By Kyle Madson
It’s hard to make a bigger splash than Dante Pettis did in his first game for the 49ers. If his two-catch, 61-yard, one touchdown game was a sign of things to come for the second-round pick, he could be in for the best rookie campaign in 49ers history.
Pettis’ first reception was a fingertip grab complete with a toe drag in the back of the end zone on a 22-yard rainbow from Jimmy Garoppolo. His second catch was a 39-yard catch-and-run where he shook free against a very good Vikings secondary.
In a small sample size, Pettis is on pace for the best rookie year ever for a 49ers receiver from a yardage standpoint. His 61 yards put him on pace for 976 over a 16-game season. That would edge out the team rookie record of 927 set by Jerry Rice in 1985.
The important thing for Pettis in this isn’t just his statistical output though. His 30.5 yards-per-reception isn’t going to hold up over a larger sample. He’ll need to produce more consistently with more catches and more targets.
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