49ers' Dante Pettis: Primed for first NFL start
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Pettis will replace Marquise Goodwin (quad) as a starter Sunday against the Lions, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
While no match for Goodwin in terms of straight-line speed or route-running polish, Pettis does have a big-play element to his game once he gets the ball in his hands. He displayed that ability on a catch in the back of the end zone from 39 yards out in last week's 24-16 loss to Minnesota, finishing with two catches for 61 yards and the TD on five targets. Though he figures to take on most of Goodwin's snaps, Pettis probably won't be a one-for-one replacement in terms of targets. Pierre Garcon, George Kittle and Trent Taylor are also candidates to help fill the void left by Goodwin's absence.
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