George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Sun 7/31/22 6:07 PM

Kittle, who dealt with a lower-body issue during OTAs, is participating in training camp practices, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Kittle, who remains the 49ers' clear-cut top tight end, continues to profile as a quality fantasy option at his position, coming off a 2021 campaign in which he caught 71 of his 94 targets for 910 yards and six TDs in 14 games. The 28-year-old has missed 11 regular-season games over the last two campaigns, but as long as he's available, Kittle should maintain steady target volume in 2022 while working in a 49ers passing attack that is in line to be helmed by second-year QB Trey Lance.

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Tue 5/24/22 5:38 PM

San Francisco 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.
EDGE Analysis
Shanahan added that the All-Pro tight end "could go," but the team is "being smart" with Kittle and there's a "good chance" he'll be held out until training camp. The tight end 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.

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Wed 3/16/22 9:35 AM

Kittle has agreed to restructure his contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
EDGE 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 joined by WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Sun 1/30/22 10:54 PM

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

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Wed 1/26/22 2:58 PM

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.
EDGE 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 quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo all his key receiving options. The tight end 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 put up 5-50-1 receiving line on seven targets in the first matchup between the divisional rivals (Week 10).

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Sun 1/23/22 12:15 AM

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

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Sun 1/16/22 10:27 PM

Kittle caught one of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the wild-card round.
EDGE 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 a significant fantasy impact next weekend against the Packers in the divisional round.

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Sun 1/9/22 11:21 PM

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

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Sun 1/2/22 9:43 PM

Kittle caught one of two targets for 29 yards and had one carry for six yards in Sunday's 23-7 win over Houston.
EDGE 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 did little to raise his action in the passing game. Kittle finally got involved late in the second half with an incredible one-handed catch for 29 yards. His only other target 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.

George Kittle
TE SF (9)
Thu 12/23/21 11:46 PM

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