The 49ers possible did not understand the roster gap that might manifest Wednesday after they waived former second-round draft choose Dante Pettis on Tuesday.

Three of their broad receivers have since been compelled to the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 checklist — Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk included — leaving them with only one wholesome move catcher on their energetic roster forward of Thursday evening’s sport in opposition to the Packers. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and star tight finish George Kittle had been positioned on IR earlier within the week. There is a case to be made that that is now the worst offensive group the NFL will see this yr, and maybe the least proficient in latest reminiscence.

So whereas Pettis by no means earned the best to stick with San Francisco, his last act a pricey fumble this previous weekend, he maybe may have provided extra hope of offensive manufacturing than a number of the follow squad gamers prone to be referred to as up. The Washington product caught 27 passes for 467 yards as a rookie in 2018 however has managed simply 11 receptions since then. 

Pettis was snapped up by the Giants on Wednesday, signifying the league thinks he’s not less than price a shot on a tanking group.

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At 4-Four in one of many NFL’s hardest divisions, the damage ravaged 49ers have issues far past the selection to launch a possible draft bust. However it’s a testomony to how determined issues have gotten that Pettis now seems to be like he would have been in a position to contribute within the second half of the 2020 season.

San Francisco may resuscitate the profession of a unique written off receiver, although: Kevin White, a former top-10 choose of the Bears, is predicted to be activated in opposition to the Packers. White has caught solely 25 NFL passes in elements of 4 profession seasons, largely resulting from a string of great well being setbacks. He is the kind of lottery scratcher the 49ers are all the way down to proper now.

With the Packers additionally hurting offensively, Thursday evening’s contest may resemble an early preseason exhibition when it comes to high quality of play.