The San Francisco 49ers released Dante Pettis on Tuesday, and many believe he could land with the Patriots–or at the very least–Bill Belichick and Co. should be interested.
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Pettis Suggested For the Patriots
Several members of the media suggested the Patriots sign Pettis off waivers on Wednesday morning.
Patriots no longer at the end of the claiming line https://t.co/IYDSNqBYQG
— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) November 3, 2020
Pettis looked legit a few years ago. I would give him a look if I’m the Patriots. https://t.co/yBVZNVNyw3
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) November 3, 2020
He should be a hot waiver pick up tomorrow for some needy teams.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 3, 2020
Pettis was one of my guys in the 2018 draft. Not sure why he hasn't panned out in SF. Just not their type, I guess. But he was a great route runner with good speed in college. Very polished prospect in a lot of areas. https://t.co/BML5j7y0p8
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) November 3, 2020
Patriots should also explore Dante Pettis. I had him as a cheap trade option for New England before the deadline.
— Max McAuliffe (@Max_McAuliffe) November 3, 2020
Pettis fell out of favor with the 49ers and much of their fanbase after struggling mightily this year. The former second-round pick out of Washington began his career with some promise. As a rookie, he played in only 12 games, but he showed some obvious playmaking ability.
He had 27 receptions for 467 yards and five touchdowns. From there, things have fallen off. He hit rock bottom with the team on Sunday when a crucial fumble helped seal the team’s loss to the division rival Seattle Seahawks.
Sound familiar Patriots fans?
Pettis’ Stats and Skills
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The Patriots are being advised to pursue FA WR Dante Pettis who was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. Here's a look at his vitals… Position: Wide receiver Personal information Born: October 23, 1995 (age 25) San Clemente, California Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg) Career information High school: JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, California) College: Washington NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44 Career history San Francisco 49ers (2018–2020) Career highlights and awards Consensus All-American (2017) First-team All-Pac-12 (2017) NCAA career punt return touchdowns record (9) Jet Award (2017) Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2019 Receptions: 38 Receiving yards: 576 Return yards: 27 Total touchdowns: 7 #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #JoshMcDaniels #JCJackson #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesWhite #DamienHarris #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #GunnerOlszewski #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #isaiahzuber #MasonKinsey #AFC #NFL
There is no doubting Pettis’ skills, but it seems he’s had his confidence shaken a bit. That said, landing with the Patriots might give him new life in an offense where he should see more opportunities than he did in San Francisco.
What a Patriots Signing of Pettis Would Say About the Rest of the Season
If the Patriots follow up their trade for Ford with a signing of Pettis, it makes it clear, the team is still trying to improve and potentially make a push toward the postseason in 2020. That said, they haven’t shown the willingness to mortgage too much of their future assets or long-term salary commitment to accomplish that goal.
These moves should best be described as passive, low-risk, and potentially high-reward gestures that don’t represent a complete surrender to the rebuilding concept. It’s straddling the fence, which can be dangerous, but because the team has no long-term commitments to anyone, they still maintain flexibility.
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