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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:18:32 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London. TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is doubtful. OT LaAdrian Waddle (concussion) is questionable, while DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) and RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) are probable. Fauria and Pettigrew didn't practice Friday, Oct. 24. Ansah was limited, while Waddle and Riddick practiced in full.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:05:49 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) is also out, and TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) is listed as doubtful.
Fantasy Tip: The Lions will be down to their fourth and fifth string tight ends in London in Jordan Thompson and Kellen Davis, who they recently signed. Neither are viable options for any fantasy football lineups.
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:15:56 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) will be a game-time decision Sunday, Oct. 26. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) is unlikely to play this weekend.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:16:38 -0700
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) returned to practice Thursday, Oct. 23. TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) sat out of practice.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:25:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:04:26 -0700
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (toe), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (undisclosed) are out of practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:19:46 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) missed his second straight day of practice Friday, Oct. 17, after tweaking his hamstring in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. "He's had a similar issue before," head coach Jim Caldwell said of Ebron. "It's just a matter of how quickly he's going to be able to rebound. So the doctors are still working with him and it's going to be day-to-day. He hasn't practiced since Wednesday. So hopefully he'll get back soon." If Ebron doesn't play, the team may call up TE Jordan Thompson from the practice squad. TE Brandon Pettigrew is the team's only healthy tight end currently on roster.
Fantasy Tip: Ebron will likely be questionable against the New Orleans Saints, and he's not a smart play at FantasyScore. Take a flier on Pettigrew ($3,000) if Ebron doesn't suit up.
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:33:17 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16, after being limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. Ebron saw a career high in snaps in the team's Week 6 victory. The team is already without TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), so if Ebron can't play in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, TE Brandon Pettigrew would be the only active tight end on roster.
Fantasy Tip: Ebron ($3,300; 6.6% of cap) is an attractive option for your FantasyScore lineups if he plays. The Saints have been beat up by opponents all season long. Check back tomorrow for Ebron's status. If he doesn't play, Pettigrew ($3,000) is probably worth a flier if you want to go ultra-cheap at tight end.
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:31:38 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron was expected to play a big role in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's revamped offense. However, the No. 10 overall pick has played just 69 snaps this season compared to 123 for TE Brandon Pettigrew and 79 for TE Joseph Fauria.
Fantasy Tip: Ebron has a bright future, and is still a solid long-term keeper prospect. But for those in re-draft leagues, and certainly for those in FantasyScore daily play, Ebron is a non-factor.
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:04:15 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.
Fantasy Tip: Pettigrew only caught one pass for nine yards in Week 1 and will look to get more involved. Pettigrew costs $4,000 at FantasyScore, but owners could spend a little more money on a better tight end.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:03:51 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was held out of portions of the team's practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Fantasy Tip: Pettigrew had only one catch for nine yards in the team's Week 1 blowout win over the New York Giants. That's not a good sign, especially since rookie tight end Eric Ebron is expected to see more work as the season progresses. Ignore Pettigrew and his FantasyScore price of $4,000 in Week 2.
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:02:32 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew has shown improved hands in training camp. He also improved his drop rate from 13.24 percent of catchable targets to 8.89 percent last season.
Fantasy Tip: Pettigrew is expected to be used more as a blocker this season and isn't a good fantasy target.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:43:37 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew and the other tight ends have split time between working on the offensive line and working with the pass-catching receivers and running backs catching passes. Pettigrew worked with the line while TEs Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria worked on catching passes Tuesday, July 29. "We rotate and go down there during periods," Pettigrew said. "We have five guys here, why not split up and have some guys down there and some guys down here." Pettigrew said this helps his blocking fundamentals, and aids Ebron and Fauria as well.
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:19:26 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said in a Tuesday, July 8 interview that fans should expect an "awful lot" of two-tight end sets this season. Ebron and TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria figure to split time at the position.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:28:02 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said he is willing to block more often this upcoming season if he helps the team win.
Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:23:35 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron, the team's first-round pick, is expected to battle TE Brandon Pettigrew for playing time in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense. Ebron could play a role similar to TE Jimmy Graham in the New Orleans Saints offense, and the Lions could use plenty of two tight end sets.
Fantasy Tip: Ebron has nice upside in what should continue to be a high-flying aerial offense. However, he must improve his blocking in order to improve all around, and he'll compete for looks with Pettigrew. Draft Ebron as your TE2 with upside.
Thu, 08 May 2014 18:12:03 -0700
The Detroit Lions selected North Carolina TE Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: As if the Lions needed another offensive weapon.... He'll often line up as a wideout and, despite the presence of Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria, Ebron has starter potential in fantasy leagues. He may be overdrafted, though, especially if Detroit doesn't clear target space for him at the position before the season starts. Matthew Stafford remains a top-10 fake-football QB.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:25:31 -0700
The New York Jets had interest in TE Brandon Pettigrew before he re-signed with the Detroit Lions. The Jets were one of three teams interested but did not offer him a contract.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:21:42 -0700
The Detroit Lions re-signed free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million deal that includes $8 million guaranteed.
Fantasy Tip: Pettigrew had a down year last year with 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns. The team used him to block, as they spread out their receivers and utilized their backs more. They could still feature him at times, and he makes for a serviceable TE2 next year.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:11:01 -0700
Unrestricted free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew (Lions) is currently mulling interest from the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. Sources say he is close to making a decision.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:49:26 -0700
The New York Giants have some interest in impending free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew (Lions).
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:05:38 -0800
The New York Jets have had internal discussions about the possibility of pursuing Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent TE Ed Dickson, Detroit Lions impending free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew and Buffalo Bills impending free-agent TE Scott Chandler this offseason.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:55:32 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew, and he intends to meet with Pettigrew's agent at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mayhew did not rule out the possibility of using the franchise tag on Pettigrew.
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:06:06 -0800
The Detroit Lions have not had any talks with the agent of impending free agent TE Brandon Pettigrew on a new contract, but the two sides are expected to meet at the NFL Combine this week.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:20:23 -0800
The Detroit Lions are not expected to use the franchise tag on impending free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew this offseason. The team would like to re-sign Pettigrew but need to be comfortable with the price.
Sun, 09 Feb 2014 19:15:20 -0800
The Detroit Lions have not had any substantial contract talks with impending free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew at this point.
Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:19:00 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team has not decided if they will place the franchise tag on impending free-agent TE Brandon Pettigrew this offseason.
Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:25:02 -0800
The Detroit Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew on Injured Reserve Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:34:08 -0800
The Detroit Lions have declared TE Brandon Pettigrew, CB Chris Houston, QB Kellen Moore, OG Leroy Harris, RB Mikel Leshoure, CB Rashean Mathis, C Rodney Austin inactive for Week 16.
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:03:42 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 20, and has been ruled out for Week 16.
Fantasy Tip: Joseph Fauria likely will receive most of the playing time at tight end with Pettigrew out. Fauria could be a flex option for desperate owners in many leagues but would be a better option in leagues that use two tight ends.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:03:00 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Fantasy Tip: Pettigrew's injury appears to be serious enough to keep him out in Week 16. Look elsewhere for your starting tight end during championship week.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:17:08 -0800
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was on crutches in the locker room Wednesday, Dec. 18. TEs Dorin Dickerson and Joseph Fauria were the only two healthy tight ends at practice as a result. Head coach Jim Schwartz said Pettigrew's injury was "the most concerning" of anyone who missed practice.
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:59:57 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:58:33 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is undergoing tests on his ankle Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:04:19 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) left the Week 15 game against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter due to a right ankle issue. He had the ankle taped on the sideline.
Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:34:34 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 22, and is probable for Week 12.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:29:17 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:36:23 -0800
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles'), CB Jonte Green (illness) and S Glover Quin (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), CB Dwight Bentley (knee), S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Andre Fluellen (thigh), DE Israel Idonije (knee) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) all were limited. T Corey Hilliard (knee) fully practiced.
Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:42:35 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said Friday, Nov. 15, that he has had to make fewer catches in heavy traffic this season with a defender right on him. It is the effect of RB Reggie Bush on offense and the ability to spread the ball to multiple receivers, leaving defenses guessing on a lot of plays. "(QB Matthew Stafford) has a great amount of confidence in him, especially in situations where we want to move the chains or we know that people are going to be playing for an outside route," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.
Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:06:47 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 25, but is probable for Week 8.
Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:09:34 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 24, with a sore hamstring. TE Joseph Fauria, the only backup on roster, is strictly a pass-catching tight end that has been effective out of the slot.
Fantasy Tip: It doesn't appear that Pettigrew's injury is serious, so expect him to suit up in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys - a solid matchup. Both Pettigrew and Fauria are flex options, with Pettigrew a safer option.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 06:23:53 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew is being asked to block more this year than ever in his four-year career.
Fantasy Tip: He's going to be a spotty fantasy player, as witnessed by his seven catches last week. He's probably not a TE1 at this point, but he'll have matchups where he can be used as a bye-week fill-in.
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:59:42 -0700
Detroit Lions TEs Tony Scheffler, Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria may have bigger roles after WR Nate Burleson (arm) suffered a broken arm in a car accident. Scheffler had a season-high 21 snaps in Week 3 against the Washington Redskins after playing only four plays in the season opener and 17 snaps in Week 2. He has only been thrown to three times. Scheffler has lined up as a traditional tight end and in the slot so far this season.
Fantasy Tip: Scheffler could see more looks, but with Pettigrew also in the picture, the chances that it'll be enough to make him fantasy relevant are remote.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:19:39 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew managed just two receptions for six yards in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, and he was credited with one fumble lost and a dropped pass.
Fantasy Tip: Pettigrew remains a low-end TE1 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams, and if he keeps producing like this he will be available off the waiver wire in many leagues soon. He will produce in the high-octane Detroit offense, so be patient.
Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:32:35 -0700
The Detroit Lions used four different tight ends with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, Aug. 20. TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams and Joseph Fauria each worked with QB Matthew Stafford.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:13:44 -0700
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said he changed his diet and worked out this offseason to lose some weight and get a more refined technique. "Brandon looks as good as I've ever seen him physically," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's very accountable. Like all our players, they work hard to identify their weaknesses and try to work to correct those." Pettigrew has also been focusing on keeping his eyes on the ball and looking it all the way in order to cut down on his drops.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:14:24 -0700
The Detroit Lions could keep four tight ends on the roster in 2013, although it is more likely they will keep three. The Lions currently have TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Michael Williams, Joseph Fauria and Matt Veldman on the roster.
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:47:45 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew will see his 2013 base salary increase from $1,146,250 to $1,846,250 because of incentives in his contract.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:29:03 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is doubtful for Week 17.
Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:02:03 -0800
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) is not taking part in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.