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TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 247Born: 10-9-1993College: IowaDrafted: Round 5

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Kittle has been ruled out for Week 10 with an ankle injury.

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 at PHI 41 2 22 0 0 2.2
9 vs ARI 33 3 27 0 0 2.7
12 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * * *
12 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
12 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 9 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Kittle rolled his ankle while getting tackled on San Francisco's second play of the game. He lined up in the slot and easily beat safety Tyvon Branch on a quick slant for 14 yards. From then on, Kittle attempted to gut it out, but had to come off the field for stretches at a time, ultimately playing his final snap -- and seeing his final target -- early in the fourth quarter. On that play, he wasn't able to hang onto an easy catch, but the more important takeaway was his obvious discomfort and lack of mobility while running the route.

2017 Week 8 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Kittle didn't see a single pass thrown his way until midway through the third quarter, and even then it was only the result of a dumpoff under pressure. At the end of the quarter, Kittle made his only reception of the game. Lined up in a two tight end right formation, he ran a wheel route against the man-to-man coverage of safety Malcolm Jenkins. Kittle got little, if any, separation, but made a great adjustment to the ball in the air as it fell over Jenkins' shoulder, reaching out with his upfield hand and tapping it back to himself twice before securing it into his chest.

2017 Week 7 vs DAL (2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Kittle was rendered a non-factor for two reasons. First, he only ran 17 routes in his 31 snaps because San Francisco kept him in to block in pass protection. Second, he couldn't get open on said routes due to the tight coverage of free safety Byron Jones and outside linebacker Sean Lee. Kittle's lone reception came on one of the handful of routes he was actually able to get open against Jones' man-to-man.

2017 Week 6 vs WAS (8 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Once again, Kittle was the focal point of San Francisco's two-minute pass offense. It's just that, this week, he played this role in the waning moments of the first half, not the second: Four of Kittle's eight targets came in an eight-play span between 1:27 left and 0:29 left in the second quarter. The second, third, and fourth may have come in the red zone, but the first of these four had the most impact. Lining up inside in a trips formation, Kittle ran straight down the seam and split Washington's two safeties. C.J. Beathard's 23-yard pass was slightly behind him, but Kittle twisted his body in stride to make a reaching grab and then righted himself to run for an additional 8 yards. That he made such a high-difficulty catch represented a bit of redemption, as he dropped two passes earlier in the game, one of which being of the drive-killing, wide-open-on-third-down variety.

2017 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 7 / 83 / 1 rec)

Based on Kittle's second target, one would never have predicted what was to come later. It was 3rd-and-4 from the Colts' 10 yard line. Kittle ran a corner route from the slot and was open for a touchdown, but he dropped the pass. What's more, between those two targets on San Francisco's first drive and their last drive of regulation, he still hadn't done much anything of note: 1 target for 1 reception and 7 yards. But then all of a sudden, he became Brian Hoyer's go-to receiver with the game on the line. Backed up on their own 11-yard line, Kittle ran a corner route against a soft Cover-2 defense and was wide open for a 27-yard catch. Two plays later, Kittle was targeted again on a short out route, but Hoyer's pass was wide of the mark. When they faced 4th-and-1 a few plays later, Kyle Shanahan called for a play-action pass, which Kittle caught between the cornerback and safety for 19 yards. Two plays after that, he beat the man-to-man coverage of safety Darius Butler on a post route for another 19 yards. Finally, with the 49ers facing 4th-and-goal, Shanahan dialed Kittle's number again, this time on a quick slant out of the slot, which he caught before muscling his way into the end zone.

2017 Week 4 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

All of Kittle's yardage came in a two-minute span overlapping halftime. To start San Francisco's last drive of the first half, Kittle sat down in Arizona's short left zone and caught an easy pitch-and-catch for 14 yards. On the second play of the second half, he benefitted from a blown coverage by safety Tyvon Branch, who bit so hard on San Francisco's play-action fake that he appeared to neglect his man-to-man responsibility.

2017 Week 3 vs LAR (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Kittle caught one pass, but one of his two incompletions had more of an impact on the game's outcome. Specifically, with the 49ers down 17-7 and at the Rams' 20-yard line early in the second quarter, Kittle easily beat linebacker Mark Barron towards the inside on a slant, but dropped a pass that would have been a walk-in touchdown. (San Francisco ended up settling for a field goal.)

2017 Week 2 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Both of Kittle's targets came in the first half. His first target was a dumpoff as a safety valve on the weak side of the formation. It went for negative yardage because Seattle's front seven sniffed out the deception. They didn't, however, sniff out the deception on Kittle's second target, which came on a quick toss off of play action. The 49ers were in an left offset-I formation with Kittle on the right (weak) side of the line. His quick inside route found the gap between two Seattle defenders., and so he was able to gain 14 yards mostly unabated.

2017 Week 1 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

Kittle was a surprise active after being listed as questionable a hamstring injury. He got a handful of short receptions where the 49ers were asking him to beat the first tackler to create a larger play and he couldn't. Still, his role size was encouraging for a rookie and as he gets healthier, he could approach fantasy relevance in deeper leagues.


Latest News

49ers | Week 10 Inactives (Sun Nov 12, 03:04 PM) - The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Aaron Lynch, OT Darrell Williams Jr., LB Elijah Lee, TE George Kittle, LB Pita Taumoepenu, DE Solomon Thomas, WR Trent Taylor inactive for Week 10.

49ers | San Fran injury report for Friday (Fri Nov 10, 05:32 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle), LB Elijah Lee (knee) and WR Trent Taylor (ribs) did not practice Friday, Nov. 10, while DL Aaron Lynch (calf) was a limited participant. All four players have been ruled out for Week 10 against the New York Giants. DE Solomon Thomas (knee) and CB K'Waun Williams (quadriceps) were limited in practice and are considered questionable. LB Brock Coyle (shoulder), LB Elvis Dumervil (rest), LB Reuben Foster (ribs), OG Brandon Fusco (biceps), CB Dontae Johnson (shoulder), DL D.J. Jones (knee), FB Kyle Juszczyk (neck), LB Mark Nzeocha (neck), S Eric Reid (knee) and OT Joe Staley (eye) practiced in full and were removed from the injury report.

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49ers | Thursday's 49ers practice report (Thu Nov 9, 08:27 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Trent Taylor (ribs), LB Elijah Lee (knee) and TE George Kittle (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 9. OG Brandon Fusco (biceps), FB Kyle Juszczyk (neck), DEs Aaron Lynch (calf), Solomon Thomas (knee), CB K'Waun Williams (quadricep), OT Joe Staley (eye) and LB Mark Nzeocha (neck) were limited participants, while LBs Brock Coyle (shoulder), Reuben Foster (ribs), DE Elvis Dumervil (non-injury), S Eric Reid (knee), CB Dontae Johnson (shoulder) and DT D.J. Jones (knee, shoulder) all practiced in full.

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49ers | San Fran practice report for Wednesday (Wed Nov 8, 07:10 PM) - San Francisco 49ers DE Elvis Dumervil (rest), TE George Kittle (ankle), LB Elijah Lee (knee) and WR Trent Taylor (ribs) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 8. OG Brandon Fusco (biceps), OT D.J. Jones (knee), FB Kyle Juszczyk (neck), DE Aaron Lynch (calf), LB Mark Nzeocha (neck), OT Joe Staley (eye), DE Solomon Thomas (knee) and CB K'Waun Williams (quadriceps) were limited participants, while LB Brock Coyle (shoulder), LB Reuben Foster (ribs), CB Dontae Johnson (shoulder) and S Eric Reid (knee) were full participants.

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