49ers depth chart: 4 offensive veterans on the roster bubble

Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Marquise Goodwin #11 (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with Marquise Goodwin #11 (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /
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Dante Pettis #18 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

No. 1: 49ers Wide Receiver Dante Pettis

Likewise, it’s weird to think the Niners would be willing to give up on their Round 2 investment from the 2018 NFL Draft, wide receiver Dante Pettis, just after two years’ service at the NFL level.

At the end of his rookie season, Pettis looked like he had all the tools to be a bona fide No. 1 option at the position. Yet his strong finish that year didn’t translate over into 2019 at all, and Pettis underwent one of the biggest regressions in a follow-up year in recent franchise history. This included Pettis being inactive for Super Bowl LIV.

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Yes, San Francisco has a number of big-time question marks at the position, namely injuries to fellow wideouts Deebo Samuel (foot) and Richie James (wrist), along with a general lack of proven, reliable commodities elsewhere on the 49ers depth chart.

Yet the addition of rookies Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings, paired with the hopeful-healthy returns of wideouts Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd from injuries suffered a year ago, don’t spell good news for Pettis as he is still competing with a very-much crowded depth chart at the position.

Out of the aforementioned names, only James and Hurd should be seen as legitimate options on the bubble, at least to round out the year. That leaves Pettis with room to compete for no more than two open spots at the position, assuming the Niners keep six wideouts on the 53-man roster and no one else winds up surprising enough to challenge him.

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That said, getting back into Kyle Shanahan’s good graces won’t be easy, and it wouldn’t be a total shocker if the 49ers elect to move on from Pettis by Week 1 if he fails to make an exceptional impression during camp.