TE Brandon Pettigrew is expected to sign with a team soon, and the Jets are in the mix (Mehta, March 13).
Pettigrew had 41 receptions for 416 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 with Detroit.
UPDATE: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News appears to suggest that the Jets will be the ones to sign the former Lion.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comThe 29-year-old Pettigrew was drafted in the first round in 2009 and looked to be emerging as one of the elite tight ends in the league when he caught 71 passes in 2010 and 83 in 2011. However, his production has slipped over the last few years and he seems to have worn out his welcome in Detroit.
As a blocker, the 6’6″ 264-pounder is very capable, although he didn’t grade out too well last year, other than as a pass protector. Still, he certainly has more ability than a Kellen Winslow or Dustin Keller-type player and I liken the fact that they would still employ him in blocking situations to a pitcher that loses a ton of games. He must be doing something right to continue to be used in that manner ahead of other possibilities.
Pettigrew would also give the Jets another pass catching threat following the addition of Eric Decker last night, so stay tuned to see who he signs for.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis week Pettigrew talked to USA Today telling them that that he wants to be considered an old-school tight end who can “be utilized for my run-blocking and my pass-receiving skill set.”
Marty Mornhinweg had success with Brent Celek in Philadelphia in that sort of a role. As Bent notes above he must be doing something right to be used in such a capacity so much. The Jets ranked poorly in pass protection last year so adding Pettigrew could provide some help to the team when throwing the ball either in protection or receiving.