SF 49ers: 5 moves John Lynch can make to help salvage 2020

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No. 4: SF 49ers must trade off wide receiver Dante Pettis

Exactly what the Niners could get from third-year wide receiver Dante Pettis is anyone’s guess, but it’s likely John Lynch and Co. would lose a significant amount on their second-round NFL Draft investment from 2018.

Despite a promising bounce back in training camp from an abysmal 2019 campaign, Pettis once again has disappeared from Kyle Shanahan’s game plan. He was targeted just once in Week 1, zero times in Week 2 and has received a total of just 55 offensive snaps over the first two weeks, including just 10 versus the New York Jets.

San Francisco adding veteran wideout Mohamed Sanu in advance of Week 2, plus the expected return of Deebo Samuel from IR, makes Pettis’ value to the team almost nonexistent.

It’s time for both parties to engage in a change of scenery.

Speaking of the Jets, they’re awfully shorthanded at the position after placing rookie wideout Denzel Mims on injured reserve, and they were also without their top receiver, Jamison Crowder, for Week 2. Even with both players eventually back, Pettis still has enough upside to command a small amount of value on the trade market.

Especially if New York hopes to provide quarterback Sam Darnold with some halfway decent options.

The 49ers would clear up a much-needed roster spot, while Pettis would have a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere.