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Brandon Pettigrew | Tight End

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 265
College: Oklahoma State
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Brandon Pettigrew will be used primarily as a blocker this season.
Drop-prone Pettigrew was the ultimate catch-and-fall guy for the Lions early in his career, racking up 154 receptions between 2010 and 2011. Now that the Lions have pass-catching specialists in Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria, they can continue to de-emphasize Pettigrew as a receiver. It's similar to what the Eagles have done with Brent Celek. Aug 13 - 8:10 AM

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Brandon Pettigrew says he's embraced a more blocking-oriented role following the Lions' selection of Eric Ebron.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," said Pettigrew, who inked a four-year, $16 million contract to stay in Detroit before the Ebron pick was made. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win." Look for Pettigrew to play the Ben Watson role in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense, with Ebron eased into Jimmy Graham duties. 29-year-old Pettigrew has no fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 1:46 PM

Brandon Pettigrew said he thinks he'll see more targets in the Lions' new offensive scheme.

Pettigrew is coming off a year that saw him post four-year lows in catches (41), yards (416) and targets (64) while blocking on 26.6 percent of pass plays. He's been told that Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi want a more even distribution of targets going forward. That may be true, but the problem here will always be Pettigrew's lumbering, catch-and-fall habits. He's averaged just 9.95 yards per reception and scored 16 touchdowns in his five-year career.
Mar 17 - 2:15 PM

Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract with $8 million guaranteed.

Pettigrew, 29, was our No. 2 tight end left on the market, behind Jermichael Finley. He drew significant interest from the Jets, and to a lesser extent the Raiders and Chiefs. Pettigrew is completely devoid of playmaking ability and struggles in the red zone despite being 6-foot-5, 265. He's merely a somewhat effective in-line blocker and catch-and-fall tight end. Pettigrew's fantasy value should continue to hover in the low-ceiling TE2 range as Joseph Fauria's usage rises under new OC Joe Lombardi.
Mar 14 - 8:09 AM

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets will sign TE Brandon Pettigrew shortly.

It's an upgrade on Zach Sudfeld and Jeff Cumberland, but it's far from a difference-making acquisition. Pettigrew is a plodding, catch-and-fall guy in the passing game that has averaged 9.95 yards per reception in his five-year career. He's also been a liability when blocking in the run game. Pettigrew will barely be on the TE2 radar with Geno Smith and the Jets.
Mar 13 - 3:43 PM

The Jets have been "in communication" with free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

Pettigrew would team with Zach Sudfeld and Jeff Cumberland to give the Jets a mediocre tight end trio. His market has been scant to this point, although the NY Daily News reports the Raiders and Lions have shown some interest.
Mar 13 - 12:24 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver names the Giants, Jets, Texans, Raiders, and Lions as possible landing spots for free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

Early-offseason chatter had the Lions potentially franchise tagging Pettigrew, the idea of which now looks foolish. He's been connected to a bevy of teams but almost certainly not getting the financial offers he's seeking. Pettigrew is 29 years old with shaky hands and no dynamic elements to his receiving game.
Mar 12 - 10:40 AM

The Giants reportedly have some interest in free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew.

The Giants are going to kick the tires on just about every available tight end as they search for an upgrade on Brandon Myers. Pettigrew doesn't bring the pass-catching upside Jermichael Finley does, but he doesn't come with the health concerns either. Pettigrew is also a plus in-line blocker.
Mar 10 - 1:07 PM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets have had internal discussions about free agents Brandon Pettigrew, Ed Dickson, and Scott Chandler.

Despite re-signing Jeff Cumberland to a three-year deal, the Jets are looking to add as many weapons as possible for Geno Smith this offseason. New York is also expected to add at least one receiver in free agency.
Mar 7 - 8:50 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports "odds are" the Lions and free agent Brandon Pettigrew won't agree to a new deal before the weekend.

Once the clock strikes midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning, all 32 teams will be able to negotiate with Pettigrew and every other free agent. The Lions hold exclusive negotiating rights until then and would like to get a long-term deal done with Pettigrew, but it doesn't look promising for GM Martin Mayhew. Pettigrew is said to be seeking over $6 million annually. That'd be a severe overpay.
Mar 4 - 9:14 AM

The Oakland Press suggests free agent Brandon Pettigrew's cost to the Lions will be similar to Dennis Pitta's five-year, $32 million contract.

The Lions are interested in bringing Pettigrew back, but his cost should be considerably less than $6.4 million annually. Then-OC Scott Linehan decreased his role last season, losing snaps to Joseph Fauria in red-zone situations and overall simply being utilized less in the pass game. Already 29, Pettigrew struggles mightily as a pass catcher and has little to no playmaking ability. Giving Pettigrew "Pitta money" would instantly be one of free agency's biggest overpays.
Feb 28 - 6:59 PM

GM Martin Mayhew said the Lions "definitely" are interested in re-signing free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

"We had our free agent meeting and the coaches liked him, liked what he can do," said Mayhew. "He's an all-around guy." New head coach Jim Caldwell was far less certain of Pettigrew's future earlier in the week, but perhaps he was just playing coy. Pettigrew is our No. 4 free agent tight end.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 22 - 12:47 PM

Speaking Thursday, Lions coach Jim Caldwell was noncommittal about free agent Brandon Pettigrew's status.

"We have to look at every option," Caldwell said. "We've got to have contingencies for every single thing. So we look at it on both sides of it, and we'll see how things work out." Coaches are typically a little more sunny if they expect a player to return, but there's still not much to read into Caldwell's comments. The sides are meeting at the Combine.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 20 - 9:40 PM

The Lions are expected to meet with free agent Brandon Pettigrew's camp at this week's Scouting Combine.

The Combine is a place for teams and agents to get together on a yearly basis. After the Lions locked up C Dominic Raiola on a one-year deal, their attention has turned to Pettigrew. The franchise tag could be an option if a long-term agreement can't be reached, but Pettigrew isn't a playmaker at the position. He's a solid inline blocker and is our No. 4 free-agent tight end.
Feb 18 - 9:31 AM

The Lions are expected to turn their attention to re-signing free agent Brandon Pettigrew.

Detroit locked up C Dominic Raiola to a new one-year deal this week and will now shift its focus to Pettigrew. The burly tight end is an above-average blocker and can play all three downs, but the Lions need to not overpay here. If the Lions do re-up Pettigrew, they need to find a pass-catcher to pair with him at tight end.
Feb 9 - 10:20 AM

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PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Jeremy Ross
4T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Ryan Broyles
3Corey Fuller
WR31Kevin Ogletree
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
K1Nate Freese