Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions
School: Oklahoma State
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
The Detroit Lions Brandon Pettigrew took a step back in 2012 statistically as he failed to reach the 600 yard receiving mark after having back-to-back years of 700+. He also was bitten by the injury bug, having missed 2 games for the first time since his rookie season. To add to all this dismal honesty, Pettigrew also only caught 3 touchdowns. The worst part of that though is the amount of drops that he had in 2012, including many in the end-zone.
Being a Lions fan, I am used to being frustrated at players, coaches, management and ultimately the owners of Detroit, yet Pettigrew, with all of his physical qualities and attributes, just can’t seem to develop into the tight end that the Lions saw in him when they spent a first round pick in 2009 to draft him out of Oklahoma State.
There are some things working for Pettigrew though going into the 2013 National Football League season which can make fantasy football owners relax some when it comes to questioning whether or not the young tight end will ever be able to put it all together and break out to become a solid TE1 candidate in deeper fantasy leagues.
The first being that the Lions management has already started to create a turnover on the offensive line. They are getting younger this year, and depending on what happens in this years NFL Draft, there is a good possibility that left tackle Jeff Backus will be out of their 2013 plans. Considering that center Dominic Raiola just restructured his contract to stay in Detroit and took a drastic pay cut down to $800,000 this season, there is no guarantee that the line will not be full of youth. And with youth that usually turns tight ends to great escape targets when the quarterback is being targeted by the opposing defensive line. Pettigrew and to a lesser degree Tony Scheffler could both see their stats increase just due to this factor. But this isn’t all.
The Lions have a new tight end coach in Bobby Johnson who recently said, “I think Brandon, just looking at him from what I’ve been watching on film, maybe has a little bit more ability in the intermediate routes. He has a little bit more redirect ability or change-of-direction ability. I just think my experience with Marcedes this past year will help me help him.”
If he is targeted more and does develop into the fundamentally sound tight end that Johnson believes he can become, there is no reason to believe that Pettigrew won’t excel in 2013. Continue to target him as a higher end TE2 in deeper leagues with the potential to finally show his promise.