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Brandon Pettigrew | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 275
College: Oklahoma State
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ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew could be a trade target for Baltimore during the draft.
Pettigrew has seen his passing-game role disappear over the last two years, and with second-year TE Eric Ebron expected to take a leap this season, Pettigrew could be expendable. The Ravens reportedly liked Pettigrew when he came out of Oklahoma State in 2009, and they could use a veteran option in their depleted tight end corps. Hensley also mentions Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis as an option. Even if they land a veteran tight end, Baltimore should target a pass-catching tight end in the draft. Apr 18 - 12:24 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said TE Brandon Pettigrew should have a bigger passing-game role in 2015.

Pettigrew had back-to-back 70 catch seasons in 2010-11, but only caught 10 passes last year. "He can catch more balls than that, I think," Mayhew said, "but I don’t see him getting back to a 70-catch season." The additions of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron mean the Lions' offense has a lot more talent than it did in 2011, and Pettigrew was not explosive even when he was being utilized more in the passing game. Pettigrew could see a few more targets in 2015, but he will remain well off the fantasy radar.
Mar 21 - 10:46 AM

Following Dallas' controversial win over Detroit Sunday, referee Pete Morelli explained the key pass interference flag was picked up because one official thought it was "face guarding."

With 8:25 left and the Lions up 20-17, Anthony Hitchens appeared to interfere with Brandon Pettigrew on a 3rd-and-1. "The back judge threw his flag for defensive pass interference," Morelli said in a pool report. "We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn't warrant pass interference. He thought it was face guarding." Face guarding (not playing the ball) is legal in the NFL but a penalty in college. "I mean, they already spotted the ball as a pass interference, and then went back and said it wasn't pass interference," Lions S James Ihedigbo said. "Never, never. Eight years in the NFL, I haven't seen that happen."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 5 - 8:59 AM

Brandon Pettigrew secured 1-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Lions' Wild Card Round loss to the Cowboys.

After finishing the regular season with just ten receptions, Pettigrew picked up a key first down on a third-quarter gain of 11 against the Cowboys. Pettigrew's other target was much more controversial. Officials ruled that Pettigrew had been interfered with by Cowboys SLB Anthony Hitchens, announced the penalty to the crowd, then picked up the flag without any explanation in a critical fourth-quarter moment. Expect a lot of discussion about the play throughout this week. Drop-prone Pettigrew, 30 in February, has become a blocking tight end in OC Joe Lombardi's offense.
Jan 4 - 8:27 PM

Brandon Pettigrew was suspended by the Lions for the first quarter of Week 14 due to a violation of team rules.

Pettigrew and the team wouldn't divulge the reason for the suspension, but it sounds like he could have been late to a meeting. The blocking tight end played the final three quarters of the win over Tampa and was not targeted in the pass game.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:52:00 AM

Brandon Pettigrew was held without a reception in Week 12.

He's been a non-factor in Detroit's passing game all season long.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was downgraded to "limited" on Thursday.

Pettigrew was "full" on Wednesday. His status is entirely unclear after he was a surprise scratch for Week 11. The Lions missed Pettigrew's blocking in last week's loss to the Cardinals.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 05:20:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is inactive for Week 11 against the Cardinals.

It's a surprise, as Pettigrew was listed as "probable" on the injury report. Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria will man tight end for the Lions. Neither is a legitimate TE2.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is probable for Week 11 against the Cardinals.

Pettigrew was limited in practice Friday after not being listed on the injury report earlier in the week. He'll be good to go for blocking duties against the Cardinals, but isn't a fantasy option.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 05:05:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is listed as questionable for Week 10.

Pettigrew was limited in Thursday and Friday's practices. He appears likely to suit up Sunday, but won't be a fantasy option against Miami's defense.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 04:02:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) returned to Lions practice Thursday.

As did Eric Ebron (hamstring). Both were "limited." With Joseph Fauria (ankle) also practicing, what little temporary fantasy value Pettigrew had is gone.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is doubtful for Week 8 against the Falcons.

It'll be Jordan Thompson and Kellen Davis at tight end for the Lions with Pettigrew, Eric Ebron (hamstring), and Joseph Fauria (ankle) all hurt.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:46:00 AM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) remained sidelined at Lions practice Friday.

Coach Jim Caldwell called Pettigrew "a big question mark" for Sunday's Week 8 game against the Falcons. The Lions could be forced to turn to Jordan Thompson and Kellen Davis at tight end with Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria also hurt.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is not practicing Thursday.

Just like Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joe Fauria (ankle), Pettigrew is not expected to play against the Falcons Sunday.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Brandon Pettigrew (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Pettigrew wasn't even spotted on the practice field in London. The Lions have been hit hard at tight end, losing Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) to injuries the past few weeks. Detroit will hope Pettigrew can play Week 8 against Atlanta, or they'll have to turn to Jordan Thompson and Kellen Davis.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 09:56:00 AM

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