The Giants claimed former Niners WR Dante Pettis off waivers on Wednesday, a low-risk move that adds a former second-round pick to their skill group.
Pettis, 25, injured his shoulder and fumbled on a third-quarter kickoff return in Sunday’s Niners' loss to the Seahawks. And San Fran released him on Tuesday.
The 2018 draft choice out of Washington has 38 catches, 576 yards & seven touchdowns in 28 career NFL games. But he wasn’t getting on the field for the 49ers this season, and he didn’t produce when he did.
Pettis played in just five of the Niners' eight games this season, logging 66 total offensive snaps. He got the start and played 45 of those snaps in Week 1, but he saw only one target in that loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Then Sunday’s fumble on his first career NFL kick return apparently was the final straw.
Pettis was a good punt returner in college (14.2 ypr, nine TDs in four years) but played 40 total special teams snaps in three years with the Niners, averaging just 3.7 yards on 11 punt returns.
He is under contract through next season.
The Giants' active roster receiver group now includes Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, C.J. Board, Austin Mack and Pettis. They also have Corey Coleman, Alex Bachman, Derrick Dillon and Binjimen Victor on the practice squad.
Board has missed the past two games due to a concussion but was not on Wednesday’s injury report, which is a good sign he may return Sunday against Washington. Shepard was limited with a shoulder and toe, just as he was last week before playing against Tampa Bay.
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