Pettigrew gets high praise from one of the best

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Brandon Pettigrew has some high praise to live up to, now that he's been raved on by one of the best to ever play that position.

Nicholas Cotsonika at reports that Lions Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders had many good things to say about the just-signed rookie Pettigrew as Brandon enters his first training camp.

“He’s a complete tight end,” Sanders said at the end of the off-season program. “He really is. The thing I like about him – his size, his speed, his strength. He doesn’t back down when it comes to blocking. He’s not intimidated. He has great hands – better hands than I thought – and great hand-eye.

“If there’s a negative right now, it would be, in my opinion, to learn to lower his body weight in terms of separating, coming out of breaks. It’s not so much speed as the ability to separate. He’s got all the tools.”
Pettigrew should have a key role as an every-down TE in Scott Linehan's offense, Cotsonika writes -- opening holes in the running game, making big catches and taking pressure off All-World WR Calvin Johnson.

“Now it’s just a matter of developing the packages for him, because he’s going to have to be accounted for,” Sanders said. “No linebacker is going to be able to check him one-on-one, and I don’t think there are too many safeties can do it."
From your lips to the Lions' scoreboard, Charlie.

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