No. 1: Wide Receiver Dante Pettis
Few of the 49ers offensive weapons this season have been under as much scrutiny as second-year wide receiver Dante Pettis, who was also a notable underachiever during this Week 10 loss.
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Pettis also failed to make much of a dent in the stat sheet. Like Marquise Goodwin, Pettis was targeted three times, yet failed to haul in any of his reception attempts. And while he wasn’t credited with a drop, a key second-half missed catch on the sidelines, which was knocked loose, ended up hurting San Francisco’s offensive chances.
Kyle Shanahan gave Pettis more opportunity than Goodwin, of course, as the latter saw 31 snaps to Goodwin’s 10.
But for more than a number of reasons, Pettis remains in Shanahan’s proverbial doghouse.
“He’s had his opportunities,” Shanahan said of Pettis, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch. “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.”
Pettis’ regression in 2019 was a primary reason why the 49ers went out and made the trade for Emmanuel Sanders. But when Sanders went down with an injury, Pettis at least had the opportunity to rise up in prime time.
It didn’t happen, and the 49ers offense struggled as a result.