|Date of Birth:||10/09/1993|
|Drafted:||2017 | Round 4 | Pick 146|
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George Kittle (knee) is practicing fully.
Kittle is set to return on Sunday night against the Eagles after a two-game absence, and he will immediately be back in consideration as the top fantasy play at tight end. Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) potentially being out again wouldn't really impact Kittle's outlook because of the numbers he's produced with Nick Mullens under center in previous years.
George Kittle (knee) has been ruled out for Week 3.
Kittle was able to practice this week and was looking like a potential game-time decision, but the Niners are playing it safe with the All-Pro tight end. San Francisco is dealing with a mind-blowing number of injuries as they look to get a win over the Giants this Sunday. Kittle is expected to return in Week 4.
George Kittle (knee) officially remains limited in practice.
Kittle remains up in the air for Week 3 against the Giants, and his status might not be known until he tests out the turf at MetLife Field on Sunday. Kittle will likely be listed as questionable when the final injury report of the week is released tomorrow.
George Kittle (knee) will practice on a limited basis today.
A practice to start the week is a good sign for Kittle, but keep in mind the Niners are playing this Sunday on the same turf they complained about following multiple leg injuries last week. Kittle would probably do well to be listed as questionable on Friday.
George Kittle (knee) has been ruled out for Week 2.
All week, the word had been that Kittle would be a game-time call, but it turns out that isn’t the case. The 49ers will now start Jordan Reed at tight end, and you could make an argument for him as a top-20 option with the team banged up offensively. Also, Brandon Aiyuk should have a significant role in his career debut.
George Kittle (knee) will not practice this week.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says there's a chance Kittle does some stuff on Friday, but the All-Pro tight end is getting the week to rest with the hopes that he'll be ready to go on Sunday. We'll let you know how Kittle is listed on the final Week 2 injury report when it's released at the end of the week, but he'll likely be questionable and a game-time call.
George Kittle is dealing with a knee sprain.
So it's more than just a hyperextension suffered in yesterday's season opener against the Cardinals, which Kittle toughed out after missing a short period of time in the game. Kittle has played through injuries in the past, and the Niners will see how he looks in practice throughout the week leading up to Week 2 against the Jets.
George Kittle has hamstring tightness.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says there’s no strain, just tightness, so it doesn’t sound like a big deal. Kittle tends to play through minor injuries, and his Week 1 status is in little doubt. However, this situation is something to keep in mind for a player going early in fantasy drafts.
The 49ers are signing George Kittle to a record-breaking contract extension.
It's a five-year extension worth $75 million, according to NFL Network. This was probably a relatively difficult deal to get done because Kittle is such an impactful player that plays a position that ordinarily would not command close to this much money, but the Niners undoubtedly wanted to keep one of the best overall players in the league and an exceptional team leader on the roster for years. The new deal does not change anything about Kittle’s game or 2020 fantasy value, as the former fifth-round pick always gives maximum effort as a blocker, receiver, and ball-carrier. San Francisco is obviously expecting huge production from Kittle to continue for the next several years, and he’s the No. 1 tight end to own in dynasty leagues.
George Kittle is officially off the injury report for the NFC Championship Game.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said earlier today that everyone would be "full-go" for Sunday against the Packers, and no players are listed on the official injury report ahead of the weekend. Kittle's ankle appears to be a non-issue, and the All-Pro tight end should be a huge factor with a Super Bowl berth on the line.
George Kittle (ankle) officially did not practice today.
Kittle probably isn't 100% while dealing with his ankle issue, but there is no way he'll miss the NFC Championship. Expect Kittle to get back on the practice field tomorrow or Friday.
George Kittle (knee, ankle) is officially active for Sunday night.
Things were trending in this direction after Kittle was able to hit the practice field at the end of the week, and the All-Pro tight end is officially active for a huge Sunday night matchup against the Packers. Kittle reportedly suffered a broken bone in his ankle when he was injured on Halloween, but he's toughing it out after missing just two games. Kittle is probably at less than 100%, but he should still be in fantasy lineups as a top-tier TE1.
George Kittle (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night.
Kittle was able to get back on the practice field yesterday, and he looks to be in good shape for Sunday night against the Packers. The All-Pro tight end really wants to play in a critical game, but it ultimately won’t be totally up to him whether he suits up for the Week 12 matchup. Just be sure to have a backup plan from the Sunday night or Monday game, but you should be able to put Kittle in your lineup this week.
George Kittle (knee, ankle) was officially limited in today’s practice.
Kittle looked really good in practice based off video from reporters, and he appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday night against the Packers. This is his first appearance on the practice field since suffering his knee injury on Halloween night. It would be a good sign if Kittle is able to draw a questionable tag on the final Week 12 injury report tomorrow.
George Kittle (knee) will not practice today.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says it's again going to come down to the wire for Kittle this week. The bad news for fantasy owners is that the Niners do not kickoff until Sunday night, making lineup decisions more difficult. Ideally, Kittle will be able to hit the practice field tomorrow or Friday so that we can feel better about his Week 12 status.
George Kittle (knee, ankle) is officially inactive against the Cardinals.
Kittle was listed as doubtful entering the weekend and was basically ruled out earlier in the week, and the All-Pro tight end is indeed out for his second consecutive game. Against a Cardinals team giving up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, Ross Dwelley is in the TE2 mix. Kittle remains week-to-week with this somewhat mysterious knee injury suffered on Halloween.
George Kittle (knee, ankle) is officially doubtful for Week 11.
Kyle Shanahan basically said Kittle won't play but that the team is not going to rule him out because the All-Pro tight end always pushes to play. Expect Kittle to be ruled out on Sunday as he gets set to miss his second consecutive game with the knee injury suffered a couple of weeks ago.
George Kittle (knee, ankle) is not officially ruled out for Week 11.
The 49ers say that head coach Kyle Shanahan misspoke on a conference call with Arizona reporters last night when he said that the team won't have Kittle this Sunday, as he meant that it is unlikely the All-Pro tight end plays. Shanahan did previously say they would not rule Kittle out earlier in the week because he always pushes to play, so this makes sense. Consider Kittle on the doubtful side of things, but he shouldn't be counted out entirely.
George Kittle (knee, ankle) will not play against the Cardinals.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said this on a conference call with Arizona reporters, which is a bit of a surprise considering he said earlier today that the team wouldn't rule out Kittle early in the week because he always pushes to play. Kittle will miss his second game in a row, but while being ruled out this early in the week might be a bad sign for his Week 12 status, fantasy owners can probably hold out hope that the Niners are just keeping healthy for a big Sunday night matchup against the Packers. The All-Pro tight end had reportedly been pushing to play even last week, so it sounds like the Niners are holding him out so that he can get closer to full strength. Kittle being out again is obviously a big loss for both his real life team and for fantasy owners.
George Kittle (knee/ankle) is officially inactive for Monday night.
Kittle was listed as doubtful entering tonight, so this was expected. The good news is that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was hoping Kittle might be able to heal enough to play against the Seahawks, so that could bode well for his status for Week 11. Those that were waiting and hoping Kittle would be active despite the doubtful tag are basically down to Jacob Hollister or Ross Dwelley for their tight end spot in lineups.
George Kittle (knee/ankle) is doubtful for Monday night.
Kittle did not practice all week, and it's unlikely he faces the Seahawks in a couple of nights. While the star tight end was able to finish the last game after suffering the knee/ankle injury, he's obviously not at 100%. The undefeated Niners should have an eye toward the postseason, and they aren't going to risk Kittle even in a critical NFC West matchup. At least Kittle being listed as doubtful could indicate the team is hopeful this injury isn't one that'll keep him out for much longer. Expect Kittle to be ruled out ahead of kickoff on Monday night, and fantasy owners should probably go with an option from tomorrow game for their tight end spot in Week 10 lineups.
George Kittle (knee/ankle) officially did not practice today.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said yesterday that Kittle was day-to-day, but two consecutive missed practices the past two days is not a great sign for his Monday night status. Hopefully Kittle can hit the practice field tomorrow, but we'll let you know how he's listed on the final Week 10 injury report when it's released.
George Kittle's "knee is good" after MRI, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
This was the expectation after Kittle was able to return to last night's game against the 49ers—scoring a monstrous touchdown that included a great stiff arm—but it's still great to hear. Kittle did miss some snaps toward the end of last night's win, and he's probably not quite 100%, but we do not expect that he'll miss a huge Week 10 matchup with the Seahawks.
George Kittle has returned for the 49ers.
It seems Kittle did fortunately just suffer a hyperextension of some sort, and he is back out there after missing just a couple of plays. The All-Pro tight end is looking to have a big night against a Cardinals team giving up the most fantasy points to his position this season.
George Kittle leaves game with apparent knee injury.
On the first offensive play of the game for the 49ers, Kittle took a helmet from Terrell Suggs right to the knee, and it did not look good. The star tight end left the field under his own power, though, and he's currently walking it out and is stretching on the sidelines; hopefully it's just a hyperextension, but we'll update you when more information becomes available.
George Kittle (groin) is officially active against the Rams.
Kittle popped up on the Week 6 injury report with a groin issue, but he’s good to go for the 49ers. There’s reportedly concern that Kittle might not be able to finish the game, but we wouldn’t keep him out of fantasy lineups. He can still be treated as an elite TE1.
George Kittle (groin) is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan says that Kittle is expected to play, but fantasy owners would be wise to at least have a backup plan in mind should he be a surprise inactive for the late afternoon game. Assuming he plays, Kittle is a clear top-two option along with Travis Kelce.
George Kittle explodes in Week 17.
Kittle caught nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Rams, breaking Rob Gronkowski's single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end (1,327 yards). The record was actually broken by Travis Kelce (1,336 yards) a bit earlier in the day, but then Kittle broke it with his big performance. Kittle's score, which broke the record, came on a 43-yarder after he caught an out route and showed his great speed while zooming through the defense on his way to the end zone. The Niners clearly really wanted to get Kittle the record, but it's not like he didn't deserve it after a monstrous breakout season. The second-year tight end finished as the No. 2 fantasy tight end in standard scoring leagues, racking up 1,377 yards and five touchdowns on 88 receptions. At least yardage wise, Kittle might take a step back next season, but he will be an elite TE1 in 2019 fantasy drafts.
George Kittle leads the Niners in Week 16 receiving.
Kittle caught seven passes (on 12 targets) for 74 yards, including a long of 35 yards, against the Bears. This was a solid showing against a tough defense, but he’ll look to have an even bigger game to end the regular season when he faces a Rams team he had a 5/98/1 line against back in Week 7.
George Kittle caught three passes for 51 yards in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
Kittle should have had another monster day, but Nick Mullens missed him on a couple would-be chunk gains behind the defense, including a probable touchdown. Still, Kittle continues to put up big-time numbers in his second season, and he's now up to a 72/1,154/4 line with two weeks to go. The 25-year-old should be featured next week as San Francisco looks to upset Chicago, and he remains a no-doubt top-five play.
George Kittle explodes with monstrous first half in Niners' win.
Kittle had one of the best halves of football you will see, catching seven passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. The score was an 85-yarder on a corner route where he was wide-open after a blown assignment and went untouched to the end zone while showing his excellent speed. Earlier, he had another long reception that he nearly took all the way after breaking some tackles, but he was just tripped up by the last defender. The Broncos made adjustments and didn't allow any receptions to Kittle in the second half, but his first half was more than enough for fantasy owners. His 210 yards are the third most by a tight end of all-time, and he crossed both the 1,000-yard and 1,100-yard marks for the season in the game. His 1,103 yards are the most by a tight end in Niners history, and he's pushing Travis Kelce (1,159 yards) for the most yards at the position this season. Kittle is making a push for Rob Gronkowski's single-season record for yardage by a tight end (1,327), and he'll remain one of the top TE1 options for the second week of the fantasy playoffs against the Seahawks in Week 15.
George Kittle caught six passes for 70 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
Kittle saw a team-high nine targets on a day where Nick Mullens threw for 414 yards, but Seattle did a nice job holding them to 16 points. Still, now just 107 yards away from a 1,000-yard season, Kittle remains a high-end TE1 for next week's matchup against the Broncos, who have been vulnerable to opposing tight ends under Vance Joseph.
George Kittle gets 12 targets against the Buccaneers.
Kittle's 12 targets were a team-high, but he and Nick Mullens couldn't connect much. He caught six passes for 48 yards and added one carry for ten yards in the Week 12 loss. This was a relatively disappointing performance in a great matchup, but Kittle will look to bounce back next week against the Seahawks. The 12 targets are a major positive, at least.
George Kittle catches nine passes in Week 10.
The second-year tight end's nine receptions were a career-high, and he gained 83 yards with a long reception of 22 yards. Kittle was targeted ten times in the game, so it was an efficient performance where he was again the No. 1 receiver for the Niners. San Francisco has a bye next week, so you'll have to wait for Week 12 to get Kittle locked into fantasy lineups as the usual great TE1 option he's been this season.
George Kittle breaks another long gain with a touchdown in Niners' win.
Kittle continues his breakout campaign, putting in a big performance on just four targets against the Raiders, catching four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. The second-year tight end's highlight was a one-handed grab in traffic over the middle, which he then took for a 71-yard gain (after getting through very poor tackling at the point-of-catch) before getting tackled just a few yards short of the end zone. He then followed it up with a wide-open touchdown off a play-action fake to cap that drive. Kittle will obviously be a great TE1 option when he faces the Giants in a couple of Mondays.
George Kittle has returned to the game for the Niners.
Kittle went to the locker room to get checked out, but he's good and is back in the game midway through the second quarter.
George Kittle leaves game with apparent rib injury.
Kittle took a hit on a 15-yard screen pass and was down on a knee before going to the sideline. The replay didn't appear to show Kittle taking a big hit, but he looks to be in discomfort while getting looked at by trainers. Hopefully the injury isn't too bad so he can get back in the game, but we'll update you when more information becomes available.
George Kittle catches five passes against the Cardinals.
Kittle gained 57 yards on his five receptions in the Niners' Week 8 loss. The second-year tight end has at least five receptions and 50 yards in six of his first eight games this season, and he's on pace for an awesome 74/1,168/4 line at the midway point in the season. Kittle remains an excellent TE1 option on Thursday night against a Raiders team that just gave up three touchdowns to Colts tight ends.
George Kittle scores in Niners' loss.
Kittle was targeted a team-high eight times against the Rams, catching five passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. The score came at the end of the first half on a play where Kittle caught the ball right at the front of the goal line; it was initially ruled short of the goal line, but it was overturned after a review deemed he was indeed in the end zone with possession of the football. He also had a 35-yard gain in the game. The second-year tight end continues to be a beast this season, and he's an excellent TE1 option in Week 8 against a Cardinals team he had a 5/83 line against earlier this season.
George Kittle catches four passes in Niners' loss.
Kittle gained 30 yards on his four receptions (six targets) versus Green Bay. C.J. Beathard and Kittle nearly connected on a big third-down late in the game, but the pass to the flat was slightly overthrown while Beathard was under pressure. The good news is Kittle played a full slate of snaps despite dealing with a knee injury coming in, so the injury isn't really a concern right now. Kittle will look to have a bigger game in Week 7 against the Rams, and he remains a strong TE1 option in fantasy lineups.
George Kittle (knee) is officially active for Week 6.
Kittle was limited in practice during the week, but he’s ready to go tonight against the Packers. It’ll be interesting to see if Kittle is at all limited because of his knee injury, but he can be locked into fantasy lineups as an excellent TE1 option.
George Kittle (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Kittle was limited in practice all week. There’s optimism about his status for Monday night, but you’ll need a backup plan for your fantasy lineup in case Kittle is inactive.
George Kittle (knee) remains limited in practice.
Kittle is trending towards being listed as questionable when the official injury report for Monday's game is released tomorrow, but he should be ready to go against the Packers. We'll see if tomorrow gives more clarity on the situation, and a full practice would be an excellent sign.
George Kittle (knee) was limited in today's practice.
A limited practice in the first official practice of the week is a positive sign for the second-year tight end. We anticipate he'll be ready to go for Monday night against Green Bay, but we'll track his status the next two days.
George Kittle leads the Niners in Week 5 receiving.
Kittle was targeted seven times against the Cardinals, catching five passes for 83 yards in the loss—but he had a drop on a two-point conversion. The second-year tight end had a long reception of 45 yards, and he's had a reception of at least 23 yards in four of the first five games of the season. Kittle is basically San Francisco's number one receiver, and he's a strong TE1 option for Week 6 against the Packers.
George Kittle explodes for 125 yards and a score against the Chargers.
The Chargers were the No. 1 team against opposing tight ends coming into the Week 4 matchup, but Kittle had his best game of the season to this point, catching six-of-eight targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. The score was an 82-yarder in which Kittle caught a pass down the seam and turned on the jets for six. Through four games, Kittle is on pace for a 72/1,264/4 line. While the long touchdown obviously gave that pace a big boost, Kittle is basically San Francisco's No. 1 receiver on offense. Kittle is arguably the top fantasy tight end behind Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, and Zach Ertz.
George Kittle leads Niners in Week 3 receiving.
Kittle was targeted a team-high seven times against the Chiefs, catching five passes for 79 yards. It would've been a bigger day if not for a phantom offensive pass interference call wiping out a would-be touchdown. Jimmy Garoppolo unfortunately appears to be done for the season with a knee injury, but Kittle has a good connection with backup C.J. Beathard, as the two were teammates together in Iowa. The wiped-out touchdown was thrown by Beathard.
George Kittle held in check as Niners top the Lions.
Kittle caught two passes for 22 yards in the 30-27 victory. Detroit did a nice job taking away the second-year tight end after an impressive performance in the opener, but fantasy owners who are disappointed shouldn't jump off the bandwagon with a game against the Chiefs—who just allowed Jesse James to go for 5/138/1—on deck. Kittle remains a solid TE1 play.
George Kittle leads Niners in Week 1 receiving.
Kittle drew a team-high nine targets from Jimmy Garoppolo, catching five passes for 90 yards. The second-year tight end had a brace on his previously-injured shoulder, but he didn't show any limitations after missing most of the summer with the injury. Kittle could have had a bigger game if not for a couple of misses on deep balls between him and Garoppolo, including one that went off his hands. Overall, the Week 1 performance is very promising, as Garoppolo clearly likes throwing to his big tight end. Kittle is a TE1 option for Week 2 against the Lions.
George Kittle (shoulder) is "all systems go" for Week 1.
Kittle basically missed the entire summer after suffering the shoulder injury in the first week of the preseason, but as promised, he's ready to go for Week 1. The second-year tight end has obvious TE1 upside this season as one of Jimmy Garoppolo's primary targets.
George Kittle (shoulder) is expected to be out until Week 1.
It's the same timeline as teammate Matt Breida, who has a similar injury. The shoulder injury isn't too serious, but it's a separated shoulder that should keep him out for the rest of the preseason. This takes some of the momentum out of the breakout hype for Kittle, but he'll still offer TE1 upside at the end of fantasy drafts. He's likely to be on the field in Week 1 versus the Vikings.
George Kittle's shoulder injury is not serious, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says there are no "no tears or structural damage" to Kittle's shoulder; however, Rapoport did call it a separated shoulder, which could potentially force him to miss a few weeks. The Niners might give a clear update on the expected recovery timeline for the second-year tight end, but it sounds like he could potentially be ready to go for Week 1.
George Kittle left Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys with a shoulder injury.
The second-year tight end was targeted on a deep ball and got piled up on by a couple defenders. He went to the sidelines and received medical attention, but hopefully it’s nothing serious. Kittle should be a big part of the offense this season and is currently being drafted as a borderline TE1 option.
Joe Fann of 49ers.com thinks George Kittle could be an X-factor for the Niners offense this season.
As a fifth-round rookie last season, the big and fast tight end caught 43 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns, and he ended the year on a high note with a 100-yard game in Week 17. Kittle did battle injuries throughout the year, with a hamstring issue throughout raining camp, and a midseason high-ankle sprain that he toughed out. But he's healthy now, and he's had a full offseason with Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense. Kittle probably doesn't offer top-five TE upside in fantasy leagues, but he could become a low-end TE1 option in 2018.
George Kittle has first career 100-yard game in win over the Rams.
Kittle caught four passes for 100 yards in the season finale, giving the rookie 43 receptions for 515 yards and two touchdowns this year. The Iowa product came on strong with Jimmy Garoppolo, and he has some upside with the former Patriot throwing him the ball in 2018. Kittle will be worth a look at the end of fantasy drafts next summer.
George Kittle scores in 49ers' win.
Kittle caught all three targets against the Jags, gaining 42 yards with the touchdown. The score came on a curl route right in the middle of the field at the goal line, and he turned and got up the field for a touchdown. Kittle is someone to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues.
George Kittle caught four passes for 52 yards in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Kittle had been quiet over the past two months, but he was able to make plays along with fellow tight end Garrett Celek against Tennessee. The rookie is just a dynasty league prospect and shouldn't be owned in redraft leagues.
George Kittle catches both targets in Week 14.
Kittle gained ten yards on his two receptions in the win over the Texans. The rookie tight end is just a dynasty league hold for the moment.
George Kittle catches two passes in Week 13.
The young tight end gained 20 yards on his two receptions (three targets), and he nearly had a touchdown on a nice leaping catch off a dime from Jimmy Garoppolo to the end zone, but he couldn't get his feet in bounds in the end zone. Kittle is only recommended in dynasty leagues right now.
George Kittle catches one pass in Week 12.
Kittle gained 14 yards on his lone reception (two targets) in his return from a one-game absence because of an ankle injury. Kittle isn't a fantasy option at the moment.
George Kittle caught three passes for 27 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Kittle hasn't been able to do much with C.J. Beathard under center, but perhaps things will change if Jimmy Garoppolo makes starts soon. Still, he should be on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.
George Kittle caught two passes for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Kittle had a 22-yard reception and a zero-yard reception. On pace for a 48/500/2 line through eight games, the rookie can remain on the waiver wire.
George Kittle held to one reception in Week 7 loss.
It went for 16 yards. Kittle gets a difficult matchup with Philadelphia next week, so he's not a recommended fantasy option. He should be on the waiver wire in redraft leagues.
George Kittle gets eight targets in 49ers' loss.
The rookie tight end continues to get a good amount of playing time, as he caught four passes for 46 yards against the Redskins. Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard seems to have a good connection with Kittle and isn't afraid to let it rip down the seams to his tight ends. Kittle gets the Cowboys next week.
George Kittle breaks out in Week 5.
The rookie tight end had struggled at times this season, but he had an excellent game against the Colts, catching seven of nine targets for 83 yards and a touchdown. He had a long of 27 yards, and the touchdown came on a five-yard slant route that sent the game to overtime. Kittle appears to be getting better, and he's worth a look if you need help at tight end.
George Kittle caught two passes for 35 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Kittle has caught ten passes through four weeks, but for just 83 yards. He can stay on the waiver wire heading into the team's Week 5 matchup with the Colts.
George Kittle catches one pass in Week 3.
Kittle caught one of three targets for eight yards, and he did have a drop on a perfect pass over the middle. The rookie tight end was visibly frustrated after the drop, so hopefully it doesn't become something that gets in his head. He plays the Cardinals in Week 4.
George Kittle catches both targets in Week 2.
The rookie tight end picked up 13 yards on his two receptions. He'll look to do more damage on Thursday against the Rams, but he's not a good fantasy option quite yet.
George Kittle catches five passes in Week 1.
The rookie tight end had 27 yards on his five receptions (six targets) against Carolina. He's the clear number one tight end with San Fran, but there are probably better fantasy options than him in your lineup right now.
George Kittle bulldozes his way to 29-yard touchdown.
Kittle caught three passes for 33 yards, and the touchdown connection came on a pass from college teammate C.J. Beathard, as Kittle trucked a defender and sprinted into the end zone. The rookie tight end is a name to watch in dynasty leagues, but he probably won't have much redraft value in 2017.
Niners GM John Lynch is impressed with rookie tight end George Kittle.
Kittle was a fifth round pick out of Iowa and is 6'4", 247 pounds, with very good athleticism (he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash with a 35" vertical and an 11-foot broad jump). Lynch was on KNBR radio and said Kittle is someone that "really flashed" and "exceeded expectations" during offseason training. "George gives us something we don’t have as a playmaker down in the red zone. He is that guy who can win 1-on-1. He can impose his will and out-athlete people," Lynch said during the interview, according to Joe Fann of 49ers.com. Despite just receiving a contract extension at the end of last season, incumbent starting tight end Vance McDonald is no lock to start for the Niners this season. Kittle is someone to keep an eye on, especially in dynasty leagues.
The 49ers select Iowa TE George Kittle in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Kittle could step into a nice situation on a talent-deficient team, especially if the Niners end up dealing Vance McDonald. GM John Lynch certainly believes in Kittle's upside after running a 4.52 40-yard dash with a 132-inch broad jump. Kittle will struggle to make an immediate impact as a rookie, but his tools give him nice appeal in dynasty leagues.