WR - FA
The Washington Redskins traded the 44th pick in the NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers, who selected Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis.
Pettis projects as a slot wide receiver and a punt returner at the NFL level. The 49ers felt strongly enough about him to move up in the draft to get him, and he is joining a wide receiver depth chart that features Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor, and Aldrick Robinson. Look for him to enter training camp competing for the starting slot wide receiver job.
After losing Keenan Allen to a season-ending kidney injury, the Chargers' wide receiver group was beginning to look a lot weaker. That devastating blow was followed up by a torn labrum for Malcom Floyd, Dontrelle Inman being carted off on a back-board, and Stevie Johnson tweaking his groin. The desperate Chargers will work out Austin Pettis to potentially bolster their receiving corps.
Pettis, who spent the off-season with the Chargers, will be far from the fantasy radar even if signed. For a guy who didn't crack the final 53, this is a real life desperation move by the Bolts.
The San Diego Chargers have released WR Austin Pettis. A free agent signing from early this spring, Pettis just couldn't edge his way into a crowded position group.
He could very well latch on with a receiver needy team, but likely won't be a fantasy factor anywhere in the near future.
Despite being targeted four times, Austin Pettis had a relatively quiet night against the Seahawks as he caught just one pass for two yards. Pettis has been consistently making plays throughout camp and should have a place on this team.
Pettis should settle in on the depth chart as the team's fifth receiver behind Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Stevie Johnson, and Jacoby Jones. However, there simply will not be enough targets to go around. He is off the fantasy radar.
Austin Pettis has apparently took a leap in the Chargers depth chart as he is now listed as the team's second slot receiver behind Stevie Johnson. He has made impressive catches throughout camp and has been efficient in redzone targets. When asked about Pettis, here's what quarterback Philip Rivers had to say. "Austinâ€™s done a nice job. I havenâ€™t been in there with him much, but I think what stands out to me from him is you can tell heâ€™s played in this league, and made plays in this league.He shows up on the tape when youâ€™re going back through the film on one-on-ones and things. Heâ€™s a guy thatâ€™s physical and really has picked up the offense well."
The Chargers are going to throw the ball often. However, despite the total team targets being high, it is going to be tough trying to steal reps away from Malcom Floyd, Keenan Allen, and Stevie Johnson. At this point, the receiving group is just too crowded for him to make a fantasy impact.