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TE George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 22): Even when the entire 49ers offense is faltering around him Kittle, has been a strong weekly play at tight end. He even found a way to score on a short pass this week.

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
4 at LAC 50 6 125 1 0 18.5
5 vs ARI 87 5 83 0 0 8.3
6 at GB 53 4 30 0 0 3
7 vs LAR 52 5 98 1 0 15.8
8 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *

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

2018 Week 7 vs LAR (8 / 5 / 98 / 1 rec)

Two-thirds of Kittle's receiving yardage (67 of 98) and three-quarters of his PPR points (15.7 of 20.8) came during a two-minute drill with San Francisco down 22-0 at the end of the first half. His touchdown that culminated said drive was an impressive display of individual skill, using one arm/hand/torso to secure a catch against the tight quarters red-zone coverage of cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. The other two receptions in this span were much more of the "wide open catch-and-run" variety, both of which also came against zone coverage. The first involved a dig route across the middle in which linebacker Cory Littleton passed Kittle off to no one. The second involved the West Coast offense staple of a tight end lined up on the strong side of the formation running a shallow crossing route coupled with a quarterback bootlegging off of play action (i.e., what any 49ers fan would recognize immediately as "the Brent Jones" play from back in the Halcyon days).

2018 Week 6 vs GB (6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)

Given how much zone defense Green Bay played, especially during the first half, it's odd that Kittle had his least productive game in weeks. Further inspection of the coaches' film reveals two main reasons: 1) Other receivers were wide open early in their routes, so Beathard went there instead; and 2) Kittle was simply not open all that often because Green Bay often covered him with multiple defenders. The one time he was wide open (uncovered really), Beathard overthrew Kittle in the right flat because he had to elevate his pass above the outstretched arms of Clay Matthews.

2018 Week 5 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)

Kittle did all of his damage against Arizona's zone defense. Despite a relatively quiet day from a target perspective, he had San Francisco's longest gain of the game. It was basically the same play that resulted in one of his earlier short receptions, a tight end screen. Lined up in the backfield, he simply sat down in the Cardinals' short middle zone. Two San Francisco offensive linemen shed their blocks and got out in front him. From there, Kittle showed off his speed once again, running by several defenders like they were standing still. A key downfield block from Trent Taylor then turned a 35-yard gain into a 45-yard gain, which the 49ers desperately needed at the time.

2018 Week 4 vs LAC (8 / 6 / 125 / 1 rec)

Kittle was thrown to early and often per the 49ers game plan, seeing six of his eight targets while they were building a lead in the first half. His most spectacular play, however, came late in the third quarter, when he scored an 82-yard touchdown to get San Francisco back within two points after blowing said lead in rapid fashion. The route, a post-corner-post route, was spectacular, as it left him completely uncovered in the deep seam. More spectacular, though, was his 60 yards of running after the catch, wherein he actually beat both cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Jahleel Addae in a foot race. And it wasn't even close.

2018 Week 3 vs KC (7 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)

Although he dropped the pass wide open across the middle of the field, Kittle's busy day was foreshadowed on the 49ers first play from scrimmage. His longest gain came on a backside underneath route that's a staple of the West Coast offense. As designed, he was completely uncovered, hauled in the short pass, and picked up 25 yards after the catch. But his most impressive play of the game only went for 15 yards. It came on 3rd-and-16, which allowed the 49ers to convert on 4th-and-short, thereby extending a drive that kept the score within reach. On the play, Kittle leaked out into the flat after pass-blocking, caught the dumpoff 9 yards short of the sticks, made a tackler miss, and then bowled over four more.

2018 Week 2 vs DET (4 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Kittle's target count is a tad misleading because he drew holding/contact penalties on two additional passes thrown his way that don't count as a target in the box score. He also drew another holding penalty on a target that went elsewhere (and was intercepted). Viewing the All-22 coaches' film reveals several additional holding/contact fouls that were not called. When Kittle was able to use his hands for something other than extricating himself from the clutches of Lions defenders, his two receptions involved hands-only catches. One was on a post route where he reached back and snatched a pass that was thrown behind him. Speaking of errant passes, Jimmy Garoppolo air-mailed a wide open throw to Kittle over the middle that would have easily led to a 20-yard catch and run, if not more.

2018 Week 1 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec)

As was predicted in this space during the Preseason Week 3 recap, Kittle was on the field for over 75 percent of San Francisco's offensive plays. He was targeted early and often, but especially when the 49ers found themselves trailing by one score or more. Down 10-0 in the second quarter, Shanahan called Kittle's number on consecutive plays for a total of 31 yards. On the next drive, down 10-3, Kittle had gains of 23 and 9 yards, the latter of which came on a nifty play design in the red zone that sent Alfred Morris (of all players) outside to wide receiver.

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Latest News

49ers | George Kittle flirts with century mark (Sun Oct 21, 11:43 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle rolled up five receptions for a game-high 98 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the Week 7 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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49ers | George Kittle on track to play (Fri Oct 19, 05:29 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 19, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

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49ers | Another limited practice for George Kittle (Thu Oct 18, 08:16 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 18.

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49ers | George Kittle limited (Wed Oct 17, 08:05 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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49ers | George Kittle limited to 30 yards (Mon Oct 15, 11:42 PM) - San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle managed just four grabs for 30 yards on six targets in the Week 6 game against the Green Bay Packers on Monday, Oct. 15.

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Schedule

8@ Arizona Cardinals
9vs Oakland Raiders
10vs New York Giants
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14vs Denver Broncos
15vs Seattle Seahawks
16vs Chicago Bears
17@ Los Angeles Rams