No. 3: Dante Pettis
Entering 2019, Pettis should see an improvement in his game. After getting off to a somewhat shaky start, made harder by ongoing knee injuries throughout his rookie year, Pettis finished off the season strongly.
Coming in second behind Bourne, Pettis finished with 467 yards from 27 receptions, averaging 17.3 yards per reception and five touchdowns.
As his rookie year progressed, you could see the improvement in Pettis’ game, with him continuing to build upon the core skills associated with being a receiver in the NFL. His awareness in his route running started to gain momentum, along with a big decrease in the amount of balls he was dropping.
He put on show his athleticism, speed and amazing ability to separate from defenders which would see him turn into a legitimate offensive threat. With both Garcon and Goodwin seeing time on the sideline, Pettis stepped up when called upon and was tasked with much more than is usually expected out of a rookie.
Pettis has shown his proficiency as a receiver and unless some unforeseen circumstances occur, should remain towards the top of the 49ers’ depth chart for the foreseeable future.