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87 Brandon Pettigrew TE
Height/Weight: 6-5/275 | Birthdate: 2/23/1985 | Birthplace: Tyler, TX, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 168.83
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Brandon Pettigrew officially in for Week 2


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who is contending with a foot injury, is active for Week 2 at Carolina. He was listed as probable on Friday's injury report after practicing in full both Thursday and Friday.

Pettigrew had only one catch for 9 yards Week 1 against the Giants. He is attempting to hold off rookie Eric Ebron as the primary tight end.


Brandon Pettigrew should go Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is probable entering Week 2.

Pettigrew was limited in practice Wednesday due to a foot injury. He practiced in full both Thursday and Friday, and should be able to play Sunday. 


Brandon Pettigrew limited Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was held out of portions of Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, reports MLive.com.

Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria held in check Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Lions tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria failed to make much of an impact in a Week 1 win at home over the Giants.

Pettigrew caught his lone target for a 9-yard gain in the opening quarter. He was held without a catch in the second half.

Fauria was held without a grab in the first half before making a 26-yard grab in the third quarter. He nearly came down with a touchdown on that drive, but Prince Amukamara batted a pass intended for him in the end zone. He was targeted again in the end zone on the ensuing drive, but Matthew Stafford's throw was off the mark. He finished with one catch for 26 yards in a 35-14 victory.

Lions sit out several starters for preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following starters will not suit up for the Lions Thursday night against the Bills: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Brandon Pettigrew fine with blocking more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is ceding his spot as the top pass-catching tight end to rookie Eric Ebron, notes the Detroit Free Press. Pettigrew is O.K. with blocking more.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," he said. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win."

Pettigrew signed a four-year, $16 million contract this offseason despite the fact that his receptions and yards have dropped three straight years.


Brandon Pettigrew expecting more catches in 2014


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew anticipates more passes thrown his way. He had 41 catches last season, a big drop from the 71 and 83 receptions he made in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

“I think these guys kind of want to open up the game a little bit more,” Pettigrew told the team's website after re-signing with Detroit for $16 million over four years. “Spread the ball out a little bit more and try to get the tight ends the ball.

“Knowing what (Lombardi) is coming from (New Orleans), the expectation is that balls will be coming my way a little bit more. It sounds fun. It sounds exciting.“

Pettigrew, however, will continue to do a lot of blocking in the running game.


Brandon Pettigrew stays with Lions


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/14/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew agreed to a four-year, $16-million deal to stay in Detroit on Thursday that includes $8 million guaranteed, reports the Detroit Free Press . Pettigrew was considering leaving the Lions for the Jets or the Raiders.

He had 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. In five seasons, Pettigrew has 284 catches and 16 touchdowns.

He's expected to remain the No. 1 tight end but also share time with Joseph Fauria.


Brandon Pettigrew to sign new deal soon


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) Free agent tight Brandon Pettigrew could sign a new deal soon, reports the New York Daily News.

The report says Pettigrew is drawing interest from the Jets, Raiders and the Lions, his former team. He is expected to make his decision shortly, and the Jets would like to find an upgrade at the position.

Pettitgrew, 29, had 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games last season for the Lions. He has spent his entire five-year career in Detroit.


Five teams in the hunt for Brandon Pettigrew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) If he doesn't re-sign with the Lions, free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew will land with the Giants, Jets, Texans or Raiders, reports NFL Network. The tight end market is expected to heat up Wednesday after a slow start.

Lions not expected to lock up Brandon Pettigrew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Lions are still having contract talks with tight end Brandon Pettigrew but are not expected to strike a deal before 4 p.m. ET when the free agent market opens, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Brandon Pettigrew a 'viable option' for Giants


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew is a "viable option" for the Giants, reports the New York Daily News. The team is looking for a tight end who's a capable receiver and powerful blocker, and also is interested in Andrew Quarless, the report said.

Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games with the Lions last year.


Report: Lions, Brandon Pettigrew unlikely to reach deal


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/4/2014) The Lions and free-agent-to-be tight end Brandon Pettigrew could be heading for a split. The odds are against the two sides reaching an agreement on a new contract, the Detroit Free Press reports, and with that being the case the team is fine letting Pettigrew see what he can get from another club. 

Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns, his lowest output since his rookie year of 2009. 


Lions staying away from franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The Lions are not expected to use the franchise tag, reports the Detroit Free Press. The team continues to negotiate with the three starters headed for unrestricted free agency: tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive end Willie Young and cornerback Rashean Mathis.

Jets could use Brandon Pettigrew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, an impending free agent, "might benefit from a change in scenery while addressing an obvious need" with the Jets, reports USA Today. New York needs to give quarterback Geno Smith more weapons, and Pettigrew would be an upgrade at tight end even if Jeff Cumberland returns as expected.

Jim Caldwell won't tip hand on Brandon Pettigrew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) New Lions coach Jim Caldwell called free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew a big and talented player who excels as a blocker and receiver, but was vague about whether the team will try to re-sign him.

“We’ve got to look at every option and that’s one of the things,” Caldwell said, per ESPN.com. “We’ve got to have contingencies for every single thing and that’s one of the things. We have to have contingencies for every single thing so we look at it on both sides of it and see how things work out.”


Lions to discuss Brandon Pettigrew's future this week


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/18/2014) The Lions and representatives for tight end Brandon Pettigrew will meet this week at the NFL combine to talk about the free agent's future, says the Detroit Free Press.

Pettigrew is a candidate for the franchise tag assuming the Lions want him back and feel the $6.8 million guaranteed is a fair price for his services for 2014. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi admitted he's appealing because of his blocking skills last week. 

Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns, his lowest output since his rookie year of 2009. 


Free agent Brandon Pettigrew a fit for Lions' new offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi sounds like he's high on tight end Brandon Pettigrew, the team's most prominent remaining free agent.

“I think it’s important to have a guy that can block at the point of attack. That’s important,” Lombardi told the Detroit Free Press. “And then you want a guy that can be a pass receiver, so you’re always looking for those well-rounded guys. But again, I’ve never been in the mode of I wanted to find exactly what this player is and then you have to go find him for me. Go find the best player you can.”

The Lions and Pettigrew, who turns 29 this month, haven't had serious contract discussions yet, the paper said.


Lions not ready to decide on Brandon Pettigrew


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is the Lions' most prominent free agent, one of four starters heading for unrestricted free agency. The front office won't decide how to proceed until new coach Jim Caldwell's entire staff is in place, reports the Detroit Free Press.

“We need to sit down and talk with the coaching staff and see how we value guys that we have who are free,” Mayhew told the paper. “I think that we’re still in the process of discussing what we look like on offense, what we look like on defense and how that all comes together. So I think that’s a pretty important conversation to have.”

Mayhew said he's "not sure yet" whether the franchise tag would be an option for Pettigrew, 29. Pettigrew caught 41 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns, his lowest output since his rookie year of 2009. He wouldn't appear to be worth the tag, which projects as $6.7 million for tight ends.


Lions put Brandon Pettigrew on IR


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) The Lions placed tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve Wednesday. He suffered an ankle injury Week 15 and was not able to play last week vs. the Giants.

An unrestricted free agent, Pettigrew finishes the year with 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns.


Brandon Pettigrew unable to practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who hurt his ankle Week 15 vs. Baltimore, was unable to practice Wednesday after sitting out last week's loss to the Giants. Detroit visits Minnesota on Sunday.

Lions reveal Week 16 inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Lions have ruled Kellen Moore, Brandon Pettigrew, Mikel Leshoure, Chris Houston, Rashean Mathis, Leroy Harris and Rodney Austin inactive for Sunday's home game against the Giants in Week 16.

Brandon Pettigrew ruled out Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been ruled out Week 16 against the Giants.

Pettigrew is dealing with an ankle injury. He was spotted on crutches this week, and was unable to practice. 


Brandon Pettigrew unable to practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was not able to practice Friday.

Pettigrew is dealing with an ankle injury, and was seen on crutches earlier in the week. He has not participated in practice. His status will be updated following practice. 


Brandon Pettigrew on crutches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, two days after spraining his ankle in the loss to Baltimore, reports the Detroit Free Press. Pettigrew declined to comment on the injury.

Joseph Fauria and Dorin Dickerson were the only tight ends available as Detroit began preparing to host the Giants on Sunday. “We’ll just see where [Pettigrew] gets to over the course of the week,” coach Jim Schwartz told the paper. “We’ll have plans if he can play. We’ll have plays if he can’t.”