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George Kittle
San Francisco 49ers




$Signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the 49ers in August of 2020.

Returns with monster performance

October 4, 2020

Kittle hauled in all 15 of his targets for 183 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 25-20 loss to the Eagles.

ANALYSIS
Kittle was sidelined for two weeks after spraining his knee in a season-opening loss to the Cardinals. The 49ers did not place any limitations on the star tight end in his first game back, allowing him to rack up career highs in receptions and yards. Kittle also chipped in eight yards on an end-around, his second rushing attempt in as many games this season. Any designed runs are just gravy on top of elite receiving production. The 26-year-old remained the focal point of the passing attack even after fellow Iowa product C.J. Beathard took over in the second half, so Kittle remains a strong play whether Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), Nick Mullens or Beathard starts against the Dolphins on Sunday.

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See red zone opportunities inside the 20, 10 and 5-yard lines along with the percentage of time they converted the opportunity into a touchdown.

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How do George Kittle’s 2020 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?


This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.


  • Air Yards Per Game

    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.



  • Air Yards Per Snap

    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.



  • % Team Air Yards

    The percentage of the team’s total air yards he accounts for.



  • % Team Targets

    The percentage of the team’s total targets he accounts for.



  • Avg Depth of Target

    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.



  • Catch Rate

    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.



  • Drop Rate

    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.



  • Avg Yds After Catch

    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.


Avg Depth of Target

5.4 Yds

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How often does George Kittle run a route when on the field for a pass play?


This data will let you see how George Kittle and the other tight ends for the 49ers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they’re not that useful for fantasy purposes because they’re not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.

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See where George Kittle lined up on the field and how he performed at each spot.

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This Week’s Opposing Pass Defense

How does the Eagles pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?


The bars represents the team’s percentile rank (based on QB Rating Against). The longer the bar, the better their pass defense is. The team and position group ratings only include players that are currently on the roster and not on injured reserve. The list of players in the table only includes defenders with at least 3 attempts against them.

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Sunday, Oct 4th at 8:20PM

Overall QB Rating Against

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How do George Kittle’s measurables compare to other tight ends?


This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.



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Hidden Stat Line: Targets, Routes & Snaps from Week 3

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NFL Injury Analysis: Bad Luck for Many Receivers

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In Turf Burns, Jeff Stotts offers injury updates on a plethora of players hurt over the first few weeks of the season, including Buffalo wide receiver John Brown, who likely won’t play this week.



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It wasn’t just that Kittle had a career season, he had a season that was almost too good to be true. And it’s hard to know how to react to that type of year. Kittle and Travis Kelce played ping-pong with the single-season yardage record for a tight end; when the smoke cleared, Kittle won. That’s an incredible accomplishment for any player, but then underscore that Kittle did it playing most of his season with undrafted quarterback Nick Mullens (Kelce, meanwhile, worked with the NFL MVP). The 49ers also had pedestrian wideouts; every late-season opponent took to the field with the primary goal of stopping Kittle. And let’s not forget Kittle was scarcely used at Iowa, catching just 48 passes in four college seasons. The 49ers need to prioritize Kittle more in the scoring area. He only had five touchdowns despite last year’s banner season, and three came from long distance (43, 82, 85 yards). The other two spikes were from the 10- and 5-yard line. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, as Kittle was fourth among tight ends in red-zone targets. A full season of Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback could go a long way toward fixing this deficiency. Garoppolo, in a lot of ways, is the elephant in the San Francisco huddle. Can he be trusted to play a full season? Have we seen enough of him to definitively conclude he’s a difference-maker? How you feel about Garoppolo goes a long way toward solving your Kittle stance in 2019.

Tight end is a hard position, especially for rookies. Kittle’s first-year haul might not seem like much, but since the merger, only 16 rookie tight ends have produced more catches than Kittle’s 43. His production got a modest bump when Jimmy Garoppolo took over: five games, 15-224-1, a catch rate of 78.9 percent. And now we get to dig into the growth seasons for a typical tight end. Kittle is a better athlete than blocker, and that’s fine with us. At 6-4, 250, he blazed a 4.52 40 at the 2017 combine, also displaying explosiveness with strong marks in the vertical jump (35 inches) and broad jump (132 inches). Kittle tied for fifth among tight ends with 16 red-zone targets last year, but most of those were from quarterbacks far worse than Garoppolo (hence the modest TD total). The 49ers have a lot of receiving turf to be claimed, following a season in which no player had more than 59 receptions or four TD catches. Garoppolo, of course, didn’t start the year with the team. Make sure Kittle is prominent on your list of potential breakout players. Heck, he could be a cheaper way to get Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan exposure, if you miss on some of the buzzier targets. Kittle did suffer a separated shoulder in the first week of the preseason, but the 49ers expect him to be back for their regular-season opener.

Kittle could be in store for a bigger role than he thought his rookie year after the Niners sent incumbent No. 1 tight end Vance McDonald to the Steelers in an August trade. The fifth-round draft pick possesses surprising athleticism (4.52 speed) for a 6-4, 247-pound blocking tight end and could carve out a solid role as a check-down option for QB Brian Hoyer.


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