Why Dante Pettis Can Win Offensive Rookie of the Year

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 28: Wide receiver Dante Pettis
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 28: Wide receiver Dante Pettis /
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He’s the complete package

Dante Pettis proved throughout his Washington Football career to be a very reliable target.  He is a wide receiver with modest claims and excellent hands.  It’s that rare combination of expressing himself on the field which will point Jimmy Garoppolo in his direction. Pettis had 116 catches and 22 touchdowns over his final two years as a Husky. Those are solid numbers.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and Garoppolo will also be able to utilize Pettis’ size in 2018. Pettis is taller than every starting receiver on the Niners roster from 2017 except Louis Murphy, who started just seven games. Adding Pettis’ size and reach will give Jimmy Garoppolo a legitimate threat outside the numbers. The quick receivers on the inside are great, but Pettis should see a ton of action going vertical and working the sidelines.

…will make you Jump Jump!

Pettis has exceptional leaping ability. At the Husky Combine/Pro Day, he measured in with a 41 inch vertical.  That  will also help Garoppolo in a major way. Kyle Shanahan sees Pettis as a weapon he can utilize in many ways. “We think Pettis does a little bit of everything…He’s a guy that brings a lot of versatility to our team.” Also, while he didn’t run at the NFL Combine, keep in mind he consistently ran a high 4.3, low 4.4 40-yard dash.