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Schrager: Pettis the main reason the 49ers passed on Beckham and Brown

Pettis is listed as Schrager’s 10 breakout players

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Dante Pettis is expected to be the San Francisco No. 1 wide receiver heading into 2019. He teased us with superb route running and big plays during his rookie season. If he can stay healthy, Pettis is in store for a big year.

Peter Schrager, the host of Good Morning Football, listed Pettis as one of ten potential breakout candidates in 2019. He had Pettis at No. 7. Here’s what Schrager had to say:

“Let me tell you something about the 49ers offseason. They flirted with Odell Beckham’s contract a little bit. They talked about that with Cleveland. There were conversations. Oh, and they were approached about Antonio Brown quite a bit. They didn’t go for those guys. They said, ‘We like what we have in-house,’ and the main reason why is this guy. No pressure Dante. But Dante Pettis is going to be the number one wideout in that 49ers offense. And if you don’t think Kyle Shanahan has been in the laboratory working on ways to get him open and get him the ball, you’ve got another thing coming.”

No pressure, Dante. Here’s the entire video:

Early on in training camp, Pettis hasn’t stood out, according to our friends Rob and Eric. They cited how Pettis hasn’t necessarily been “bad,” he hasn’t looked like the star we had hoped. That’s four days into practice. The guys also acknowledged Pettis could easily light it up against Dallas in a week. I say credit Richard Sherman.

I’m also obnoxiously high on Pettis, based on what he showed on the field last year. It’s high praise to say you pass on a superstar like OBJ for a rookie receiver. I’m sure there’s more to it than that, but if Pettis has 1,000 yards and is one of the main reasons the 49ers offense is flourishing in a winning season, we’ll never have to hear about a “what-if” scenario again.