George Kittle

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  1. Don Wassall

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    George was drafted in the fifth round but he's getting lots of positive publicity, considerably more than the far more hyped black TEs taken well ahead of him in the first two rounds. He has a great chance to start as a rookie for a rebuilding 49ers team. This is what John Lynch said about him recently:

    The Niners GM, John Lynch raved about rookie tight end, George Kittle, when he spoke on the local sports radio show in the Bay Area. “He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well... I think George gives us something we don’t have in a playmaker down near the red zone... We feel like George Kittle maybe gives us something where he is that guy, in a one-on-one situation you can flex him out, put him in the middle of the field and he can kind of impose his will and just out-athlete people. That has been extremely positive. We thought that coming in, but he probably exceeded our expectations.” (KNBR 680)

    Here's his Combine workout, where he ran a sizzling 4.52 40, broad jumped 11 feet and had a 35" vertical:

     
  2. celticdb15

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    Stellar athlete and the best blocking TE in this class IMO. Coming from a pro style system in college I'd say the49ers nabbed themselves a very quality value pick later in the draft. Looking forward to Kittle and Taylor this fall!
     
  3. Leonardfan

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    Remember this last year's draft was the deepest in history for tight ends with Kittle not even being considered more than an afterthought in the class lol.

    Kittle will probably be the best TE in this overrated coal black group.
     
  4. McCaffrey Dude

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    He will burn black defensive schemes like " Kittles and Bits ".
     
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    Facially Kittle reminds me of Heath Evans. Looks like he could be a good one. Hope he isn't just a work-out warrior. Can't wait to see. Another reason to start watching the niners again.
     
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    Slowly the niners are becoming a team that I could watch again. I loved watching them in the Joe Montana and Steve Young days. Especially with Steve Young as he was one hell of an athlete. He was a true dual threat!
     
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    Kittle didn't put up amazing stats at Iowa (734 yards over 4 seasons), but he was a backup TE for much of his career and missed several games due to injury.

    The speed he exhibits against much smaller (black) DB's reminds me of Travis Kelce...

     
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    oh my a guy that big, so very fast and has amazingly quick feet, would not want to be the guy 1 on 1 with him. 4.52 40 is only .04 slower than CM and similar abilities to cut...wow! The Negros in the NFL are not gonna be happy lol
     
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    They were pretty sly the way they bided their time picking Kittle and Taylor, knowing they would most likely still be there in later rounds as even the Patriots can be counted on to draft like Caste clowns every year.
     
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    There is a very real possibility they drafted 2 thousand yard receivers in the same draft, both in later rounds. How many teams will be able to claim that in 5 years? Many would think so with their "upsiders" but they'll be wrong.
     
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    Found this in an article about the 49ers. BTW, the article is about five 49ers who will have breakout years in '18. Three of the five are George Kittle, Trent Taylor and Jimmy G.

    Regarding Kittle:

    Our own Chris Wilson broke down just how historic Kittle’s first year at the pro level was. Take a look:

    Kittle finished the 2017 season with 43 receptions and 515 receiving yards — more than any tight end, drafted in the fifth round or later, in the history of the league.

    Many proclaimed the 2017 NFL Draft to have the best tight end class in the history of the NFL, with three tight ends selected in the first round, and two more in the second. A total of eight tight ends were selected before Kittle, yet Kittle ended the season with more receptions and receiving yards than all but one of them.


    The 6-foot-4 Iowa product had just two games in which he posted more than 40 receiving yards prior to Jimmy Garoppolo taking over at quarterback in Week 11.

    Kittle had three after that, including a 100-yard contest to wrap up the season in Week 17.


    https://ninernoise.com/2018/01/14/49ers-5-players-line-breakout-year-2018/
     
  14. RTTAS

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    I was very happy with how Kittle played as a rookie, he’s extremely athletic for a big guy and it has showed up in his production so far. First round TE OJ Howard is a bum, as predicted, picked on “upside” alone and was PFF’s lowest graded first round rookie - even below John Ross, who had one touch for twelve yards and a fumble. David Njoku was also trash, while Evan Engram benefited hugely from staying healthy while the rest of the giants’ pass catchers were getting hurt every day, which was the reason why he had more production than Kittle. Engram also graded very poorly via PFF.

    Kittle and Garrett Celek made a great combo, hopefully they continue to develop into great inside weapons for Jimmy G
     
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    Pretty sure that it was only members of this forum who caught onto Kittle while the rest of the "experts" talked about it being the deepest class of TEs in NFL history - funny how after the first season Kittle comes out on top. Looking forward to all the white TEs coming into the league this yea in what really is a historical class of TEs.
     
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    Can a healthy George Kittle have a breakout season for the 49ers?
    With Jimmy Garoppolo at QB, Kittle had 15 catches for 224 yards in the last five weeks of the 2017 season

    by Curtis Pashelka

    49ers tight end George Kittle took steps to add more muscle mass earlier this year in the hopes that it’ll prevent some of the injuries that bothered him throughout his rookie season in 2017.

    . . . Considering Kittle is healthy again, has started to improve his fundamentals and the numbers he put up after Garoppolo became the starting quarterback last season, there’s reason to believe he can have a breakout year.

    . . . Kittle spent the offseason in Nashville training with Beathard and Trent Taylor, and said his biggest priority was getting healthy again and gaining more muscle.

    “Did a lot of activation stuff, band work,” Kittle said. “Just whatever I could to strengthen the small muscles so I don’t get a tweak here, don’t get a tweak there.”

    “He is a tough guy who is going to play through things, but he’s healthy right now,” Shanahan said. “He’s moving great and it’s allowing him to get better in the run and pass. That’ll continue. George has got a lot of ability.”

    full article: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06...-kittle-have-a-breakout-season-for-the-49ers/
     

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