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-and-run score 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 missed the exhibition finale due to a knee bruise 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 jump Trent Taylor for reps out of the slot as the year wears on.
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.
Pettis caught one of four targets for 53 yards during Thursday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.
Pettis didn't make much of an impact in the first half aside from drawing a pass interference call, but he caught the eye in the third quarter when he hauled in a big gain which set up a field goal. The 2018 second-round pick has drawn positive reviews throughout training camp and flashed his ability in his first taste of NFL game action. If Pettis can build a strong rapport with starter Jimmy Garoppolo, he could carve out some fantasy value in his rookie season.
|3||9/23/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|6||10/15/18||@ GB||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||1||3||96||32.0||39||1||3||0||3|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||4||1||28||7.0||14||0||0|
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|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|