No. 4: Wide Receiver Dante Pettis
Again, another tougher decision for Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. But it isn’t one without reason.
All that appeared to fall apart in 2019 training camp, though, which put Pettis in Shanahan’s proverbial “doghouse.”
It’s carried into the regular season, too.
Pettis, whose sophomore season has been marked by drops and a general inability to separate, now finds himself working lower on the depth chart.
“He’s had a number of opportunities,” Shanahan said earlier this week, via NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “I’m one of the guys that believe in him the most. That’s why he’s here. He’s had his opportunities. The more he doesn’t take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets.”
The last part of Shanahan’s statement is what should catch the attention here.
The 2020 NFL Draft class is notably deep at wide receiver. And while San Francisco has already invested two second-round picks in wideouts the past two years, the other being Deebo Samuel, it’s not out question to see another targeted early again.
Even if that doesn’t happen, Pettis surely appears to be running out of opportunities.