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Pettigrew (foot) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

The Carolina defense is very strong (though they will be without Greg Hardy), so Pettigrew may be needed more on the line to protect quarterback Matthew Stafford than running routes.

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Pettigrew (foot) is probable for Sunday's game against Carolina.

Pettigrew practiced all week, so the foot injury isn't much of an issue. His poor receiving efficiency and matchup with the Panthers defense are both very much issues for his fantasy stock, however.

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Pettigrew (foot) practiced in full Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Along with running back Reggie Bush (knee), the duo was upgraded from limited participation, which intimates active status Sunday at Carolina. However, Pettigrew's value is in stasis, as he gathered in his only target for nine yards, while Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Bush combined for 23 targets. Rookie tight end Eric Ebron figures to make his presence felt as the season rolls along, which may push Pettigrew to the wayside for good.

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Pettigrew (foot) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Despite the offensive display put on by his fellow teammates Monday, Pettigrew was only targeted once en route to nine receiving yards. Rookie tight end Eric Ebron was held without a catch on two targets, as 23 were split among Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Reggie Bush. As Ebron becomes more accustomed to his new confines, he could cut into Pettigrew's workload, hurting his already meager value. In any case, Pettigrew's availability for Week 2 in Carolina should be confirmed by the final injury report of the week.

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Pettigrew caught his only target, a nine-yard reception, in Monday's Week 1 win over the Bears.

Pettigrew faces more competition for targets at tight end this season, as Joseph Fauria is entering his second professional campaign and the Lions selected Eric Ebron 10th overall in this year's draft. As the veteran of Detroit's tight end options, Pettigrew is expected to see significantly more targets in subsequent games, but his week-to-week involvement could prove frustrating for fantasy owners on certain occasions.

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Pettigrew started Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns but did not get any targets.

Pettigrew may still garner a good numbers of snaps this season, but the competition for targets will be fierce. That one guy Calvin Johnson always seems to draw the lion's share of Matt Stafford's attention, and Detroit finally added a solid second receiver in Golden Tate. More importantly for Pettigrew, fellow tight end Eric Ebron was selected in the first round of May's draft. What's more, 6-7 TE Joseph Fauria is still with the team, after doubling Pettigrew's seven red-zone targets last season. The Lions simply have too much receiving talent for the shaky-handed Pettigrew to see much of the ball.

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Brandon Pettigrew says he's embraced a more blocking-oriented role following the Lions' selection of Eric Ebron.

"Whatever it is, I'm a team guy," said Pettigrew, who inked a four-year, $16 million contract to stay in Detroit before the Ebron pick was made. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We're trying to win." Look for Pettigrew to play the Ben Watson role in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense, with Ebron eased into Jimmy Graham duties. 29-year-old Pettigrew has no fantasy value.

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Brandon Pettigrew said he thinks he'll see more targets in the Lions' new offensive scheme.

Pettigrew is coming off a year that saw him post four-year lows in catches (41), yards (416) and targets (64) while blocking on 26.6 percent of pass plays. He's been told that Jim Caldwell and Joe Lombardi want a more even distribution of targets going forward. That may be true, but the problem here will always be Pettigrew's lumbering, catch-and-fall habits. He's averaged just 9.95 yards per reception and scored 16 touchdowns in his five-year career.

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Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract.

The deal includes $8 million guaranteed. Pettigrew, 29, was our No. 2 tight end left on the market, behind Jermichael Finley. He had been drawing significant interest from the Jets, and to a lesser extent the Raiders and Chiefs. Pettigrew isn't a playmaker at the tight end position but is a decent red-zone option and a try-hard blocker. He's merely a low-upside TE2 fantasy-wise.

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According to the New York Daily News, the Jets will sign TE Brandon Pettigrew shortly.

It's an upgrade on Zach Sudfeld and Jeff Cumberland, but it's far from a difference-making acquisition. Pettigrew is a plodding, catch-and-fall guy in the passing game that has averaged 9.95 yards per reception in his five-year career. He's also been a liability when blocking in the run game. Pettigrew will barely be on the TE2 radar with Geno Smith and the Jets.