49ers think they have quite a catch in UW’s Pettis

first_img “Anyone who’s missing reps right now is missing valuable time,” said Saleh. “If you’re not getting your practice reps, someone’s going to pass you up. But, at the same time, those guys are doing a great job in walk through and meetings and making sure they’re getting all of their mental reps so that when they do come back, they won’t skip a beat.” Share: “If you can make guys miss with your feet when you have the ball in your hand, you should be able to do it in routes, too,” Shanahan said. “To combine that with his speed and his hands and his intelligence, which he is very smart, you feel pretty confident that he’s going to continue to get better.”The 49ers traded up 15 spots in the second round to draft Pettis to add to a receiving corps headlined by dependable veteran Pierre Garcon and speedster Marquise Goodwin, who has also looked good during recent practices.Shanahan is hoping the offense can continue to progress after ranking third in yardage (410) and fifth in points per game (28.8) during the five-game winning streak with Garoppolo as a starter to end 2017.While Goodwin, a former Olympic long jumper, has textbook sprinting form, Pettis has anything but. He has long limbs and an awkward running style. But he still finds ways to move efficiently and get separation from defenders. He first figured out he had unique movement skills in the seventh grade. 3 Photos By CHRIS BIDERMAN, Associated Press The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. GO Share: Subscribe Todaycenter_img Published: August 3, 2018, 5:39pm 49ers think they have quite a catch in UW’s Pettis Former Husky is turning heads at training camp San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis runs during NFL football practice at the team’s headquarters Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. “I would watch film of me running and I was like, ‘Why do I run so different than everybody else?’ I didn’t really get it and then I was just like ‘All right, that’s just how I run’ and kind of accepted it,” said Pettis.Recent 49ers first-round draft picks have been bitten by the injury bug. Guard Joshua Garnett hasn’t practiced since banging knees with a teammate Saturday and is listed as day to day.Jimmie Ward has been sidelined since midway through Tuesday’s practice with a hamstring injury, though he could return as soon as Friday. Defensive lineman Arik Armstead is also dealing with a hamstring issue and has been listed as week-to-week.Ward and Armstead are expected to have significant roles for defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who indicated he’s not overly concerned about their absences from camp. But given NFL teams are allowed just 14 padded practices during the regular season, they are missing opportunities to hone their crafts. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers appear to have found a promising piece for second-year coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense if the first week of training camp is any indication.Rookie Dante Pettis, a receiver drafted in the second round out of Washington, has been a quick study in Shanahan’s complex scheme. He’s also been a tough cover for opposing defensive backs, evident by his string of catches against the starting defense in full-team drills.In fact, Pettis closed Wednesday’s practice by catching a 45-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo, speeding by promising second-year player Ahkello Witherspoon, after earlier beating All-Pro Richard Sherman for a catch on a crossing route.Pettis’ ability to get open against physical NFL cornerbacks was a question mark after he was drafted. But Shanahan made a sizable bet that Pettis could do it given his work as a punt returner. Pettis set the NCAA record with nine punt return touchdowns during his four college seasons. He has been difficult to jam at the line of scrimmage in the early going.last_img read more

Boys basketball: Fort Vancouver 54, Evergreen 52

first_img Evergreen PlainsmenFort Vancouver Trappers The Columbian Published: January 15, 2019, 10:47pm Share: The Fort Vancouver boys basketball team trailed almost the entire game, but did just enough to pull off a 54-52 win over Evergreen, its second in in 3A Greater St. Helens League play.Freshman Sergio Hunt hit two free throws with around 10 seconds left to push the Trappers up four.Evergreen responded with a jumper to make it a one-possession game, but Fort ran the clock out.Hunt had 16 of his 22 points in the second half.“We battled with the size disparity,” Fort coach James Ensley said.Justin Vernon had 10 points and 13 boards, including six points off of offensive boards for Fort. Share: GOcenter_img Tags By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Mario Herring had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Evergreen.FORT VANCOUVER 54, EVERGREEN 52EVERGREEN — Camren Smith 0, Jaden Stanley 2, Travis Huffman 5, Zyell Griffin 6, Tyler Ricketts 3, Izaac Romero 12, Isaiah Enyinwa 1, Carter Monda 9, Mario Herring 14. Totals 20-54 (6-28) 6-11 52.FORT VANCOUVER — Vincent Bennett 0, James Husband Jr. 11, Keyontae Cage 2, Ezekial Block 0, Kahlil Singleton 6, Sergio Hunt 22, Justin Vernon 10, Tyrique Cargile 2. Totals 17-52 (3-13) 17-23 54.Evergreen 15 15 14 8–52Fort 13 14 14 13–54 Boys basketball: Fort Vancouver 54, Evergreen 52 Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more