TE Brandon Pettigrew - Free Agent

6-6, 263Born: 2-23-1985College: Oklahoma StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 20 (2009)

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2015 Week 5 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew was utilized slightly less than Tim Wright, but was more effective with his yardage after the catch. Pettigrew was also used on a nifty play action pass with heavy blocking to the left and Pettigrew isolated on the right side of the field. Both he and Wright have replaced Ebron with little to no drop-off.

2015 Week 8 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Seeing only one pass come his direction, Brandon Pettigrew pulled in a beautiful 17 yard reception in the middle of the field.

2015 Week 10 vs GB (4 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)

Targeted four times, Brandon Pettigrew managed a touchdown over the middle from the 2 yard line. Like Ebron, he was targeted, but struggled to connect with Stafford for much of the day.

2015 Week 11 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew made an 8 yard catch on a delay route to the right. He was not targeted again in the game.

2015 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew made up for Ebron's lack of drops early in the game, dropping what would have been a 20 yard reception near the goal line. He wasn't targeted again until late in the game on a 21 yard crossing route.

2015 Week 14 vs LA (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew only saw one pass in his direction, and made the catch for a 7 yard gain. Unfortunately for Pettigrew, a non-contact injury when he cut inside on a crossing route ended his season, as reports Monday are that he suffered a torn ACL.

2014 Week 1 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

With three functional tight ends rotating in and out of the game, Pettigrew saw a single target and was primarily a blocking option against the Giants. Eric Ebron was used more often down the seam on deeper routes and Joseph Fauria lining up as a split out receiver as well. Pettigrew, while the snap count was moderate, had minimal role in the passing offense this week.

2014 Week 2 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew dropped an outlet pass late in the fourth quarter of Detroit's loss at Carolina, with open field in front of him, in his lone passing game involvement this week.

2014 Week 4 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

With Joseph Fauria out of the lineup against Jets, the three-headed committee at tight end was down to Pettigrew and rookie Eric Ebron. Pettigrew did not see much action in the passing game and logged two short, non-descript receptions for the game. Pettigrew was on the field for more than 80% of the snaps, his highest of the season, but is simply not a significant factor in the passing game anymore.

2014 Week 5 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was minimally-involved in the pass game against Buffalo. Two quick out receptions were the highlights of Pettigrew's ho-hum performance. Matthew Stafford also missed Pettigrew when pressured on a third down. Eric Ebron continues to evolve as the featured tight end in the offense, leaving only possession-based targets for Pettigrew.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

With Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria out of the lineup against the Saints, Pettigrew had an unobstructed path to tight end targets against the Saints. Pettigrew underwhelmed with his typical short routes and lack of athleticism before or after the catch. On one occasion Pettigrew had running room for yards-after-the-catch, but did little to take advantage. Even with little competition, Pettigrew remains a non-factor in the Detroit passing game.

2013 Week 1 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

It was a tough day for Pettigrew against the Vikings. Pettigrew had a drive-killing holding penalty on fourth-and-one early in the game, forcing a field goal after a long drive. He then dropped a short target, which was nearly ruled a fumble. Finally, Pettigrew found an opening on a screen pass for a handful of rare yards after the catch before he was stripped from behind. The fumble came on the edge of field goal range, halting yet another promising Detroit drive. In addition to Pettigrew's poor play, rookie Joseph Fauria made a few impact plays in his first NFL game. Fauria's development could impact Pettigrew's production and involvement in the passing game going forward.

2013 Week 2 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

After one of his worst NFL games in Week 1, Pettigrew rebounded to have a positive impact or two against the Cardinals along with two, now-common, dropped passes. He had room after the catch early in the game as Stafford found him on a play-action rollout, a staple of the Lions offense. Late in the fourth quarter, Pettigrew made a true highlight reel catch as he fully extended for a Stafford pass that was nearly past him by the time he got his hands on it. For all the times Pettigrew drops the routine play, he was the lone Detroit receiver that stepped up and made a play in the fourth quarter this week. Pettigrew also added two dropped passes on third downs earlier in the game to his day, both on third down.

2013 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 7 / 54 / 0 rec)

After having three subpar games to open the season, Pettigrew rebounded with a solid effort against Chicago. He caught all seven of his targets as Stafford's favorite possession target with Nate Burleson out of the lineup. Most were quick hitch routes or out-breaking patterns with little room after the catch. While his yardage was low, he did not drop a pass or fumble, two things that have recently plagued the tight end.

2013 Week 5 vs GB (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)

After a slow start to the season, Pettigrew has put together back-to-back solid performances. This week the Lions offense needed all the help it could get against Green Bay without Calvin Johnson or Nate Burleson in the lineup. Pettigrew still managed to throw in an untimely drop in the game, but caught his remaining targets. He made two uncharacteristic highlight reel plays. One came after the catch on third-and-long, as he leaped over an oncoming defender for the first down and getting Detroit into field goal range. Another came on a perfectly thrown pass down the seam where Pettigrew had to fully extend to make the great catch. That level of athleticism has not been present with Pettigrew in quite a while.

2013 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

It was a ho-hum game for Pettigrew against Cleveland this week. He caught all four of his targets in a possession role. Joseph Fauria has become the tight end of choice in the red zone, leaving short routes in the middle of the field to Pettigrew. On his highest-impact plays, Pettigrew converted a third down with a crossing route reception and eludes a defender for a solid gain in the fourth quarter. Even with a limited Calvin Johnson and Tony Scheffler out of the lineup, Pettigrew's role in the offense was minimal.

2013 Week 7 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 7 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew got a rare goal line target against the Bengals, which was his lone highlight pass. Against tight coverage, Pettigrew used his big frame to shield the defender and convert the short target. Tight coverage was typical as Pettigrew was unable to shake free most of the game against Cincinnati. On one of his early targets, a floating pass from Stafford in Pettigrew's direction was nearly intercepted as Pettigrew make little effort to break up the play.

2013 Week 8 vs DAL (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew made another outstanding catch this week against Dallas. Stafford found Pettigrew down the seam, requiring a full-extension grab for the sizeable gain. In addition to his highlight reception, Pettigrew also threw in a dropped third down target in the final two minutes of the game and a false start penalty on a third down earlier in the game. Pettigrew remains very inconsistent from week-to-week and snap-to-snap. Joseph Fauria did not play much this week as Pettigrew is still the unquestioned starter.

2013 Week 10 vs CHI (5 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew had another good game against Chicago this week. The entire spectrum of tight end routes was on display as Pettigrew made a leaping grab over the middle, down the seam, and gained yards after the catch on outlet and intermediate routes. Pettigrew has played much better of late than the drop and penalty-filled games early this season. His effort after the catch and willingness to fully extend for passes are key elements to his improved play.

2013 Week 11 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew made a tough reception on the opening play of the game against Pittsburgh. On the play his knee was caught up and twisted underneath him and he was helped off the field. After missing a few plays and getting his knee wrapped, Pettigrew was back on the field. Stafford was wild on two passes in Pettigrew's direction. One on a deep target down the middle of the field and another an end zone look that forced Pettigrew to fully extend on the play. While Pettigrew had a chance for the score, it would have been a true highlight play to haul in the off-target throw. After the injury Pettigrew did not appear limited by his early knee injury.

2013 Week 12 vs TB (5 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew had an up-and-down game against Tampa Bay, showing athletic flashes at times and looking half lost on occasion. His highlight play was another full-extension grab down the seam, a play Detroit seems to dial up at least every other game. Pettigrew caught the perfect pass over linebacker coverage, finishing off the touchdown drive with his second score of the season. He also drew a defensive pass interference penalty to convert a third down. The questionable plays include a lackluster effort on an outlet target as Mathew Stafford was being pressured in the pocket. Pettigrew a hot read and the ball arrived without much notice from the tight end, resulting in an interception returned for a touchdown, a turning point play. On another target, Pettigrew put up just one hand on a perfectly-thrown seam route resulting in an incompletion instead of a big play.

2013 Week 13 vs GB (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew struggled on his limited targets against the Packers. He caught a routine play-action pass for a short gain, but got alligator arms on a high-leverage target in the red zone. On third down, Stafford threw a well-thrown ball down the seam to Pettigrew in the end zone. Pettigrew got both hands on it, but did not fully extend to have much of a chance at the touchdown. In addition to that play, Pettigrew threw in a false start penalty when Detroit was in a goal-to-go situation late in the first quarter.

2013 Week 14 vs PHI (3 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew converted a much-needed third-and-long early in the game. Detroit struggled to establish any offense and Pettigrew came wide open over the middle. Pettigrew was not involved in the offense again until dropping a low target in the flat late in the fourth quarter. This week marked Pettigrew's fourth straight game with less than 40 receiving yards.

2013 Week 15 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew had his third straight with less than 25 receiving yards, but did the most with his two targets against Baltimore. Both came in the fourth quarter and in high-leverage situations. Pettigrew was one of the few receivers to convert a third down for Detroit as he turned up-field, diving for the first down marker. On his other reception, Pettigrew corralled a well-thrown seam pass and absorbed a vicious hit. He was shaken up on the play, but held on to the pass.

2012 Week 1 vs STL (10 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew is one of Stafford's favourite targets and was the second leading receiver for DET on Sunday. Pettigrew used his size and very reliable hands to out muscle defenders and give his QB a big window to throw into. He benefitted a lot by playing near to Calvin Johnson as he drew a lot of attention away from Pettigrew. He had several impressive grabs on short and long curl routes, simple over the middle patterns for big first downs to keep the chains moving for his team. Pettigrew could have had a touchdown catch late in the game as Stafford found him in the endzone but he couldn't get his hands on the ball enough and it fell incomplete. He had a very impressive diving catch down the seam, showing his catch radius and athletic ability to haul in the pass that set up the go ahead touchdown late in the game. Pettigrew provided a huge target for Stafford with soft hands and was a staple in the offense to move the chains and take pressure away from Calvin Johnson on third down.

2012 Week 2 vs SF (4 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew and the entire Lions passing game was put in an awful position by the stout 49ers defense on Sunday. The 49ers played very tight pass coverage all over the field and receivers like Pettigrew for the Lions struggled to make any plays for their team. Early in the game, Pettigrew got mostly short passes on check down plays that resulted in very few yards. Pettigrew was able to score late in the game however, showing terrific hands and concentration. Pettigrew hauled in a pass against very tight coverage over the middle of the defense, took a big hit and held onto a very fast ball from Stafford to get the score. The rest of the game, almost every DET offensive receiver apart from Calvin Johnson looked invisible and the Lions never could figure out the 49er defense.

2012 Week 3 vs TEN (12 / 8 / 61 / 0 rec)

The Titans' defense is notorious for giving up big days to opposing tight ends, and Pettigrew took advantage. Collecting 8 catches for 61 yards, Pettigrew found holes in the Titans secondary all day. Brandon dropped the first pass of the game, and another in the second half. He did take advantage of the shift in game plan, and racked up most of his yardage in the second half. He did lose a ball to a defender that was returned for a touchdown and otherwise did nothing after the catch. His value is based mainly on how many targets he gets in this offense.

2012 Week 4 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was coming off a terrible game and redeemed himself with his work against the Vikings. With Calvin Johnson covered, Pettigrew (along with Nate Burleson) was key in keeping the chains moving for Stafford. Unlike the previous week which saw tons of bad drops by the tight end, this week he did a tremendous job holding onto the ball, even when he was being hit which the Vikings did often. Stafford looked for him twice in the final, desperate drive in the fourth quarter, and looked to him liberally throughout the game. It's hard to gauge focus for a player sometimes, but Pettigrew looked filled with a purpose and was a huge asset for Stafford. If he can keep the momentum going forward, he could have a big role in the offense but we've seen this before and he has to show some consistency before we all get too excited.

2012 Week 6 vs PHI (7 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew had a quiet game for the Lions, and didn't even have a catch in the second half of the game. His first catch came midway through the first quarter. Matthew Stafford faked the run, then rolled out to the right and dumped the ball to Pettigrew in the flat for a 10 yard catch and run. It was the same play they ran to him again in the second quarter and Pettigrew broke it for 16 yards. Later in the second, Pettigrew took a short screen up the field for a big 12 yard gain giving him three first downs on three receptions. Pettigrew had another opportunity for a big gain in the 4th quarter - another play action dump into the flat. Pettigrew was wide open with no one in front of him but Stafford threw it too far ahead of him and it fell incomplete. It would have easily been a 20 yard gain, possibly more.

2012 Week 7 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew had a quiet game, and although he finished with five catches, there were all for short to medium gains where he was able to make the short catch and run for a few more yards before being tackled. He had two short sideline catches in the second quarter where Charles Tillman punched the ball out of his hands both times. But the ball went out of bounds both times and the Lions retained possession. His longest catch was a 13 yard square in at the end of the third quarter, but the drive never amounted to anything. Pettigrew was also targeted in the end zone on the play just before the TD pass to Broyles, but Brian Urlacher made a great play to knock the ball down.

2012 Week 8 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew tied for the team lead in targets with nine, catching seven of them and looking like a completely different TE than he has all season. After struggles holding on to the ball, Pettigrew looked much more confident on Sunday, including taking a shot immediately after making the catch on the Lions' 3rd TD drive. Working off the line of scrimmage, Pettigrew ran a quick out. Stafford quickly hit the TE just as LB K.J. Wright and safety Kam Chancellor were descending upon him. Pettigrew brought the throw in just as the brutal hits came down. Pettigrew held on, setting up first and goal from the Seattle two. Again working off the line, Pettigrew's long came on another out as he easily beat the coverage from Bobby Wagner and picked up 18 yards. Seattle really struggled adjusting to Pettigrew coming off the line as five of his seven catches were the same out route off the line. Pettigrew received two targets inside the ten-yard line, the aforementioned contested catch and another from the Seattle one-yard line on the game winning TD drive. Just like Young and Broyles, Pettigrew really benefited from all the attention paid to Johnson and Stafford took advantage.

2012 Week 9 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew continued to be an enigma, dropping an easy catch over the middle but making a tough diving catch later in the game. The catch was huge as it converted a third down on a drive that led to a touchdown.

2012 Week 10 vs MIN (9 / 3 / 32 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew's first reception was a quick curl route underneath against off coverage on second and 10. He gained forward momentum for a first down. Pettigrew's second reception came late in the third quarter, but went for a touchdown. He beat a defender deep in man coverage before showing soft hands by catching the ball coming over his shoulder in stride. Despite his touchdown, Pettigrew very much remained on the periphery of this game. He caught a quick curl route for a first down as the Lions went into hurry up mode late in the fourth quarter.

2012 Week 11 vs GB (7 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)

The Lions opened the game with two short passes to Pettigrew. He caught one for three yards on a designed roll out and dropped the short curl. In general, Pettigrew was used more in this game in the short passing routes across the middle and out into the flat. In the second, he again caught a short crossing route for just three yards, and had another short four yard check down near the end of the 1st half. His only catch of the second half came early in the third quarter -a short dump on 3rd and 2 where Pettigrew was able to break up field for a nice 12 yard catch and run.

2012 Week 13 vs IND (8 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew managed to get Stafford's attention away from Calvin Johnson just enough to register a touchdown. Pettigrew ran a post route, had a big size advantage on his defender and Stafford placed the ball just high enough for the TE to easily pluck it for the score. Pettigrew had a chance at another touchdown in the endzone but he failed to secure the catch and it fell to the ground. Pettigrew caught a short out pattern and curl over the middle but didn't accomplish much else after his touchdown. Pettigrew has always struggled with fumbles and drops but clearly has the talent to produce. It's difficult to rely on Detroit's passing offense and Stafford however as they are one dimensional and frequently struggle to produce in games where Calvin Johnson doesn't dominate the defense and open up things for his teammates.

2012 Week 14 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew left the game very early with an ankle injury and never returned.

2012 Week 17 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was limited in this game due to an ankle injury. He was clearly not running a full speed, and on several plays, it was clear that he did not have a solid push off. Both of his catches were in the first half, and both were short five and six yard passes where he was tackled immediately. Stafford tried to go to him later in the game, but the timing of the play was off because Pettigrew couldn't' come out of his break fast enough.

2011 Week 1 vs TB (6 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew continued his role as the big play threat of the Lions down the middle of the field. With defenses focusing on Calvin Johnson and Jahvid, Pettigrew was free to work the middle of the field and take advantage of his size and speed. In the first quarter, he had a nice 19 yard reception on a sideline route, and his biggest gain was a 25 yard bomb down the middle of the field on a fake to Jahvid Best. Pettigrew should have had a TD at the end of the first quarter, but the ball went right through his hands. Stafford put the ball in perfect position for him, but Pettigrew couldn't come up with it and the Lions had to settle for a field goal.

2011 Week 2 vs KC (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

He hurt himself in the 2nd quarter as he laid out on a nice pass from Stafford where he had to buy time and also get a key block form his Best in order to even get the pass off as he was running for the sidelines. Pettigrew could not hold on to the ball falling out of bounds and appeared to hurt his left shoulder as he fell to the ground. Hopefully nothing major and he will be fine for next week. The Lions pulled ahead and then there was really no reason for them to keep throwing the football so Pettigrew had a fairly quiet afternoon. He did make an appearance late in the game and caught a short pass near the end zone so hopefully he is fine moving forward.

2011 Week 3 vs MIN (13 / 11 / 112 / 0 rec)

During the first 2 weeks, Pettigrew was used mostly as a blocker, but in this game he was like a nice, cozy security blanket for Stafford. Time after time, Stafford found Pettigrew settled in the soft middle of the frequent zone coverage from the Vikings. Pettigrew's ability was best demonstrated on back-to-back plays in the 3rd quarter when he followed an easy 10-yard reception (where he seemed unguarded) with a 27-yard seam route, beating EJ Henderson down the middle to the Minnesota 2 yard line. Pettigrew was critical to the Lions' second half offensive scheme, where they negated the Minnesota rush by completing short to intermediate length passes designed to find the openings in coverage they had identified at halftime.

2011 Week 4 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

Although he didn't reach the end zone in this contest, Pettigrew did what he does best - burn defenses over the middle with his size and speed. For most of the game, Pettigrew was that safety valve - when Stafford was under pressure, Pettigrew was the guy he looked to dump the ball to. However, at the end of the third quarter, Stafford opened up his comeback march with a big 22 yard catch and run over the middle of the field Stafford found a wide open Pettigrew to kick-start the drive and tour plays later, Calvin had the first of his two TD receptions. He had several other catch and run type check down plays throughout the game, including a nice 13 yard one that was called back in the 4th quarter due to an illegal block in the back by Nate Burleson. The drive eventually led to a field goal, but Stafford was hoping to get close enough for a TD. With the talent that this team has on the outside, expect Pettigrew to continue to chip in 4-6 receptions a game, including several big plays down the middle of the field. He's the guy that Stafford looks to when he's in trouble and that will lead to a lot of receptions.

2011 Week 5 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 39 / 1 rec)

Had a nice touchdown grab early in the 2nd half as he lined up in a classic TE stance on the line and released untouched on the right side. Lance Briggs tried to catch up but it was too late as Stafford fired it in there and it was an easy walk to the end zone for Brandon Pettigrew. He had numerous targets and caught most of everything thrown his way. He has great complimentary WRs that draw most coverage away form him leaving him many times one on one with a LB which a complete mismatch. Good solid night for Pettigrew and his owners.

2011 Week 6 vs SF (14 / 8 / 42 / 1 rec)

On a team with explosive playmakers like Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best, it was Pettigrew who was the most heavily involved player in the team's passing game. He came very close to scores on two separate occasions early on. One pass was about to be caught when the defender blindly stuck his hand up at the last second to knock it away. On another, he was wide open in the corner of the end zone for another touchdown, but tripped and fell before getting to the ball. Pettigrew did eventually manage to haul in a touchdown, but even that one wasn't without controversy. The ball was being juggled as he was falling to the ground, but as he hit the ground his arm was wrapped around the ball while the arm of the defender was also wrapped as well. Moments after Pettigrew hit the ground and was on his back, the ball was stripped away by the defender. It was unclear whether Pettigrew had established clear possession of the ball, but either way the play should have been reviewed. It wasn't, and the call stood. In the second half, Pettigrew added another red zone target but the ball was thrown behind him. And to cap off his afternoon, he dropped a couple of fourth quarter passes. One of the balls was tipped at the line which affected the speed and trajectory of the pass, so it's understandable that Pettigrew tried to catch and turn upfield too quickly since he expected the ball to be there a lot sooner.

2011 Week 7 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew's production took a big hit as Stafford had an erratic day and was forcing a lot of balls as the Lions were behind in this game. Pettigrew was used mostly on short routes and slants on quick passes for first downs. He has a lot of value in the red zone but the Lions did not have many plays in the red zone and relied on a big play for their only touchdown. The Lions also ran the ball a lot and this limited Stafford's pass attempts.

2011 Week 8 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew had a quiet game for Detroit, finishing with just three short receptions. In the first quarter, he caught a short screen but was immediately dropped for a four yard loss. Stafford went back to him again on the next play, a short five yard curl to get him some positive yardage. In the second quarter, Stafford dumped the ball over the middle to Pettigrew for his longest catch of the day - a seven yard catch and run to open the drive. Pettigrew had one other target - a short sideline route in the third quarter when Stafford was rolling out under pressure and tried to side-arm the ball to Pettigrew - it was nearly picked off. Pettigrew didn't have a target in the 4th quarter.

2011 Week 10 vs CHI (9 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)

The Lions needed Pettigrew to come up big in this game, but he ended up with a very pedestrian like performance. With Calvin Johnson and Titus Young drawing the defensive attention, Pettigrew should have been able to exploit the middle of the field. Unfortunately for him, he was never able to shake off the coverage and finished the game with just 38 receiving yards on nine targets. His biggest play came just before half-time, when Stafford found him on the right side of the field on a medium curl route. Pettigrew made the catch and fought forward for a bit 17 yard gain. The rest of the game was spent catching short check-down passes for minimal gains. Down the stretch with the game well out of reach, Matthew Stafford targeted Tony Scheffler instead of Pettigrew in the red zone.

2011 Week 11 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)

The Lions' primary tight end Brandon Pettigrew was a good safe option in the passing game for Stafford in this game. Pettigrew did not venture downfield very often, instead operating within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. Pettigrew was tough after the catch and hard to bring down. Pettigrew was targeted two times in the red zone, including one that went for a touchdown. Pettigrew shook free of the LB in coverage and got open for a go ahead score.

2011 Week 12 vs GB (8 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew stayed consistently involved in this game for the Lions, but ultimately contributed very little. His longest reception was just 10 yards, and all three of Stafford's interceptions were when he was trying to go to Pettigrew. The first was a bad decision where Stafford tried to force the ball into coverage and it was tipped. The second was a great play by the linebacker, going up to grab the ball as Pettigrew was targeted down the middle. The third was a big jump from Charles Woodson, where he keyed on Stafford and made his move the minute Stafford went to throw the ball. For the game, Pettigrew finished with just four receptions for 27 yards.

2011 Week 13 vs NO (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew played a very small part in the gameplan, aside from a ludicrous personal foul where he actually hit the ref. The penalties really were a large part of the reason Detroit lost, and this one was one of the worst.

2011 Week 14 vs MIN (7 / 6 / 57 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew had a big game for Detroit, catching six of the seven passes thrown his way, including a nice 12 yard reception mid-way through the first quarter. His only incomplete was a dropped pass on the opening drive that was thrown a little too low for him to come up with. Later in the quarter, Pettigrew caught a nice screen and broke up the field. When the defender tried to tackle him, Pettigrew showed great athleticism by jumping over him and barreled forward for a big 17 yard gain. A Few plays later, Pettigrew ran a deep corner route, where he was able to find a hole in the secondary and come down with the perfect 12 yard TD reception. He added two more receptions for 17 yards to end the first quarter. After the Lions jumped out to the big lead, the Lions didn't need Pettigrew as much, but he did come up with the two passes for four and seven yards that were thrown his way in the third quarter as well. He finished the day with most receptions for the Lions, and a solid fantasy day as well.

2011 Week 15 vs OAK (11 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Dropped a lot of balls but he also made several tough receptions for his QB. It was up and down but owners could have cashed in on a lot more. Some of those Calvin Johnson points should have landed in Pettigrew's stat line. Seemed like he had a sure TD in the 4th quarter but made his 3rd drop of the day at that point and cost himself and owners a TD. Pettigrew had a couple end zone targets and came close to cashing in but fell short.

2011 Week 16 vs SD (10 / 9 / 80 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew took full advantage of the attention being paid to WR Calvin Johnson early on by piling up first half receptions en route to a game high nine catches (one of which broke his own Detroit team record for receptions by a tight end). Pettigrew was also rewarded with another red zone look. After scoring just twice in his first nine games, Pettigrew has now scored three times in the last six contests. His touchdown catch in this game was part great pass, part great catch. QB Matthew Stafford fired a bullet into a very tight space where only Pettigrew could catch it, but the big tight end also did a nice job in falling away to his right and hauling in the low throw despite a defender being all over him. As has been the cast most of the season, the majority of Pettigrew's receptions were for shorter yardage, but they helped keep drives alive and/or set up manageable third down pass plays for Stafford.

2011 Week 17 vs GB (11 / 7 / 116 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew turned in his best game of the season, with seven receptions for a season-high 116 receiving yards. He gashed the Packers time and again down the middle of the field, taking advantage of the fact that the Packers were sitting several of their key defensive stars. In fact, four of Pettigrew's seven receptions were for 20 or more yards, including a huge 22 yard reception down the middle of the field of the final scoring drive of the game for the Lions. Pettigrew posted career best totals in receptions, yards and TDS this season, and finished as the #11 fantasy TE this season.

2011 Week 18 vs NO (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew had a nice catch, diving for the deep seam pattern from Stafford and looked athletic while showing his great hands and concentration. However some of his production came late in the game and on check down patterns when the game was long decided. Pettigrew leads the DET TE position by far but he still disappears a lot in games and the bulk of the passing game is put on Johnson. Pettigrew is also a good redzone threat, using his big body and sure hands but DET and QB Stafford hard to press heavy in this game and TE's were not top targets on Saturday.

2010 Week 1 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew's role in the offense has drastically changed now that Tony Scheffler is in the mix. He had one short catch early in the 1st quarter on a check-down from Matt Stafford. The other pass was a quick dump from Shaun Hill in the second half, but Pettigrew dropped it.

2010 Week 2 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 108 / 0 rec)

Despite a slow start in Week 1, Brandon Pettigrew had a breakout game against the Eagles, converting all of his targets but one into catches for 108 yards. His size and speed make mismatches a definite possibility week in and week out and thanks to the fact that he can block, Pettigrew is going to be on the field for the majority of the time on Sundays. Although Tony Scheffler is no slouch, Pettigrew is the future at the position for the team and he showed it on Sunday against the Eagles.

2010 Week 3 vs MIN (9 / 6 / 44 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew's role continues to improve with the Lions due to the absence of Nate Burleson and Shaun Hill's lack of confidence. Pettigrew was the target of several short check down/dump off type of passes where he kept the ball moving and the Lions pushing down the field. He caught all four balls thrown his way on the final two drives of the games for the Lions - including two for big first downs. Although Pettigrew doesn't have break-away speed, he is going to see a lot of action until the Lions can push the ball down the field more.

2010 Week 4 vs GB (11 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew finished the game as Detroit's leading receiver, both in receptions and yards. The Lions opened the game, throwing consecutive passes to Pettigrew that he turned into gains of 10 and 13 yards. He worked the middle of the field and the sidelines as well, catching short screen and check-down passes, and taking advantage of the defensive coverage that was rolling to Calvin Johnson's side of the field. Pettigrew could have had an even bigger game, but he dropped a couple passes late in the game. After the interception that was returned for a TD, the Lions drove down the field and were looking for a TD. Hill hit Pettigrew on a corner route close to the end zone on third down that would give the Lions first and goal. Pettigrew couldn't secure the ball and it came out when he landed, making it incomplete. The Lions settled for a FG on that drive. In the fourth quarter, Pettigrew had another opportunity to secure the first down and keep the chains moving. Unfortunately he didn't secure the ball well and the defender was able to knock it away before he hit the ground and the Lions settled for another FG. Despite these two drops, Hill still looked to him over the middle on their final drive and Pettigrew converted a 3rd down into a big 19 yard gain.

2010 Week 5 vs STL (5 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew continued his early season momentum with a solid showing against the Rams. Pettigrew got involved early on a pass from Hill which forced a penalty for defensive holding. The big tight end showed good hands on several occasions, including a shallow cross for a 4 yard gain. He has otherworldly athleticism for his size. Pettigrew's touchdown came in the red zone when Hill had all kinds of time to survey his options, eventually finding Pettigrew in the middle of the endzone.

2010 Week 6 vs NYG (12 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was targeted more than ever before and did a pretty good job with his opportunities. Several plays stood out with the second year tight end. First was a catch he made early in the second half. Pettigrew made a nice grab across the middle and then added a few yards with a powerful effort where he pushed past a defender and extended towards the first down line. While he came up a little short, it was a great extra something on the play. He showed similar effort and determination at about the 7 minute mark of the fourth quarter. On that play, an 18 yard reception, Pettigrew was wide open. He caught the ball and made a very quick turn up-field to add a few yards. At the end of the run, he was the one who delivered the hit on the Giants defender. He also showed great field awareness to get out of bounds near the end of the game when, with less then two minutes left, he got to the sideline and out of bounds after a catch. It's efforts like those which are an indication that his development is coming along nicely and Pettigrew could turn into a big weapon for the Lions as time goes on.

2010 Week 8 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew and his fellow TE Scheffler were not on Stafford's brain on Sunday and he received few targets. He had an early drop in the game and may have turned Stafford off him. Pettigrew did have a short touchdown catch in the endzone that was contested. This very easily could never have happened however, as the 1st and goal situation was helped by a penalty by the Redskins on a field goal attempt.

2010 Week 9 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew has made some strides in his overall play this year and continues to be a red zone option for Matt Stafford. This week he scored his touchdown (second game in a row with one) early, capping off the Lions' opening drive. On the score, he got inside on Jets safety Jim Leonard and Stafford hit him in stride as soon as the big tight end reached the end zone. The smaller safety would have had a hard time bringing down the sizable tight end even had he caught in a few yards earlier. Pettigrew was targeted a few more times but only made a few more short catches. After the touchdown, the Jets did a pretty good job of clamping down on the second year tight end and Stafford looked more often to Nate Burleson or Jahvid Best in the flat.

2010 Week 10 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew could have had a bigger game, but he was covered very well by the Bills, and he also had a bad drop when no one was around him. He has made of ton of progress as a receiver, and he is a borderline #1 fantasy TE. Hill will keep Pettigrew's value intact because of his reliance on short, quick passes, so expect better days down the stretch.

2010 Week 11 vs DAL (9 / 8 / 75 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was a force against the Cowboys. Most impressively, he absorbed a number of hard hits by the Dallas defense yet appeared to dole out more punishment then he received. Pettigrew was targeted often between the hashmarks, primarily on hooks and quick slants on short drops right off the line. Quarterback Shaun Hill appears to trust Pettigrew as his "hot" receiver on many blitzes and Pettigrew rewards that confidence by using his body to shield defenders and make tough catches. Pettigrew was kept in as a blocker for much of the first quarter but spent the last three quarters of the game running patterns on most every offensive snap.

2010 Week 12 vs NE (7 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

With Tony Scheffler out of the game against New England, nearly all of the tight end workload was left for Brandon Pettigrew for Thanksgiving's contest. Pettigrew stepped up his game, catching five of seven targets for 67 yards, mostly over the middle, and he fought for extra yardage against smaller defenders after the catch. Shaun Hill looked his way often which aided Pettigrew to tie for the team lead in receptions against the Patriots. Pettigrew is still predominantly a pass catching tight end which limits some of his utility in goal line formations, but his abilities as a receiver make him a solid fantasy option.

2010 Week 13 vs CHI (9 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew made a nice move on the opening drive of the game, taking a dumpoff pass, and using his speed and strength to plow ahead for a first down. Pettigrew is a huge target at TE and Stanton looked his way early and often. Even so, Pettigrew's routes are usually short routes and the Lions didn't look to get him involved down the middle of the field where he could be more lethal.

2010 Week 14 vs GB (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew had a quiet game offensively, but pulled in a spectacular catch on the Lions late scoring drive, showing great hands and concentration on a hard, high throw in extremely tight coverage

2010 Week 15 vs TB (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was held in check against Tampa Bay and was targeted just three times. He finished with two receptions for 25 yards.

2010 Week 16 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew finished the game as the leading receiver for the Lions, and proved that he has become an important part of their passing attack. In the second quarter, with Hill under pressure, Pettigrew broke behind the linebackers and caught a nice pass for about a 20 yard gain. He took it up field for another 13 yards and started out a big scoring drive for Detroit. He ended the drive by breaking toward the end zone on a play action pass, finding himself wide open over the middle of the field for a 20 yard score that put the Lions up 10-3. He would have had a much better game, but he also had several key drops, including one play in the fourth quarter where he clearly took his eyes off the ball and nearly gave up an interception. He will be a big part of the Detroit passing game during their final home game against Minnesota.

2010 Week 17 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Brandon Pettigrew has been a nice surprise for both the Lions and Fantasy Owners this season. Unfortunately, this was not one of his better games. He caught a couple short passes over the middle when Shaun Hill was under pressure on the opening drive, and then seemed to settle in as more of a blocker for the Lions the rest of the way. He was targeted on a short pass over the middle by Shaun Hill late in the third quarter but he was well covered and Jared Allen stepped in front of the pass to take it 36 yards for a TD in the other direction. Pettigrew was targeted a couple more times, but the passes were off target and Pettigrew couldn't come up with them. For the game, he finished with just three short receptions for less than 20 yards receiving.

2009 Week 1 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew saw a significant number of snaps, but he was used primarily as an extra blocker. He rarely went out in pass patterns and was not targeted against the Saints.

2009 Week 2 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

The rookie TE for the Lions had a solid performance in this game. He was a frequent target of Stafford on both designed and 'check-down' plays, and Pettigrew took several solid shots and bounced right back up and returned to action. He had another long gain late in the 4th quarter but it was called back on a penalty. Pettigrew was fully engaged in this game and even recovered a Stafford fumble early in the 3rd quarter. He was the clear #2 choice for Stafford when Calvin Johnson was not open.

2009 Week 3 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)


Pettigrew was involved in a few minor plays in the first half of the game, but disappeared in the second half of the game. His two receptions were good pitch and catch plays where he caught the ball and fought for extra yards. He was targeted on two other plays but Stafford missed him both times. Will Heller was they key TE for the second half.

2009 Week 4 vs CHI (10 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)

Rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew was open often down the middle of the field against Chicago, but fellow rookie Matthew Stafford's inaccurate tosses in his direction cost him a huge fantasy game. Pettigrew grabbed four of the 10 targets that were directed towards him against the Bears in Week 4, which bodes well for future weeks for his fantasy numbers. Detroit faces Pittsburgh next week, a team that has had issues this season with big tight ends.

2009 Week 5 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew made three solid catches against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5, highlighted by a leaping 19-yard grab down the middle of the field right after halftime. QB Daunte Culpepper nearly overthrew him but Pettigrew reeled it in, but he paid the price and was hit hard in the back. Culpepper did not consistently put the ball in a catchable place for the rookie with good hands to make a play and he cannot be faulted for the three targets he did not catch.

2009 Week 6 vs GB (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was dealt a shutout in week 6 catching zero passes. He was targeted 3 times, however he dropped an easy catch in the 1st and was never a factor. A few weeks back it looked as if Brandon may be settling into a rookie groove with Matt Stafford, but with Stafford out Pettigrew is struggling to make an impact as a receiver or a blocker in this offense.

2009 Week 8 vs STL (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew was targeted early in the second quarter for the second time. He was double covered but Stafford tried to force the ball in anyway. Pettigrew took a hard shot and was injured on the play. He returned later in the game and had a nice catch and run at the end of the third quarter. Backups Will Heller and Casey Fitzsimmons both saw action in this game, but Pettigrew was the clear #1 TE.

2009 Week 9 vs SEA (8 / 7 / 70 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew had a breakout game for the Lions against the Seahawks. He worked the middle of the field on short and medium passes, making solid catches and frequently taking hard shots from the defense. On his TD reception, Pettigrew split the defense and made a nice catch over the top of the defender for the first score of the game. Stafford looked to him a lot in this game because Bryant and Calvin Johnson were well covered most of the time. While Fitzsimmons was often split out and brought in motion, Pettigrew did most of his damage coming off the line of scrimmage.

2009 Week 10 vs MIN (6 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew worked the middle of the field again, coming up with a few key receptions, but also dropping several very catchable passes. He was well covered in the Red Zone, leading to the Will Heller TD reception early in the third quarter. Pettigrew contributed just two receptions for 23 yards in this game.

2009 Week 11 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)

Pettigrew often got open over the middle, particularly on slow developing deep cross and drag routes. He broke tackles on one deep cross and added a number of yards after the catch. He showed great hands on a briskly thrown pass from Matthew Stafford on the game's final play for a touchdown.

2009 Week 12 vs GB (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Pettigrew suffered an Injury to his knee during the Lions first offensive series and did not return to the game. Early reports are that he will miss the rest of the season.