After losing Nate Burleson to a large pepperoni pizza (er….broken forearm) and Calvin Johnson to a knee injury who does Matthew Stafford trust to catch the ball and make plays.
Brandon Pettigrew thats who!
After a sloppy start to the season, Brandon Pettigrew has caught 11 passes while being targeted 12 times. That is a massive improvement from the beginning of the season when it appeared Pettigrew couldn’t catch a cold. inconsistency aside, Matthew Stafford told detroitlions.com lead writer Tim Twentyman that he has total confidence in the Lions tight end.
“Pettigrew is the guy that I have the ultimate trust in,” Stafford said Tuesday. “He’s a guy that came in with me. We were drafted together. He was a guy that was a focal point for me early on in my career, especially just anytime you got a great tight end as a young quarterback he can be your best friend.
“He’s a guy that works extremely hard. We see the work that he puts in week in and week out no matter what his role is in the offense. He’s ready for anything. The last two weeks have proved that. He’s a guy that has been asked to do more. He’s making plays for us.”
Brandon Pettigrew wasn’t just drafted for his pass catching ability. He is also a solid blocker and when he is not running routes does and excellent job protecting the backfield and opening holes.
Catching passes or blocking defensive lineman doesn’t help much if your team doesn’t score and that is something Pettigrew has yet to do this season. Hopefully Stafford and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan can come up with a way to get Pettigrew involved in the red zone against Cleveland.