Why potential 49ers-Texans Dante Pettis trade is intriguing, but unlikely

Why potential 49ers-Texans Dante Pettis trade is intriguing, but unlikely

Dante Pettis hasn’t quite lived up to the billing after being a second-round pick by the 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Washington product had a decent rookie season, but fell out of the rotation early last season and ended up catching only 11 passes in 2019. He even was a healthy scratch in Super Bowl LIV.

ESPN’s Field Yates believes the 49ers could make a “win-win” trade by sending Pettis to the Houston Texans for fellow 2018 draft pick Keke Coutee.

Coutee is stuck behind a solid trio of wideouts in Houston, as Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb are atop the depth chart. He was drafted in the fourth round two years ago by the Texans, and has 50 catches for 541 yards over two seasons.

Pettis was a dominant returner in college, breaking the NCAA record for punts taken back for a touchdown with nine. He hasn’t had the same impact in the NFL, as he fumbled twice and averaged just three yards per punt return in his rookie season in San Francisco. Perhaps a change of scenery and a second chance in the return game could help Pettis earn some consistent playing time.

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For the 49ers, Coutee is closer to the mold of a slot wide receiver, a position the organization has filled by committee in recent years. Kendrick Bourne got the majority of snaps at the position in 2019, but Coutee’s speed could bring a newfound dimension to coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. 

Plus, Deebo Samuel’s injury necessitates someone to step up if the second-year wideout doesn’t return for the start of the 2020 season.

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It's likely Shanahan and general manager John Lynch want to give Pettis one more year to prove he was worthy of that second-round pick, but if he's buried on the depth chart again this season, the front office could look to move Pettis sometime before the trade deadline.

As Yates noted in the piece, the trade is very unlikely, especially since player-for-player trades aren’t common in the NFL.

But without much going on in the sports world due to the coronavirus pandemic, hypothetical trades are just about all we have.

49ers' Raheem Mostert sets goal to prove he's 'a bad mo-fo' this season

49ers' Raheem Mostert sets goal to prove he's 'a bad mo-fo' this season

Raheem Mostert, a player who has zero starts in his 50-game NFL career, has no problem referring to himself as a starting running back.

Actually, he proved to be more of a finisher last season.

Mostert finished the regular season as the 49ers' leading rusher. And as he enters his third training camp with the 49ers, he said he has one simple goal.

“When I step onto that field,” Mostert said, “I want everybody to say, ‘That’s a bad mo-fo.’”

Everybody was saying that in January, when Mostert produced the mother of all games in the NFC Championship Game. He had the biggest day from a running back in franchise history when he gained 220 yards with four touchdowns in the 49ers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers to send the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

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Mostert saw NFL regular-season action with four different teams before finishing the 2016 season with the 49ers. In his first three years, he had a total of eight rushing attempts. He finally earned a chance in 2018 and gained 261 yards on 34 attempts.

Last season, he broke out from being considered solely a special-teams ace. Mostert gained a team-leading 772 yards and eight touchdowns on 137 attempts.

In the offseason, he worked on getting his body prepared for the rigors of an increased workload by improving his strength and body mass. Mostert figures to be the headliner of a group of running backs that includes Tevin Coleman, Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson.

“I've got to prepare myself because I am the starting running back,” said Mostert, who agreed to a reworked contract that added incentives to his deal to pay him accordingly if he again leads the team in rushing.

Mostert later clarified that he projects himself as a starter just as 49ers running backs coach Bobby Turner believes the team’s depth chart at running back is full of starting-caliber players.

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But, actually, Mostert’s next starting assignment will be his first. He said he is not too concerned whether he is on the field for the first snap of the game.

“Truthfully, it doesn’t make any difference,” Mostert said. “I got to have that mindset that I am the starter, but when it comes down to it, we have five, six different starters in our room.

“I do feel I’m the starter. (That’s) no dig to anyone in the room. We’re all brothers and that’s our approach.”

Seahawks claim D.J. Reed day after 49ers waived injured defensive back

Seahawks claim D.J. Reed day after 49ers waived injured defensive back

The 49ers took a gamble Tuesday when the club placed defensive back D.J. Reed on waivers.

One day later, the Seattle Seahawks pounced.

The Seahawks claimed Reed off waivers. He goes on the active/non-football injury list due to a torn pectoral sustained during an offseason workout.

General manager John Lynch said this week the decision was made to effectively end Reed’s season with the 49ers because the club anticipated his return no earlier than November. Lynch said the team did not want to devote a roster spot to a player who might not be available to play until December.

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While Reed currently counts against the Seahawks’ roster, he will open the season on reserve/non-football injury. He will be ineligible for the first six weeks of the season, but could return to contribute later in the season.

Reed, a Bakersfield native who attended college at Kansas, was a fifth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2018.

He appeared in 31 regular-season games and all three postseason games during his time with the club. He started two games as a rookie and is capable of playing cornerback, nickel back and safety.

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After registering 41 tackles and a sack as a rookie, Reed saw limited action last season with 13 tackles. He was one of the team's core special-teams players. Reed scored a touchdown on a 5-yard fumble return on kickoff coverage after a botched lateral on the final play of the 49ers’ 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 17.

Reed becomes the fourth former 49ers player on the Seahawks, joining running back Carlos Hyde, guard Mike Iupati and fullback Nick Bellore.