Linehan: Run or pass, Pettigrew will be big factor

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has a history of turning less-than-elite tight ends into legit pass-catchers -- Jim Kleinsasser, Byron Chamberlain and Jermaine Wiggins in Minnesota; Randy McMichael with the Dolphins. But Brandon Pettigrew may have more talent than any TE Linehan's ever had. Well, Scott didn't go that far, but per Pro Football Weekly, he did call Pettigrew "a unique fit" because of blocking and receiving skills that will make him an every-down tight end in the league. "He will be a big factor in our offense whether we’re throwing the ball or running," Linehan said.