Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Potential New York Jets’ Free Agent Brandon Pettigrew


As we reported yesterday, the Jets came to terms on a three-year contract with incumbent tight end Jeff Cumberland.  However, this is far from the end for John Idzik and company, as the offense needs quite a few more pieces.

Jeff is not the end of the search at the tight end position, as we all know.  The Jets have interest in two of the big TE draft prospects, Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro.  The team also has interest in free agent tight ends Scott Chandler, Ed Dickson, and the guy we are going to talk about tonight, Brandon Pettigrew.

Here are his stats for his career:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2009 24 DET TE 84 11 11 30 346 11.5 2 30 2.7 31.5 346 2 1 2
2010 25 DET TE 84 16 16 71 722 10.2 4 35 4.4 45.1 722 4 0 6
2011 26 DET TE 84 16 16 83 777 9.4 5 27 5.2 48.6 777 5 0 7
2012 27 DET TE 87 14 11 59 567 9.6 3 24 4.2 40.5 567 3 4 4
2013 28 DET TE 87 14 14 41 416 10.1 2 31 2.9 29.7 416 2 1 3
Career 71 68 284 2828 10.0 16 35 4.0 39.8 2828 16 6 22

At 29 years old, there is plenty of football left in the career of Brandon Pettigrew.

You might notice the big drop off in receptions, especially from 2011 (83) to 2012 (59).  Well, a lot of that can be attested to the fact that this guy named Calvin Johnson jumped up to 122 receptions in 2012.  I think a healthy Rob Gronkowski would have had his numbers suffer in the wake of a 122 reception wide receiver.

Here are some additional metrics on Pettigrew, courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

In 2013, Pettigrew was actually near the bottom of the league overall, with a -8.0 rating.  His rating in the passing game, as a receiver, was a -4.3, and as a run blocker, a -8.6.

Brandon excelled, however, in pass blocking, where he was ranked in a tie for seventh with a 2.3 rating.  He would be an asset as a pass blocker, giving Geno Smith some additional time.

In the past, he has been better in the run game.  In 2010, Brandon was 11th overall among tight ends in run blocking with a 7.1 rating.

As far as reliability, Brandon is fairly reliable. His drop rate in 2013 was 8.89%, with four drops out of 45 catchable passes.  In his top season of his career, 2011, his drop rate was 6.74%, dropping six passes out of 89 catchable balls.

His cap number was only $3.47 million, and with his receptions falling off over the last couple of years, it probably won’t take a lot to bring him in the fold.

I wouldn’t object, what do you guys think of Pettigrew?

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