Former Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis seemingly was on his way to a solid NFL career until he was cut by the St. Louis Rams mid-season last year.
Now Pettis, who has 107 catches and nine touchdowns in four pro seasons, is trying to rebuild his career with the San Diego Chargers. He has performed well in training camp, according to Chargers.com.
Pettis was cut last October. He signed with the Chargers in January.
“Every year you come in knowing they’re always looking for someone to take your spot unless you earn it,” Pettis told Chargers.com. “That was my goal every year in St. Louis, and it’s definitely my goal here. It just more so comes into play with me trying to earn a spot in a real competitive room, and I’m just hoping to be consistent every day and hopefully I can make it. I put more pressure on myself than any pressure that I could probably get, so I expect myself to make every play no matter what happens."
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Pettis has a good relationship with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who formerly played in St. Louis. That could help him make plays in camp and preseason games.
“I know Austin real well obviously having played with him in St. Louis,” Clemens told Chargers.com. “He brings a lot to the table as a receiver. He is getting a good opportunity here. He is a guy who can play, has great range and is smart. Hopefully he goes out this preseason and tears it up. ... I was recruiting him telling him to come out. I was happy and excited when we signed him because I knew what he brings to the table. So I was excited for him, but also excited for us.”
ESPN lists Pettis as a third-string wide receiver right now. He’ll get a chance to show what he can do in game situations Thursday when the Chargers open preseason play against the Cowboys.
“I’m very excited,” Pettis told Chargers.com. “I know I can play this game, and it’s been a while since I’ve been able to put a real jersey on, get out there and go play against another team. It’s going to be real nice to have a lot of my family and friends there being so close to home, so it should be pretty comfortable for me. I’m just excited to go out there and be back where I feel like I belong.”
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Pettis is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.
We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.