Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, will be medically cleared to resume full activities this month. He's eager to start assimilating himself into the offense when the Lions start camp July 31.
"We are doing a lot of different stuff and we've added a few pieces to our offense, and it's definitely important to go ahead and mix it together and see what works together and just get in there together," he said.
The Lions likely will bring Pettigrew along slowly. But if they want to run the two tight end sets as much as they are planning, they'll need to get Pettigrew into form quickly.
The recovery is progressing nicely, but Pettigrew's value took a big hit when the Lions traded for Tony Scheffler in the offseason. Both tight ends will be involved in the offense presuming Pettigrew is ready to play come week 1, but ultimately both will eat into eachothers fantasy stats.