Posted: 8/14/2019 3:08 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (calf) is considered day-to-day because of his calf injury. It is not known if he will participate in the joint practices with the Denver Broncos or play in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 19.
Huddle Up: Kittle is one of the main targets in the passing game for the 49ers, so they will take things slow with his recovery. He should be one of the first tight ends selected in all fantasy league.
Posted: 7/11/2019 9:07 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle reminds QB Jimmy Garoppolo a lot of Rob Gronkowski - both on and off the field - according to Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News.
'There are a lot of similarities - on the field and a little bit off the field, too. George is tremendous. The energy he brings every day, how he goes about his business - he's always having fun while he's doing it. Very similar to Gronk, they both enjoy what they do. It makes everything more enjoyable. It's fun to be around, and it's contagious. To have a guy like that makes our team so much closer as well as much better,' Garoppolo said.
Huddle Up: It's particularly notable because Garoppolo has been a teammate of both players. It also helps reduce any of the fear skeptical owners may have had about chemistry issues between the two since Kittle broke out in 2018 after Garoppolo was lost for the season. Kittle very much deserves to be among the top three tight ends taken in fantasy drafts this summer, but owners will need to burn a second-round pick to get him more often than not.
Posted: 7/01/2019 7:07 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle was targeted on 24.4 percent of his snaps in the slot - fifth among tight ends with at least 70 snaps in the slot - according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: It's only natural to expect Kittle's overall numbers to take a hit in 2019, if only because the team added Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd through the draft and will get back Jerick McKinnon back from injury. With that said, the fact San Francisco has more viable threats surrounding Kittle should open the door for him to score more than the five touchdowns he had in 2018. As such, he's still very much a top-three option at tight end in fantasy.
Posted: 6/12/2019 8:06 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 12, because of hip tightness.
Huddle Up: Kittle will be fine for training camp and will continue to be a focal point in the passing game for the 49ers. He should be one of the first tight ends selected in all fantasy drafts.
Posted: 5/09/2019 6:05 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle saw 24.4 percent of his targeted passes when he was lined up in the slot in 2018, and he finished in a tie for fourth among tight ends in yards per route run from there, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: While it speaks to his ability to win from in-line as well as detached from the formation, it's fair to wonder if he will be as productive in 2019 with Dante Pettis as well as second-round pick Deebo Samuel also capable of manning the slot. Of course, Kittle could simply score more than the five touchdowns he did in 2018 to replace the targets he could lose. While there is reason to believe Kittle could fail to replicate his breakout campaign this year, he should still be one of the top three tight ends off the board this summer.
Posted: 4/18/2019 1:04 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle said Wednesday, April 17 that he suffered 'fractured cartilage' early in the Week 9 game in 2018 against the Oakland Raiders, meaning 793 of his 1,377 yards came while injured.
Huddle Up: Imagine what Kittle could do if he were 100 percent healthy and with his regular starting quarterback under center? He'll have tremendous expectations heading into 2019, and he is a must-start fantasy option, but it wouldn't be surprising to actually see him level off a bit, or even take a slight step back. He'll still be a fantasy stud, however.
Posted: 1/18/2019 5:01 pm UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle set a single-season tight end record with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018 and was one of four tight ends to lead their teams in receiving yards. Kittle also paced all tight ends with six receptions of 40-plus yards.
Huddle Up: Kittle was one of the elite fantasy finds/breakouts of 2018 and should join Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz as one of the top three tight ends off the board in re-draft leagues this summer.
Posted: 12/29/2018 3:12 am UTC
Sam Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle is averaging six receptions on 9.3 targets for 92 yards per game since QB Nick Mullens took over as the starter in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Kittle has delivered at least 70 receiving yards in five of the seven games with Mullens under center, and he should end an impressive season on a high note when he faces the Rams in Week 17. Kittle finished with five catches for 98 yards and a score against the Rams earlier this year.
Posted: 12/24/2018 3:12 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle caught seven of his 12 targets for 74 yards in a 14-9 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Even in an ugly showing for the San Francisco offense, Kittle managed to put up a solid line. He's been a lock for 50-plus yards week in and week out.
Posted: 12/17/2018 6:12 am UTC
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle finished with three catches for 51 yards on a team-high eight targets in Week 15 versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: It's a bit of a reality check for owners after he erupted for a career-high 210 yards in Week 14, but Kittle's production this year has been a breath of fresh air at a position that has needed it. He's going to have his hands full in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, but he needs to remain in lineups unless owners also the luxury of starting Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce.