Pettis took his lone reception (two targets) for 35 yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions. Pettis didn't wait long to make a splash in his first NFL start, running a modified post route to beat Darius Slay for a big gain on the 49ers' first drive. The rookie didn't record another catch for the remainder of the game, but part of that can be attributed to his brief exit in the second quarter due to a knee injury, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports. The 22-year-old did return in the second half, but the team didn't pass the ball much while nursing a multiple-score lead over the Lions. It sounds like Pettis avoided serious injury, so we will await the status of Marquis Goodwin (quad) this week to determine whether Pettis will get another start in what could be an offensive shootout with the Chiefs next Sunday.
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.
Pettis caught two passes (five targets) for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Pettis was cleared for action after sustaining a bruised knee this preseason, and he was immediately pressed into action after Marquise Goodwin (quadriceps) went down in the second quarter. The second-round pick took advantage of the opportunity, extending fully in the back of the end zone to nab a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo. If Goodwin's injury doesn't clear up -- Goodwin did return later in the game -- expect Pettis to take his place once again on the outside opposite Pierre Garcon against the Lions next Sunday.
Pettis (knee) wasn't listed Wednesday on the 49ers' Week 1 injury report. Pettis missed the exhibition finale due to a bruised knee but seems to be fully healthy in advance of the first regular-season game of his career. Selected in the second round of this year's draft, he'll seek to supplant Trent Taylor for reps out of the slot as the campaign wears on.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Pettis is nursing a bruised knee and won't be available for the 49ers' preseason finale Thursday against the Chargers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports. Pettis is a lock to make the roster anyway considering the 49ers made him a second-round pick in this year's draft. Furthermore, Shanahan said there's a chance the rookie could be available for Week 1, suggesting that Pettis isn't dealing with a long-term injury.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|4||09/30||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|7||10/22||Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
|10||11/13||New York Giants||6||16.00|
|12||11/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|17||12/30||@Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|