Former Washington receiver and punt returner Dante Pettis is excited for a new start in San Francisco. The NCAA’s all-time leading punt returner was taken in the second round by the 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft and is ready for an opportunity to play with QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
The 6-foot-1, 165 pound wide receiver is expected to be both a punt returner and slot receiver in his first year in San Francisco. However, Pettis is ready to embrace any role he is given.
“I obviously really want to help this team win, whatever way that is,” Pettis told NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman. “If I’m only a punt returner my rookie year, I’m going to be the best punt returner I can be. If they only need me playing slot (receiver), I’m going to be the best slot that I can be. Whatever it is, I’m going to do the best job that I can. I’m just very excited to get this thing going.”
Pettis is a great fit in San Francisco with coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers are desperate for playmakers around Garappolo and Shanahan is a creative mind who will find ways to use Pettis.