49ers coach Kyle Shanahan losing patience with receiver Dante Pettis

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan losing patience with receiver Dante Pettis

Coach Kyle Shanahan expects a lot from 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis.

But Pettis has yet to deliver, and Shanahan is running out of patience.

The 49ers traded up in 2018 to select Pettis in the second round of the draft with the No. 44 overall pick. Pettis finished last season strong, and appeared to be the favorite to open this season as the team’s top wide receiver.

But nine games into the season, Pettis virtually has disappeared.

“He’s had a number of opportunities,” Shanahan said. “I’m one of the guys that believe in him the most. That’s why he’s here. He’s had his opportunities.

“The more he doesn’t take advantage of his opportunities, the less opportunities he gets.”

After battling injuries early in his rookie season, Pettis finished 2018 in promising fashion. Over the final five games, he caught 20 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns.

But after getting off to a slow start in training camp and being challenged repeated by Shanahan, Pettis has not responded.

In nine games (four starts), Pettis has just 11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns. There have been three games in which he has not caught a pass, including the 49ers’ 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night.

“He did get a couple (opportunities on Monday) because of injury and I didn’t think he made them,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how this week goes. Dante has the ability, but we’re waiting for him to pick it up and have the consistency and take advantage of some of these opportunities he’s gotten.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo targeted Pettis three times against the Seahawks. Pettis did not hold onto a pass at the sideline when safety Bradley McDougald hit him and jarred the ball out.

In overtime, Garoppolo and Pettis did not connect on a second-down pass in the closing two minutes. Shanahan thought it should have been an easy completion to keep the clock moving and give the 49ers a chance to pick up some yards and, potentially, move into position for the victory.

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Instead, the 49ers had a quick three-and-out, leaving plenty of time for Russell Wilson to move the ball down the field for Jason Myers’ game-winning field goal. The incomplete pass intended for Pettis was a pivotal play, Shanahan said.

“I think there’s no doubt we need to be able to make that catch, running through that ball, and if we do, then we’ll let the clock run down until a minute left before we try our third and 3, which could have been a big help,” Shanahan said.

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

NFL offensive coach still not sold on 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo long term

Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday.

For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game.

In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards. He's thrown 25 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions this season.

While Garoppolo's not in the MVP conversation, he's putting up solid numbers as the 49ers continue to rack up wins. But there is one anonymous NFC offensive coach that still hasn't quite bought into Garoppolo.

"I don’t think he can do it consistently, but he did it today," the coach told The Athletic's Mike Sando after the 49ers beat the Saints. "[Drew] Brees moved down the field and scored. That is what you expect. I didn’t know that Garoppolo would be able to do it, but he did it."

Sando noted that in his annual Quarterback Tiers survey, the coach in question had Garoppolo on the second tier in 2017. Last season, after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week 3, the coach moved Garoppolo down to the third tier of NFL quarterbacks.

Whether or not Garoppolo is an elite quarterback is up for debate. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms feels the 49ers quarterback is "really good," but doesn't consider him elite. But what is for certain is that Garoppolo is not a "third tier" quarterback. He doesn't have the gaudy numbers like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson, but Garoppolo has a 19-4 career record as a starter in the NFL. That can't be ignored.

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Garoppolo will have another chance to impress the offensive coach Sunday when the 49ers host the Falcons at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

NFL rumors: Terrell Suggs, waived by Cardinals, wants to rejoin Ravens

When the Arizona Cardinals waived veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday, 49ers fans instantly wondered if the top team in the NFC would try to claim T-Sizzle.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco believes Suggs would be a fit for the 49ers due to injuries to Ronald Blair, Damontre Moore and Dee Ford.

But you can lower your expectations, 49ers fans.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Suggs would "strongly consider not reporting if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens claims him."

Suggs spent the first 16 years of his NFL career in Baltimore, so it's understandable that the Ravens are the only team he wants to play for.

While it appears Suggs won't be donning a 49ers' uniform, it would still make sense for the 49ers to put in a waiver claim on the 37-year-old.


Assuming Suggs gets through the 30 teams ahead of the 49ers in the waiver order, the 49ers would be wise to try to block the linebacker from going to the Ravens.

After all, the 49ers and Ravens could meet up in Super Bowl LIV, and the last thing San Francisco wants to see is T-Sizzle coming after Jimmy Garoppolo.

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And you never know. Maybe coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch can convince Suggs to play for the 49ers.

Suggs' fate will be decided Monday when teams can put in a waiver claim on him. No matter what happens, the 49ers absolutely should claim him.