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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan opens up about lack of snaps for Dante Pettis

Kyle Shanahan, 49ers, Dante Pettis

The San Francisco 49ers are 1-0 on the season with the once heralded NFC West franchise taking down the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. However, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was still forced to answer some tough questions following his team’s win over the Buccaneers as it was a bit of an ugly one in Tampa Bay over the weekend.

Most notably, Shanahan has since opened about about the lack of snaps for 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis. Pettis played a mere two snaps while turning one of those plays into a catch for seven yards. However, the other play resulted in a rushing attempt for the 49ers.

“Dante got a setback with his groin injury where he just missed some time to practice so that gave him a little bit of a setback leading into Week 1, which made it easier for Deebo [Samuel] to start over him,” Shanahan told reporters, via USA TODAY Sports. “We went in knowing Deebo was going to get more playing time. I definitely didn’t plan on Dante getting only two reps. He should have been in more than that. That starts with me. I’ll make sure not to let that happen again.”

The 49ers went home with a victory as a result of the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Buccaneers. Even so, if San Francisco is going to compete against the best in the NFC West — the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks — this up-and-coming franchise will be forced to kick things into gear sooner rather than later.