TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

6-4, 247Born: 10-9-1993College: IowaDrafted: Round 5, pick 2017

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Kittle (ankle, knee) is unlikely to play in Week 11

News you need to know

General News (Tue Nov 19): hopefully will be available to play in the Week 12 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CAR 56 6.0 86 0 0 8.6
9 at ARI 51 6.0 79 1 0 13.9
11 vs ARI 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12 vs GB PROJ-Dodds * 5.5 * * * *
12 vs GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0.2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

George Kittle's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs ARI (8 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec)

After taking a direct hit to his knee on San Francisco's first play, Kittle did well simply continuing in the game, let alone having his typical productive performance. Two-thirds of his receiving yardage and his first quarter touchdown came on only two plays. For his touchdown, Kittle beat the press man coverage of safety Budda Baker on a quick slant out of the right slot. He then stiff-armed Baker at the 10-yard line to finish off his run after the catch. In the third quarter, Kittle had a 23-yard catch wherein he beat linebacker Jordan Hicks on a quick slant across the middle. This was one of several times Arizona chose to cover Kittle with a linebacker for some reason.

2019 Week 8 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec)

In what has to be trolling from someone, somewhere, Kittle once again had a touchdown nullified by penalty. Another red zone touchdown was prevented by the pass interference of safety Eric Reid. Later in the game, he beat Reid down the seam for 25 yards. On Kittle's 29-yard first quarter reception, linebacker Shaq Thompson covered him downfield, but then passed him off to a deep defender who was nowhere to be found. The rest of Kittle's yardage came on a couple of tight ends screens, which Kyle Shanahan hadn't used to a significant extent this season.

2019 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

All three of Kittle's catches came on 3rd-and-long, and all three converted first downs. The latter two of these were especially crucial, as they extended both of San Francisco's fourth-quarter scoring drives. There wasn't much more receiving output available than that given the playing conditions. Perhaps that's why Kyle Shanahan introduced a new wrinkle in his Kittle usage; namely, handing the ball off to him? If anything, this just further confirms Kittle's taken over a good portion of the fullback role vacated by Kyle Juszczyk's injury.

2019 Week 6 vs LAR (8 / 8 / 103 / 0 rec)

With Kyle Juszczyk out injured, Kittle lined up in the backfield relatively frequently. His longest reception of the game (45 yards) came out of this presnap alignment, with Kittle faking a lead block in play-action, and (somehow) going completely uncovered into the Rams zone. From there, he stiff-armed one would-be tackler and carried three others down to the 6-yard line a la Mark Bavaro. Kittle also came up big on a second quarter drive that started with the 49ers backed up into the shadow of their own goal posts. In the span of two plays, both Kittle receptions, San Francisco went from 3rd-and-6 from the 5-yard line to 1st-and-10 at the 27.

2019 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 70 / 1 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

Kittle did his usual Kittle things (i.e., being the straw that stirs both the passing game and running game drinks), so let's focus on his 22-yard touchdown catch. It turns out that this was just a blown coverage by safety Morgan Burnett. Cleveland initially lined up in three-deep coverage, but Kyle Juszczyk's presnap shift to slot receiver made Burnett shade towards that side of the field. The problem was that when Juszczyk ran down the seam, Burnett -- for whatever reason -- chose to double-team him with the linebacker instead of covering Kittle, thereby leaving him wide open for the touchdown.

2019 Week 3 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)

Kittle's biggest impact came late in the fourth quarter during San Francisco's game-winning drive. To start things off, he turned what should have been a 4-yard gain into a 9-yard gain by making multiple defenders miss. Later in the drive, he drew a defensive holding penalty on safety Mark Barron that turned a 3rd-and-11 into a 1st-and-goal.

2019 Week 2 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

Kittle had less fantasy production than in Week 1 because a) San Francisco repeatedly exploited his advantage as a run blocker over Cincinnati's outside defenders, and b) he was seemingly priority number one for Cincinnati's safeties regardless of what else was happening on the play. To this latter point, Marquise Goodwin's wide-open, first-quarter touchdown was thanks in part to Jessie Bates III, who was the last line of defense as a single-high safety, biting hard on Kittle's short route across the middle.

2019 Week 1 vs TB (10 / 8 / 54 / 0 rec)

In a sign of what's likely to come this season, Kittle was targeted four times on the 49ers' first drive alone. One of those targets doesn't show up in his stats because it was an 8-yard touchdown nullified by penalty. Then, late in the first half, Kittle had yet another touchdown taken off the scoreboard. Even though it didn't count, this one was Kittle's most impressive play of the game, as he bounced off 214-pound safety Darian Stewart's tackle attempt as if he wasn't even there.


Latest News

49ers | SF hopes George Kittle will be available (Mon Nov 18, 08:03 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) hopefully will be available to play in the Week 12 game, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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49ers | George Kittle officially inactive (Sun Nov 17, 03:10 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 11 game.

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49ers | Week 11 San Francisco 49ers inactives (Sun Nov 17, 02:39 PM) - The San Francisco 49ers have declared LB Azeez Al-Shaair, PK Robbie Gould, OT Joe Staley, QB C.J. Beathard, RB Matt Breida, DT D.J. Jones and TE George Kittle inactive for Week 11.

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49ers | George Kittle won't play in Week 11 (Sun Nov 17, 08:10 AM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) will not play in Week 11's game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source.

Our View: Kittle could return next week against the Packers, but he won't be 100%. He probably has a more significant injury than the 49ers have let on.
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49ers | Doubtful tag for George Kittle (Fri Nov 15, 05:49 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 15, and is listed as doubtful for Week 11.

Our View: Ross Dwelley will get the start in a true test of whether it's a good idea to play any tight end against the Cardinals.
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