|ADP:||Round: 2, Pick: 10|
|Team:||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 247 lb.|
|Born:||October 9, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 5 (146)|
49ers GM John Lynch says Kittle plans to attend training camp, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Entering the final season of his rookie contract, Kittle has a rock-solid argument for the largest payday an NFL tight end has ever seen. Lynch says communications with Kittle's agent have been productive so far, apparently inspiring confidence that a deal will be reached soon enough. Meanwhile, Deebo Samuel (foot) is in danger of missing the start of the season, potentially creating an opportunity for Kittle to handle an even larger target share than usual.
Kittle's agent doesn't believe the existing tight end market is relevant to his client's next contract, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The agent, Jack Bechta, makes a reasonable point, considering Kittle's combination of receiving and blocking skill hasn't been seen in the NFL since Rob Gronkowski's prime. Travis Kelce is the closest thing to a fair comparison right now, but he signed a five-year, $46.8 million extension four years ago and has since become one of the top bargains in the league for his team. Entering the fourth and final season his his rookie contract, Kittle can make a case for the same type of money that's recently been paid to No. 1 WRs and top pass rushers - around $20 million per year. The 49ers do have some leverage in the form of franchise tags, an option that likely would cost $10-11 million for 2021 and $12-13 million for 2022. Of course, It's also an option that likely would led to a holdout, and potentially hostility between player and team.
Kittle said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to undergo any offseason surgeries, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kittle toughed through a number of injuries during the 2019 season, including a torn labrum in his right shoulder that's ailed him since the 2018 preseason, but he anticipates requiring "just rehab" to get healthy this offseason. Coming off back-to-back seasons of at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards and five touchdowns, the 26-year-old tight end's priority will no doubt be to get back to 100 percent health in time to kick off the 2020 campaign, and it's encouraging that he won't require any surgeries to do so. It doesn't currently appear as though there are any question marks surrounding Kittle's availability for OTAs or training camp.
Kittle caught four of seven targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Kittle, who has played through a torn labrum in his right shoulder since the 2018 preseason, was held to a modest receiving line for the third time in as many playoff games. Over the 49ers' last three contests, the star tight end compiled just eight catches for 71 yards without a touchdown -- a shocking contrast compared to his regular-season production, as Kittle logged 85 catches for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns across 14 such games. The 26-year-old will benefit from a full offseason to get healthy, and he remains a virtual lock to enter the 2020 season among the coveted top tier of fantasy tight ends despite coming off a quiet postseason stretch.
Kittle relayed during a recent podcast that he's played the past two seasons with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Kittle opened preseason 2018 by separating his shoulder, which sidelined him for the rest of that exhibition season. However, he's avoided being listed on the injury report with 'shoulder' next to his name in the meantime and doesn't intend to have surgery to address it. Instead, Kittle tended to a myriad of other health concerns in the 2019 campaign, namely a lingering ankle issue that sidelined him Weeks 10 and 11. Despite the compromised health, he's totaled 173 catches (on 243 targets) for 2,430 yards and 10 TDs in his last 30 regular-season games, but only a 4-35-0 line on six targets in two playoff contests to date. He'll look to reverse the recent trend in the Super Bowl against a Chiefs defense that gave up the second-most receptions (98) to tight ends in 2019.
Kittle (ankle) caught his lone target for 19 yards in Sunday's 37-20 victory over Green Bay.
Analysis: Kittle was held out of practice until Thursday due to his lingering ankle injury, but it didn't appear to limit the star tight end in the run game, as he did his usual man-handling of defensive assignments to help Raheem Mostert rush for 220 yards and four scores. San Francisco threw the ball just eight times while playing with a big lead all game, resulting in the disappointing stat line from the 26-year-old. Kittle played through broken ribs for nearly the entire 2018 season, and he has been playing with a bone chip in his ankle since Week 12 of the regular season, so those deploying him in DFS formats should not be concerned with the man-beast's health. Game script is what Kittle owners need to worry about, but that may be less of a concern with the high-octane Chiefs set to oppose the 49ers in Super Bowl 54 in two weeks.
Kittle (ankle) officially was a full practice participant Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: As expected, Kittle fit in every rep after sitting out Wednesday to tend to a lingering sore ankle. With his health not in question, he'll look to put together a similar showing in the NFC Championship Game to his 6-129-1 performance against the Packers from Week 12.
Kittle (ankle) will practice fully Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan noted that Kittle's absence from practice Wednesday was simply a result of the tight end dealing with some ankle soreness. Kittle's return to a full session Thursday puts him firmly on track to play in Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Packers.
Kittle was held out of practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Kittle broke a bone in his ankle Week 9 at Arizona, resulting in back-to-back absences. Upon his return Week 12 against the Packers, he's been his usual self in the offensive scheme en route to a 42-528-3 line on 55 targets across seven games. The sudden appearance of 'ankle' and Kittle's subsequent DNP are somewhat worrisome, but the development also may be maintenance-related with the season on the line Sunday. His activity level Thursday and Friday will give a better sense of his odds to play in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers.
Kittle had three catches (five targets) for 16 yards in Saturday's NFC divisional round win over Minnesota.
Analysis: This was set to be a tough matchup for Kittle on paper, as the Vikings allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Minnesota boasts fast and athletic 4-3 linebackers, and they consistently doubled San Francisco's star tight end when he went out on routes. Coach Kyle Shanahan's run-heavy gameplan (47 rushes to 19 pass attempts) also factored into the 26-year-old's reduced offensive opportunities. Both of the 49ers' potential opponents in the upcoming NFC Championship Game (Seattle or Green Bay) were far more lenient on opposing tight ends this season, so there is certainly bounce-back potential for Kittle heading into next Sunday's contest.
Kittle had seven catches for 86 yards and rushed once for seven yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.
Analysis: Kittle paced all receiving options for either team by hauling in all seven of the balls thrown his way as the 49ers passed the ball with ease against a banged up Seattle defense. The 86 yards put the 25-year-old over 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season, and his five scores matched last year's output in two fewer games. Kittle's ankle injury that forced him to miss two games -- and never fully healed -- caused him to finish behind fellow stud tight end, Travis Kelce, in the fantasy rankings, and both figure to be the top options at the thin position heading into the 2020 campaign yet again.
Kittle secured five of eight targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' 34-31 win over the Rams on Saturday.
Analysis: The Rams managed to do a good job on Kittle in the first half, but the star tight end made plenty of noise after halftime. Kittle ultimately paced the 49ers in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, and his seven-yard touchdown grab just past the halfway point of the fourth quarter erased a 28-24 deficit for San Francisco at the time. Kittle has four touchdown receptions in the last six games -- as well as a three-game streak of at least eight targets -- and he'll look to make an impact once again in a pivotal Week 17 NFC West showdown against the Seahawks.
Kittle hauled in 13 of 17 targets for 134 receiving yards during Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: After managing just eight catches for 84 yards in outings against Baltimore and New Orleans the past two weeks, Kittle commanded more than half of San Francisco's targets against Atlanta and accounted for over 65 percent of the 49ers' receiving production. During his dominant Week 15 effort, Kittle also surpassed Mike Ditka for the most receiving yards by a tight end across his first NFL three seasons, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. He remains an elite tight end play heading into a matchup against a Rams defense that surrendered six combined receptions, 76 yards and a touchdown to Dallas tight ends Sunday.
Kittle (knee/ankle) had six receptions (eight targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 48-46 win over New Orleans.
Analysis: Kittle was limited participant in practice all week while dealing with lower body injuries, but his status for this important NFC showdown was never in doubt. The well-rounded tight end was asked to stay back and block for the majority of last week's contest against the Ravens -- who blitz more than any defense in the league -- but coach Kyle Shanahan allowed him to eat again on offense this week. The 26-year-old had another signature catch-and-run during the 49ers' final drive where he drug three defenders (while also baiting a facemask penalty) well into field-goal territory to help clinch the battle of NFC titans. Excluding last week's anomaly, Kittle is averaging six receptions and 90.3 yards per game over his last four, which keeps him firmly in the top three of tight end options heading into a Week 15 matchup with Atlanta.
Kittle (knee/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in New Orleans, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Kittle played through the same injury the past two weeks, logging 79 percent snap share against the Packers and 100 percent snap share against the Ravens. Given the importance of Sunday's game for NFC playoff seeding, the 49ers presumably intend for their star tight end to handle another large workload. Kittle was able to log limited practices throughout the week.
Kittle (knee/ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The cap on Kittle's practice reps has continued this week, but there doesn't appear to be much worry about his availability for Week 14. Look for his status to clear up upon the release of Friday's injury report.
Kittle (knee/ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Kittle seemingly will operate with some limitations in practice for the rest of the season as he attempts to play through a lingering left knee injury and bone chip in his ankle. He'll have two more days in which to elevate to full participation, but even if he doesn't, he may ditch his designations by the release of Friday's injury report, as he did last week.
Kittle (knee/ankle) caught two passes (four targets) for 17 yards and lost three yards on his lone carry in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Kittle saw his usage drop drastically following a six-catch, 129-yard showing in Week 12. The budding superstar was asked to stay back and block more than usual against a Ravens defense that blitzes more than any other team in the league (blitz packages on 48.1 percent of plays this season). There was no report of a flare up with Kittle's lower body injuries, so his lack of usage in the pass game appeared to be matchup-based. Look for the elite pass-catching tight end to get more involved in a crucial NFC showdown with the Saints on Sunday.
Kittle (knee/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Baltimore, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Reportedly dealing with a bone chip in his ankle, Kittle may have to deal with pain for the rest of the season, but the 49ers expect that he'll continue to play. He returned from a two-game absence with a bang, catching six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown last week against the Packers. Sunday's road matchup with the red-hot Ravens defense is far more challenging, but Kittle is a top-three option at tight end whenever he suits up.
Kittle (knee/ankle) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Kittle sat out Wednesday's session, but his return to the field Thursday puts him on track to play Sunday against the Ravens. Friday's final injury report figures to reveal whether the tight end heads into the contest listed as questionable or minus a Week 13 injury designation.
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