49ers’ Dante Pettis is ‘back to normal’ heading into Week 2
Dante Pettis took the field for only two offensive snaps for the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday due to a groin injury. The second-year receiver said that he is ‘back to normal’ heading into Week 2.
Dante Pettis on Thursday said his "body's back to normal" following his recent groin injury. The #49ers receiver said he expects to see more action than the two snaps he played Sunday.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 13, 2019
With Pettis being limited with injury, Richie James Jr. saw more playing time in Week 1. James Jr. also caught the lone passing touchdown for the 49ers.
Coming into this season, the 49ers are hoping that Pettis becomes their go-to option in their passing attacks. Along with Pettis, the team also drafted Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd in this year’s draft to improve their wide receiver position.
In 2018, Pettis started in seven games in his rookie season. Over the course of those seven games, the Washington product was able to corral 27 receptions for 467 yards and five touchdowns.
On the surface, those numbers may not look impressive but considering who he had throwing to him those are decent stats. Jimmy Garoppolo missed the majority of the season after tearing his ACL, while C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens handled the quarterback duties.
In Week 1, the 49ers came out with the win but their offense was far from what imagined it would look like. Garoppolo ended the game with just 166 yards, one touchdown, and an interception in their victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kyle Shanahan will take the win but he also understands that his offense will need to perform better in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Maybe with Dante Pettis making his return to the field, the offense will be able to get into a rhythm this Sunday.