No. 8: Dante Pettis Started Slow, but Finished Strong
Rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis didn’t get off to the strongest of starts during camp, generally looking sluggish and indecisive over the first two days.
Instead of Pettis, the No. 44 overall selection from the 2018 NFL Draft, the 49ers’ best rookie wideout was seventh-round draftee Richie James — more on him later — according to Fourth and Nine’s Eric Crocker.
But when the pads came on during the third day of practices, Pettis flashed the excellent route-running capabilities he displayed at Washington:
On the above play, he was able to turn the inside and create separation on a slant move against second-year cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon.
And Pettis continued those efforts into day four.
If Pettis can continue to make strides like he did in the latter half of the first week, though, he’ll surely assume a more prominent role once the regular season begins.