This will happen sooner than later. [32] During a Week 9 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Kittle caught three passes for 27 yards, before leaving the 20–10 loss with a leg injury. [11], Iowa's tight end unit remained crowded for Kittle in the 2014 season. [49ERS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode], 49ers had third-round grade on George Kittle but gambled in 2017 NFL Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area. [10] Overall, he caught five passes for 108 yards. [29], Kittle made his NFL debut in the 49ers' season-opener against the Carolina Panthers and caught five passes for 27 yards in a 23–3 loss. However, 49ers vice president of player personnel Adam Peters told that they had a third-round grade on Kittle heading into the draft, but believed he would be there later and took a chance by waiting to draft him. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. [48], In Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Kittle caught four passes for 36 yards during the 31–20 loss. [44] However, he was forced to miss the next two games due to the injury. But the fact San Francisco has been linked to so many tight ends during the offseason so far — including a recent report suggesting the 49ers are in on the Giants’ Evan Engram — suggests Lynch is strongly considering using one of his NFL Draft picks to bolster the depth at this position. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and a First-team All-Pro selection. [1][2], Kittle was born in Madison, Wisconsin and moved to Iowa at a young age.

[39] During the season finale against the Rams, Kittle broke Travis Kelce's single-season receiving yards record for a tight end, less than an hour after Kelce broke the record, on a 43-yard touchdown and finished the season with 1,377 yards. By: Jaime Eisner July 4th, 2020 2020-07-04T09:00:00-07:00 The Draft Network Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports #49ers VP of Player Personnel Adam Peters shares insight into the process and more in the first episode of the 2020 Meet the Scouts series presented by @zennioptical.

Yet if the Niners are thinking about pushing Dwelley down the depth chart and Helm off of it altogether, it wouldn’t be a shock to see one of those day-three picks used to do so. [30] He caught his first NFL reception on a 13-yard pass from Brian Hoyer on the first drive and was tackled by Panthers' safety Mike Adams. Even if that pick winds up being yet another tight end. Beathard. Really, it was cool because we kind of called our shot a few weeks earlier and made it happen on draft day. That's a big leap for a guy who wasn't highly touted coming out of Iowa. In the game, Kittle caught six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown in the 37–8 victory. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on San Francisco 49ers and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more.

He set the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season in 2018, when he racked up 1,377 yards on 88 catches. He played college football for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and was drafted by the 49ers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.He is a two-time Pro Bowler and a First-team All-Pro selection.

[37] During Week 7 against the Los Angeles Rams, he had five receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in the 39–10 loss.
The 49ers could easily take the same route. [27], On May 4, 2017, the San Francisco 49ers signed Kittle to a four-year, $2.69 million contract that included a signing bonus of $298,287. Ravens DC Don 'Wink' Martindale on the lookout for rowdy Eagles fans Sunday, The Premier League has a VAR crisis. Unlike 2019, the 2020 draft class isn’t deep at tight end. Yes. "He was a really unique athlete but wasn't a really highly thought of prospect by most people. [36] During Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Kittle recorded an 82-yard touchdown reception as part of a 125-yard performance as the 49ers narrowly lost by a score of 29–27. Your privacy is safe with us. [42] After a Week 4 bye, the 49ers faced the Cleveland Browns. [13] Overall, Kittle had 20 receptions for 290 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns in the 2015 season. The couple met at the University of Iowa, where Claire played basketball. In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers arguably landed the biggest steal of that year’s NFL Draft by grabbing a relatively unknown tight end, George Kittle, out of Iowa in Round 5. He attended Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, Iowa, Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. He returned to the game and caught six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown in the 28–25 road victory. [52], Kittle married Claire (née Till) on April 9, 2019. [14] His six receiving touchdowns ranked sixth in the Big Ten Conference. [21] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Kittle was projected to be a third or fourth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.

[26] He was reunited with Iowa teammate C. J. Beathard, whom the San Francisco 49ers drafted in the third round (104th overall). Will George Kittle Extend 1,000-Yard Streak? [17] In his senior season, he had 22 receptions for 314 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. The 49ers don't need a prolific tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft with George Kittle around. After losing veteran tight end Garrett Celek during the offseason to retirement and fellow TE Levine Toilolo to the New York Giants, the Niners now have two backups to Kittle: Ross Dwelley and Daniel Helm. [28], Throughout training camp, he competed against Garrett Celek, Vance McDonald, Logan Paulsen, Blake Bell, and Cole Hikutini for the job as the starting tight end. In the next game against the Los Angeles Rams, he caught eight passes for 103 yards in the 20–7 road victory. ", What went into scouting George Kittle? If you can do that year after year then your roster will be set up to contend for Super Bowl titles. [19], As a top tight end prospect, Kittle was one of 19 collegiate tight ends to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. In three seasons, George Kittle has gone from fifth-round draft pick to the best tight end in football. They wouldn't take that chance again, though. ",, Players of American football from Oklahoma, Players of American football from Wisconsin, Short description is different from Wikidata, San Francisco 49ers currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Most receiving yards in a single season by a tight end (1,377), Most receiving yards in a season by a tight end: 1,377, Most receiving yards in a half by a tight end: 210, First tight end to lead the league in yards after catch: 870, Most receiving yards in first three seasons by a tight end: 2,945, Most receiving yards in a game by a tight end: 210, Most receptions in a season by a tight end: 88, First tight end to surpass 1,000 receiving yards, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 17:49.

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