Dante Pettis impresses during 49ers training camp

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis makes a between the legs catch during NFL football practice at the team’s headquarters Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SANTA CLARA — Dante Pettis looks amazing.

The rookie wide receiver has long, curly bleached-blond hair with blue tips he wraps in a black 49ers bandana. That’s his look in training camp.

“My age, we didn’t roll like that,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said recently. “Now, I feel like it’s kind of cool.”

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  1. Seems to me that he could develop into a John Taylor type of receiver. Taylor used to have a unique way of running and was also a great punt returner. It sounds like Pettis has the potential to become even more than Taylor. We can only hope and wait!

  2. Are you using Salehs analogies as your own?

    Day 4 Good:
    3. WR Dante Pettis. Apparently embarrassed every corner he faced during one-on-one drills. I didn’t see exactly. I was filming the linemen on the other end of the field. Every minute and a half, fans in the bleachers would yell and cheer, then I’d look over and see Pettis wide open about to catch the ball. He’s like a basketball player with a killer crossover. I watched him carefully during team drills. He ran a jet sweep and gained 15 yards. And he ran two deep outs and beat Tarvarus McFadden and Tarvarius Moore. Pettis thrives when he’s one on one against a defender.

    “He is almost like a basketball player,” said 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. “It’s like he’s crossover dribbling all the time. He’s very dynamic and quick. That’s what has gotten him where he is right now. I’m sure Kyle and those guys will tell you that he’s still got so much to learn about receiver play, especially in our offense, but I know everybody’s excited about what he’s capable o

  3. The blue hair invites eye contact, and stimulates conversation in a world where everyone walks around staring at their phone.

    1. In Round 2, the Niners made their biggest mistake of the draft. They traded up for Dante Pettis, a wide receiver from Washington.


      1. And Grant was all negative on Pettis last week and early in training camp. Now it seems like he’s on the Pettis bandwagon.

      2. Haha! I was hoping somebody would dig that up. It’s obviously too early to say a whole lot either way, but if he does turn out to be halfway decent, let alone good, hope Grant has berries enough to get back on here in and admit he was wrong.

      3. Pettis was a 3rd rounder and some said a 4th rounder, if he plays great now then Grant will call it like he sees it and give him big props.

  4. This quote from Jimmy G. to Goodwin during the Titans game last year was taken from Eric Branch’s article. QB is telling WR to adjust the route based on the CB’s positioning. Adjusting from what the play calls for.

    “I’ll bend you across a little bit. If he’s playing on top of you, you can do one of these,” Garoppolo said, illustrating the adjustment, “and then go. Just feel it out. Be a football player.”

    This is why I think Goodwin and Pettis will become superstars with this offense.

    And why we shouldn’t read anything into the interceptions during training camp.

  5. I believe Grants change is partially due to something he recognized and wrote about either late last week or early this week,. His main complaint was that he felt he lacked heart and was afraid to go for and high point passes up the middle. Well he finally concluded that it was probably because he was unsure of where the defenders were in the middle. If he didn’t see them he was unsure of where they were. Before that he concluded that he was primarily an edge receiver.

    Well in his interview with him, Pettis revealed that he was so overwhelmed learning all different plays and routes in Shanahans playbook that he was still completely focused on learning the offense and was not focused at all on learning defensive schemes—YET. This made sense of Grants observation on Pettis problems in the middle of the field. It also suggested that once Pettis begins to focus on the defensive schemes that he will be more comfortable with being an inside receiver. That would make his issue in the middle easily correctable implying that more than likely he will become a complete receiver.

    You have to give Grant props first for recognizing Pettis’s observable receiving flaw, and it’s cause. Then connecting the flaw with the likely probable cure. He just needs time to learn first the offense. Then he can learn the defenses which will give him insight into where the defenders are and make him comfortable in the middle of the field.

    1. I can agree with the logic; however, when Grant issues a snap judgement D as a draft grade, that act tends to throw shade on Grant’s objective brilliance… Toning down the hot takes might serve Grant well.

      Barring injury, I think Pettis will do fine this year, especially towards the end of the season.

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