up big stats, but he's the kind of "move-the-chains" guy that every offense needs.

2013 Week 16 vs TB (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Pettis had two short grabs, one for a first down. His job seems to have been taken over by Bailey. Bailey offers more upside, is quicker, and of course is only a rookie.

2013 Week 17 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Pettis seems to have lost his role as the possession receiver to Bailey. There isn't enough room for two possession receivers on the field at all times, and Bailey has taken over the snaps lately. Pettis didn't get many looks, but remains a solid possession guy when the ball swings his way.

2012 Week 4 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

The Rams used Pettis as a possession receiver running intermediate in and out routes at roughly first down depth, he hauled in a pair of catches for 22 yards, both of which were first downs.

2012 Week 5 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Pettis was targeted in the end zone on the the third play of the game, but was overthrown. He only had one catch, but that could change in the coming weeks as he gets a bump up the depth chart in Amendola's absence.

2012 Week 6 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

With Danny Amendola out of the lineup, Pettis' role did not expand. Outside of an off-target throw by Bradford, his only action came on a short option route against man coverage. It was an Amendola-like play where Pettis read the inside position of the defender, cutting back to the outside for the first down reception.

2012 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 17 / 1 rec)

Sunday's late October contest against the Packers was Pettis' "breakout" game - if you could call it that - as the Boise State alum totaled two catches for seventeen yards, including a garbage-time touchdown pass from quarterback Sam Bradford in the waning seconds of the game. 


2012 Week 8 vs NE (5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Pettis was the primary target of the Rams short passing attack in the first quarter but disappeared once the Patriots began to focus on him. He had only one catch after the first quarter and did not show an ability to get open once the Patriots turned up the pressure.

2012 Week 10 vs SF (4 / 3 / 15 / 1 rec)

Pettis' touchdown catch came on a quick slant in the red zone. With a blitz coming up the middle, Pettis cut inside and beat the safety, catching a perfect ball in stride for the score. His other two catches were on short routes, and Pettis was unable to get much separation or elude defenders to break long gains. In overtime, Pettis was injured and had to leave the game while the Rams mounted their final attempt at victory.

2012 Week 11 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

Pettis did make a beautiful catch, stretching to grab a 36-yard pass early in the first quarter, but only had one catch the rest of the game. With Amendola back, he will go back to playing very sparingly in 3 and 4 wide receiver sets. It is promising to see the second year pro make a play down the seam, as the Rams are certainly looking to add to their dearth of playmakers. Barring another injury to Danny Amendola or one of the other receivers, there isn't much value in Pettis right now.

2012 Week 13 vs SF (4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pettis' two catches came on short routes, one a slant and the other an out route. The most significant play Pettis was involved in came on a 4th down in the red zone. Breaking to the corner of the end zone, Pettis leapt in to the air to catch a high pass. The coverage was tight, and as Pettis wrapped his hands around the ball, the defender knocked the ball out for an incompletion. Pettis also dropped a slant when hit by the safety, and for most of the game, Pettis could not get any separation from coverage.

2012 Week 14 vs BUF (5 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

Pettis was fourth on the team in targets with five, catching all of them for 33 yards. Lacking the big plays Gibson provided; he (Gibson) may not have had the opportunity to catch the game winning TD if not for Pettis. Facing a 4th down, Pettis ran a quick slant. Bradford delivered late, and well behind his WR, but Pettis was able to make the adjustment and reach back against the route (and his body) to complete the tough catch.

2012 Week 15 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)

Pettis caught a reception over the middle of the field for a first down late in the third quarter. Bradford went back to Pettis soon after on fourth and one when they spread the field. Pettis ran a quick out and beat the defender for the first down, but was injured at the end of the play. Pettis came back after the quarter break and caught a crossing route for eight yards. Two plays later, Pettis caught a six yard curl route over the middle. Two plays after that, Pettis drew a pass interference penalty deep down the right sideline. He caught a 24 yard pass over the middle in space on the team's next drive.

2012 Week 16 vs TB (1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)

Though he had only one catch, Pettis' seam route in the end zone was a valuable one as the receiver showed great timing with his quarterback to execute a bang-bang play-action throw and catch for a touchdown. Cutting inside and elevating as the ball was thrown, Pettis caught the touchdown in the vacated space afforded by the play-action, scoring untouched.

2012 Week 17 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)

Pettis had five targets on the day, catching three including one TD and had one really poor drop. Running across the back of the end zone, Bradford's short pass to Pettis was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Despite the fluttering ball, Pettis was able make an adjustment and make the catch for the two-yard TD. The following drive Bradford went back to Pettis on 2nd down, delivering a perfect ball that would have resulted in a first down, but the pass went directly through his hands and bounced off his chest. Later Pettis made a nice play on a 3rd down catch, picking up the first down on the short underneath toss. Shoved out of bounds right at the marker, Pettis was able to reach the ball out for the 1st down.

2011 Week 3 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Pettis received his first playing time of the year, but wasn't able to distinguish himself in any way, certainly not having the kind of impact that fellow rookie Torrey Smith did. Pettis hauled in two short passes, but didn't get opportunities to show any kind of playmaking ability yet.

2011 Week 4 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Pettis had a roller coaster type day, most of his troubles came on his punt return duties (he needs to be informed that a fair catch is available). Pettis played the slot position and actually demonstrated a knack for getting open and the grit required to catch the ball in traffic. Danny Amendola's recent set back might give this rookie an opportunity to produce in the future and maybe receive more of role in this offense.

2011 Week 9 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

Nearly invisible for three quarters, Pettis saw just one target until the fourth quarter. When he was involved, he showed good hands and an ability to gain yards after a short catch. Pettis flashed some nice speed and determination in fighting for yards once the defenders got their hands on him. With Greg Salas injured, it's likely Pettis will resume his spot in the slot which he had just lost to Salas.

2011 Week 10 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Pettis looked really solid, especially after the catch. He did a really nice job of getting open underneath the coverage and then getting up field immediately after the catch. Twice he caught the ball short of the marker and made a move to get the first down. He also made a nice snag on a screen pass thrown behind him and turned that into a positive gain.

2011 Week 11 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pettis was being worked in and out of the game when he injured his knee in the second quarter. He was used primarily on shorter routes.

2011 Week 12 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

Pettis seemed to get more opportunities as the game wore on. He got the call in important situations, and made a nice leaping catch that showed good concentration. He's not quite starter worth for fantasy, but appears to be gaining the trust of his coaches and quarterback, so his performance bears watching.

2011 Week 13 vs SF (7 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)

Pettis had a few nice receptions and showed some decent after the catch skills. Pettis primarily played in the slot and looked good playing there. Pettis did not have any dropped balls (something he has struggled with), and he really moves nicely for a big man.

2011 Week 14 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

He managed one catch for seven yards on four targets not much more here.