Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area lists Pettis as a lock to make the roster, but also the favorite to begin the season as a starter.
San Francisco used its second and third-round selections on wideouts Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd. The latter is considered more of a project, while the former -- according to Maiocco -- could immediately start alongside the club's 2018 second-round pick. Pettis appears to have leapfrogged last year's starter, Marquise Goodwin, putting him in a position to make a fantasy impact with Jimmy Garoppolo returning from injury. The 23-year-old was gaining steam last season prior to getting injured in Week 16, averaging 84.5 yards and a touchdown per game over his final four starts.
General manager John Lynch expects Pettis to bulk up during the offseason, Joe Fann of the 49ers' official website reports. "We loved the way [Pettis] closed this season," Lynch said. "There's some maturation that I think is naturally going to come in terms of putting some girth on and some strength. I think this offseason is very important for him."
Despite missing the final game of his rookie season with an MCL sprain, Pettis seems to be ready for a normal workout program this offseason. The 49ers list him at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, but he only weighed 186 at the 2018 combine. Coming off an efficient rookie season with a 27-467-5 receiving line on 45 targets (10.4 YPT, 17.3 YPR), the 23-year-old should be an important part of the San Francisco offense in 2019, though it's possible he occupies a part-time role if the team makes an aggressive move to upgrade its wide receiver group.
Pettis (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
The move means little for the status of Pettis' sprained MCL -- he was already ruled out for Week 17 on Monday -- as the 49ers are just clearing roster space for healthy players prior to the season finale. The rookie second-round pick caught 27 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games, coming on strong towards the end of the season. Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor are likely to start at wide receiver Sunday against the Rams, with Marquise Goodwin (calf) also sidelined.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan has ruled Pettis (knee) out for the season finale Sunday against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Pettis sprained his MCL during this past weekend's loss to Chicago. His season now over, the 2018 second-rounder will get an early start to the offseason with much to build upon after averaging four receptions for 71.8 yards with four touchdowns over the final five games of the season. The impending return of Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) at quarterback in 2019 makes Pettis' future even brighter.
Pettis sustained an MCL injury Sunday against the Bears and is not expected to need surgery, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
It seems unlikely Pettis will play in the 49ers' meaningless Week 17 contest, but it's at least positive news that the rookie is not expected to need surgery. Kendrick Bourne figures to benefit the most in the event Pettis is indeed ruled out next week.
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||12||7||27||467||17.3||75||5||9||1||19|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||12||7||1||-2||-2.0||-2||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||12||9||2||27||3.0||14||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||12||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|