No. 1: Dante Pettis Starts at Wide Receiver
Determining what pieces are either in place or not is going to be a valuable bit of information for Kyle Shanahan and Co.
Pettis has started just twice this season. His relatively lackluster offensive numbers are concerning, especially after the Niners used a 2018 second-round draft pick on him and traded up to grab him in the process. That said, Pettis’ maturation and development is essential to ensure he winds up being a bona fide contributor in Shanahan’s offense.
Garçon, meanwhile, has slowed down this season and has been limited to just 286 yards on 24 catches. At 32 years old, it’s likely more of a sign of things to come rather than simply being labeled as a “down year.”
This isn’t to say the 49ers relegate Garçon to mere backup duties. Instead, Pettis will see an increase in snap counts, taking them directly away from the veteran in the process.
And it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see the rookie wind up starting the majority of games left on San Francisco’s calendar this year.