George Kittle

San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #85
San Francisco 49ers
Tight End #85
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Dealing with lower body injury

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Kittle is dealing with a "lower half" issue and isn't expected to participate during OTAs this week, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Shanahan added that the All-Pro tight end "could go," but they're "being smart" and there's a "good chance" he'll be held out until training camp. Kittle has dealt with numerous injuries over the last three seasons, so while his latest issue doesn't appear to be serious, the 49ers are expected to proceed with the utmost caution.

May 24, 2022 2:38 PM EST

Restructures contract

Kittle has agreed to restructure his contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Kittle has four seasons remaining on the five-year, $75 million extension he signed in August 2020. This restructure likely entails converting most of his 2022 base salary into a bonus, which could free up nearly $8 million in cap space for the Niners. The 28-year-old tight end will be part of a talented pass-catching corps for second-year QB Trey Lance, joined by WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

Mar 16, 2022 6:35 AM EST

Finds end zone in losing effort

Kittle had two receptions (five targets) for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Kittle finally hit pay dirt after enduring a six-week scoring drought. The stud tight end could have had an even bigger final line, but two of his missed targets came on two wide-open overthrows by Jimmy Garoppolo. Still, it was a positive finish to another solid fantasy season from one of the best in the league. It is worth noting that Kittle -- who started the year as the 49ers' projected primary target -- took a backseat to Deebo Samuel in the second half of the season. It may not matter much if Trey Lance is ready to take over under center in 2022, as Garoppolo acted as a muffler for an explosive offense that has two certified superstars. A quarterback change in San Francisco next season could unlock new levels of production for a talented group of playmakers.

Jan 30, 2022 7:54 PM EST

Good to go

Kittle isn't listed on the 49ers injury report ahead of their NFC Championship Game matchup with the Rams on Sunday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Kittle was limping toward the end of Sunday's divisional-round win over the Packers, but both he and Deebo Samuel (leg) have avoided the injury report for the NFC title game, giving QB Jimmy Garoppolo all his key receiving options. Kittle caught four of six targets for 63 yards in the 13-10 win over Green Bay last week, ending a four-game streak with fewer than 30 receiving yards. That includes a 10-yard dud against the Rams in Week 18, though Kittle did put up 5-50-1 on seven targets in the first matchup between the divisional rivals (Week 10).

Jan 26, 2022 11:58 AM EST

Powers for 63 yards

Kittle had four receptions on six targets for 63 yards in Saturday's 13-10 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Kittle started this contest with an uncharacteristic drop that hit him in the hands, but he was able to adapt to the colder, harder football from there on out. The 28-year-old did appear to suffer an injury scare when he was noticeably limping off of the field on one of the final plays of regulation, but he was not listed alongside fellow superstars Deebo Samuel (ankle) and Trent Williams (ankle) during the post-game injury interview segment, so we can only assume his injury was minor. Assuming he can avoid the injury reports during upcoming practice sessions, Kittle will gear up to face either the Buccaneers or Rams in the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Jan 22, 2022 9:15 PM EST

Held to one catch Sunday

Kittle caught one of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the wild-card round.

Analysis: The tight end continues to pay the price for Jimmy Garoppolo's thumb injury. With the quarterback's ability to throw impaired, the 49ers offense has been even more ground-heavy than usual, requiring Kittle to block more and run fewer routes. He hasn't reached 30 receiving yards in four straight games, managing only a 9-78-0 line on 15 targets over that stretch, and Kittle will likely need a touchdown to make any kind of fantasy impact next weekend against the Packers in the divisional round.

Jan 16, 2022 7:27 PM EST

Low production remains puzzling

Kittle had five receptions (seven targets) for just 10 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over the Rams.

Analysis: Kittle finished below 30 yards receiving for the third consecutive week, although the five receptions (for those in PPR formats) was his highest since Week 15. It seems like the 49ers let one of its best offensive weapons simply fade in the gameplan at various points this season, much to the chagrin of the star tight end's fantasy managers. Kittle still finished the regular season with 71 receptions, 910 yards and six touchdowns over 14 healthy games, which should still fall in the elite category despite being underutilized at times. The 49ers will face a stiff test against the Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs, and it would behoove them to find a way to get one of its two top playmakers involved as a receiver.

Jan 9, 2022 8:21 PM EST

Just one reception in win

Kittle caught one of two targets for 29 yards and had one carry for six yards in Sunday's 23-7 win over Houston.

Analysis: Kittle saw little action for the second week in a row, this time with rookie quarterback Trey Lance under center. Head coach Kyle Shanahan tried to get his star tight end involved with his third rushing attempt of the season, but it was little doing. Kittle finally got involved in the passing game late in the second half with an incredible one-handed catch for 29 yards. His only other target this game came on a poor throw into double coverage by Lance that was picked off. While this recent slump is concerning for those with Kittle shares, it would be tough to recommend bypassing such an elite playmaking talent against the Rams in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 6:43 PM EST

Quieted after quick start

Kittle brought in two of three targets for 21 yards in the 49ers' 20-17 loss to the Titans on Thursday night.

Analysis: Kittle opened the game looking like he'd have no trouble keeping up his momentum from recent games, but his opportunities completely dried up after his third and final target of the night was intercepted in the end zone by Janoris Jenkins with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter. The ultra-talented tight end was surprisingly shut down the rest of the way, leading to his second-lowest reception and receiving yardage totals of the season. Kittle will have a favorable matchup with which to potentially bounce back to his usual numbers in Week 17, as the Texans pay a visit to the 49ers a week from Sunday.

Dec 23, 2021 8:46 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Kittle hauled in all six of his targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Kittle finally "cooled off" this week after posting some gaudy fantasy totals over his last two games (22-332-3). The star tight end's midseason surge has resulted in his team going 5-2 since his return from IR back in Week 9. Kittle was dealing with a minor knee injury during practice this week, so we will see if he receives an injury designation on a short week leading up to Thursday's matchup with the Titans.

Dec 19, 2021 4:52 PM EST

Ready to rock

Kittle (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Analysis: He opened the week as a non-participant before returning to a limited practice Thursday and a full session Friday. With 332 yards and three touchdowns over the past two weeks, Kittle is doing his best to help the Niners make a wild-card push.

Dec 17, 2021 3:37 PM EST

Fits in limited practice Thursday

Kittle (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Kittle is ramping up his activity after sitting out Wednesday's session due to a sore knee. With this development, he's trending in a positive direction and may even be cleared entirely once the 49ers release their final injury report of the week Friday.

Dec 16, 2021 4:59 PM EST

Dealing with sore knee

Kittle will be held out of Wednesday's practice with knee soreness, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: It's on surprise to see Kittle banged up after five straight games with 50-plus snaps and back-to-back contests with double-digit targets. The initial report suggests Kittle's knee is merely sore, but it remains to be seen if he'll get back on the practice field Thursday or Friday as the Niners prepare for Sunday's home game against Atlanta.

Dec 15, 2021 11:40 AM EST

Tops 150 yards again

Kittle caught 13 of 15 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over the Bengals.

Analysis: For the second straight game, Kittle was all but unstoppable as Jimmy Garoppolo's top option in the passing game. The tight end hauled in a 14-yard TD right before halftime, while the catches and targets were season highs. Kittle's posted three 100-yard performances and scored six touchdowns in six games since returning to action from an IR stint due to a calf injury, and he seems unlikely to slow down in Week 15 against the Falcons.

Dec 12, 2021 8:02 PM EST

Massive day in Seattle

Kittle caught nine of 12 targets for 181 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: With Deebo Samuel (groin) sidelined, it was Kittle who stepped up and re-established himself as Jimmy Garoppolo's top option in the passing game, setting season highs for catches, targets and receiving yards while producing only his second 100-yard effort of the year. The touchdowns were nothing new for the star tight end, however, as he's found the end zone five times in five games since returning to action from a calf injury. He'll look to keep him momentum going in Week 14 against the Bengals.

Dec 5, 2021 8:51 PM EST

Only one catch against Vikings

Kittle caught one of two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Vikings.

Analysis: The Niners got most of their offense on the ground as Deebo Samuel (groin) ran for two TDs and Elijah Mitchell another, so there wasn't much available through the air for Kittle. The tight end saw his three-game touchdown streak come to an end in his worst performance of the season, and he'll look to rebound in Week 13 against the Seahawks.

Nov 28, 2021 8:19 PM EST

Finds end zone

Kittle caught four passes for 34 yards and one touchdown on four targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: The 49ers attempted only 22 passes in the 30-10 victory and didn't need Kittle to do much, but when called upon he was automatic with his targets, as he often is. The 49ers will probably need to throw more than 22 times against the Vikings in Week 12, so Kittle stands a good chance to see better target volume in that game.

Nov 21, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Scores against Rams

Kittle caught five of seven targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 31-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Kittle opened the Niners' scoring with a leaping, eight-yard touchdown in the first quarter, finding the end zone for the second time in as many games since returning from injury. Although he didn't approach last week's 110 yards, Kittle still brought his signature physicality to both the passing and running games, staving off would-be tacklers after the catch while cleaning up as a blocker as well. Back as a fixture within San Francisco's offense, Kittle will look to keep his strong momentum going in a favorable Week 11 matchup versus the Jaguars.

Nov 15, 2021 8:16 PM EST

Cleared for Monday

Kittle (calf) does not carry an injury designation into Monday's contest against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: Kittle was a full participant in Saturday's practice setting the stage for the star tight end to make an appearance in a pivotal divisional contest against the Rams. The 28-year-old scored his first touchdown of the season against the Cardinals last week and saw a healthy eight targets after a four-week stay on injured reserve.

Nov 13, 2021 2:45 PM EST

Limited in practice again

Kittle (calf) remained limited Friday at practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Barring an unexpected last-minute setback, Kittle figures to start and handle a three-down role Monday night against the Rams. He put up a 6-101-1 receiving line while playing 73 percent of snaps in a Week 9 loss to the Cardinals, immediately making an impact after returning from IR.

Nov 12, 2021 3:43 PM EST

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