49ers WR Dante Pettis will get ‘less opportunities’ if he doesn’t take advantage of the ones he gets
The San Francisco 49ers suffered the team’s first loss of the 2019-20 regular season on Monday evening against the rival Seattle Seahawks. Adding to the pain of such a defeat, 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis just can’t seem to do anything right this season.
Not only that, but Pettis has played so poorly that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had to once again comment on such a situation after his team’s overtime loss to the Seahawks.
“He’s had his opportunities. The more he doesn’t take advantage of his opportunities, the less he opportunities he gets. He did get a couple last night because of injury and I didn’t think he made them,” Shanahan recently said, via Sports Illustrated.
The 24-year-old Pettis is currently in the midst of his second NFL campaign after the 49ers originally selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Washington. As a rookie last season, Pettis appeared in 12 regular-season games for a banged-up 49ers team that didn’t achieve much greatness. Over that same span, he tallied 27 receptions, 467 receiving yards, and five touchdowns via the passing attack on 45 targets. He also averaged over 17 yards per catch in 2018-19.
This time around has been much different for Pettis, though. Over the course of his nine regular-season appearances in 2019-20, the up-and-coming turned struggling pass-catcher has only hauled in 11 receptions for 109 yards and a pair of scores. He has received 24 targets, however, but has not been able to make the most of such opportunities.