Kyle Shanahan looking for Dante Pettis to “earn a role” on the 49ers

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49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan seemed pleased with how wide receiver Dante Pettis was progressing when asked about the 2018 second-round pick in June, but he doesn’t sound as thrilled about Pettis as the preseason winds down.

Shanahan was asked on Sunday why Pettis remained in Saturday night’s game into the fourth quarter when other starters were out of the contest earlier.

“I believe he needed to be,” Shanahan said, via Matt Barrows of TheAthletic.com. “He’s still trying to earn a role on this team and still is showing what he’s capable of doing consistently.”

Pettis has started all three preseason games, but it’s clear Shanahan hasn’t seen what he’s wanted from the wideout this summer. It’s hard to imagine that the 49ers would cut ties with a second-round pick before his second season, but he may be playing a smaller role than anticipated if he fails to meet the standard Shanahan is looking for this year.

10 responses to “Kyle Shanahan looking for Dante Pettis to “earn a role” on the 49ers

  1. Shanahan has a lot of nerve; What did we see out of Shanahan in the terrible meltdown of a Super Bowl he coached when he specifically called a pass while on the Patriots 22 yard line with under two minutes left and leading by 7 in the super bowl?? Instead of running the ball three straight times, winding down the clock and just kicking a field goal to ice the game, he calls a pass play where Ryan is sacked!!

    Then, like a coward, he flees to San Francisco to take the job and never says a word about his mental meltdown int he Super Bowl. Yeah Shanahan…you need to SHOW something as well.

  2. Pettis has been inconsistent, at best. He has been outplayed by Deebo Samuel and Richie James. He has the ability, now show it!

  3. Pettis has flashes but is inconsistent. He needs the reps not only for experience but just to at least gain some confidence

    Kendrick Bourne, Deebo Samuel and Richie James jr have all outplayed him.

  4. It’s hard to imagine that the 49ers would cut ties with a second-round pick before his second season
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    YEA and it’s hard to imagine a team cutting their 1st round QB(10th overall) from the previous draft but we saw a team do it this year!

  5. I’ve been saying it since they drafted him, that they should have drafted Christian Kirk instead of Pettis. Kirk has an NFL body, not a MLB body like Pettis (inherited from his Dad).

  6. @realdasteel

    Lol at the “he ran away like a coward” comment. It was known by all that he accepted the 49ER job before the Superbowl.

    As for his play calling

    If the play action worked he’s a genius.

    If Matt Ryan throws it away ATL still is in FG position. If the lineman doesn’t hold on back to back plays the clock doesn’t stop and they don’t lose field position.

    Maybe kicker misses and he’s then criticized for playing not to lose instead to win. Maybe the RB fumbles.

    ATL scored over 30 points in that game. What about stopping the other team?

    Or just maybe NE made the plays down the stretch to win that game

    ?????

  7. realdealsteel says:
    August 25, 2019 at 4:22 pm
    Shanahan has a lot of nerve; What did we see out of Shanahan in the terrible meltdown of a Super Bowl he coached when he specifically called a pass while on the Patriots 22 yard line with under two minutes left and leading by 7 in the super bowl?? Instead of running the ball three straight times, winding down the clock and just kicking a field goal to ice the game, he calls a pass play where Ryan is sacked!!
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    Apparently we watched two different SBs because I saw a Falcons RB corp that couldn’t move the ball very much in the 2nd half and couldn’t move the ball at all in the 4th quarter so I don’t have a problem with Kyle changing it up since the RB couldn’t execute any of the plays. Now as far as the sack, that wasn’t Shanahan at QB so how can you blame him for taking a sack, Ryan is a veteran QB and he knew he couldn’t take a sack in that situtation but HE did! All Ryan had to do was throw the ball away and they’d have still been in FG range.

    The meltdown was by the Falcons offense, not the OC!

  8. All you Shanahan fan club members need to get an eye exam, he is the one who blew it for the Falcons, they were constantly snapping the ball with 10-15 seconds left on the play clock when they could have wasted more time which would have left virtually no time left for the lucky Pats.

  9. Frisco has a problem. They have too many good wide receivers. Their 2 rookies have been impressive, and they also have a few holdovers from last season. They will have a hard time finding roster spots for all of them. It is a nice problem to have. And people were wondering why they would not trade for Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham in the offseason.

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