Detroit Lions' Brandon Pettigrew plagued by mistakes

Turnovers and drops by the former Oklahoma State standout are big reasons the Lions' tight end hasn't reached his full potential yet.
by Michael Baldwin Published: December 1, 2012

“It's been a rough spot for him as far as some drops and some fumbles. But he'll get through it and prove that he's the good player that we all know he is.”

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was quoted: “I'll continue throwing to that kid until they tell me I can't.”

In the fantasy football world, Pettigrew's other skills get overlooked.

Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said run blocking is an area where Pettigrew excels, another reason Detroit management believes Pettigrew can be an ideal complement to superstar Calvin Johnson and the Lions' other receivers.

“He's a big strong guy,” Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press. “I think his biggest asset is his blocking. We feel it when we practice (against him). He's giant. And he's mean and aggressive.”

The Lions last season ended a 12-year playoff drought but odds are they won't return to the playoffs this season.

Detroit (4-7) probably would need to run the table, win its final five games. That will be difficult against a challenging schedule that still includes Green Bay, Atlanta and Chicago.

“We have a young team and we play in a tough division.” Pettigrew said. “But moving forward, I see big things. Every year we keep adding key parts and key players. As long as we can keep that base, our mindset will always be to keep getting better and play in the Super Bowl.”

Pettigrew wants to be part of that “base.” He signed a five-year, $5.1 million deal the year he was drafted. His contract ends in 2013.

His No. 1 goal is to help the Lions get to the Super Bowl, but he has individual goals.

“Hopefully one of these years I'll make the Pro Bowl,” Pettigrew said. “That's definitely out there. But there's a lot I still need to work on. I'm going to try to get my production up and play at the top of my game.

“I definitely have left some plays on the field that could have put us ahead in some games. But I've got to move forward, compete hard and be more consistent to help this team win games.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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