George Kittle
George Kittle


George Kittle
George Kittle (born October 9, 1993) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college

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George Kittle Kittle with the 49ers in 2017No. 85 – San Francisco 49ersPosition: Tight endPersonal informationBorn: (1993-10-09) October 9, 1993 (age 24)
Madison, WisconsinHeight: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)Weight: 247 lb (112 kg)Career informationHigh school: Norman (OK)College: IowaNFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 146Career history Roster status: ActiveCareer NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018 Receptions: 50Receiving yards: 627Receiving touchdowns: 2 Player stats at NFL.com

George Kittle (born October 9, 1993) is an American football tight end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Contents Early years

Kittle 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.[1][2] He committed to the University of Iowa to play college football.[3] His father, Bruce Kittle, also played at Iowa and is a former college football coach.

College career

Kittle played at Iowa from 2013 to 2016.[1][4][5] During his collegiate career, Kittle had 48 receptions for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns.

College statistics Receiving Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs 2013 Iowa 3 5 108 0 2014 Iowa 3 1 25 0 2015 Iowa 10 20 290 6 2016 Iowa 9 22 314 4 College Totals 22 48 737 10 Professional career

As top tight end prospect, Kittle was one of 19 collegiate tight ends to receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed the majority of drills, but opted to skip the short shuttle and three-cone drill. Kittle's overall performance was well perceived, as he finished third among tight ends in the broad jump, fifth in the 40-yard dash, and finished sixth among his position group in the vertical jump.[6] On March 27, 2017, Kittle participated at Iowa's Pro Day, along with C. J. Beathard, Desmond King, Jaleel Johnson, Greg Mabin, Riley McCarron, and four other prospects. He completed his combine drills, finishing the short shuttle (4.55s), three-cone drill, and also ran positional drills. Scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams attended, including Cincinnati Bengals' tight end's coach Jonathan Hayes.[7] 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. He was ranked the fifth best tight end prospect in the draft by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, sixth best by NFL analyst Gil Brandt, and was ranked the eighth best tight end by NFLDraftScout.com.[8][9][10]

Pre-draft measurables Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP 6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m) 247 lb
(112 kg) 33 1⁄8 in
(0.84 m) 9 1⁄4 in
(0.23 m) 4.52 s 1.59 s 2.65 s 4.55 s 7.00 s 35 in
(0.89 m) 11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m) 18 reps All values from NFL Combine[11][8]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Kittle in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[12] He was reunited with Iowa teammate C. J. Beathard, who the San Francisco 49ers drafted in the third round (104th overall).

On May 4, 2017, the San Francisco 49ers signed Kittle to a four-year, $2.69 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $298,287.[13]

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. Head coach Kyle Shanahan named Kittle the starting tight end to start the regular season.[14]

He earned his first career start and his regular season debut in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opener against the Carolina Panthers and caught five passes for 27-yards in their 23–3 loss.[15] He caught his first career reception on a 13-yard pass from Brian Hoyer on the first drive and was tackled by Panthers' safety Mike Adams.[16] On October 8, 2017, Kittle made 7 receptions for 83-yards and caught his first career touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Brian Hoyer during a 26-23 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts.[17] During a Week 9 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Kittle caught 3 passes for 27-yards, before leaving the 20-10 loss with a leg injury.[18] He was inactive due to the injury and missed the following game against the Giants.[19]

NFL statistics Regular season NFL career statistics Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost 2017 SF 15 7 43 515 12 44 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 Career 15 7 43 515 12 44 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Source:[20] References
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  2. ^ Przybylo, Robert (June 24, 2011). "Super 30: Norman's George Kittle no longer new kid on the block". NewsOK.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Aber, Ryan (February 1, 2012). "Iowa football recruiting: Norman's George Kittle signs with Iowa". NewsOK.com. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Morehouse, Marc (November 11, 2016). "'Believe' always has carried Iowa's George Kittle". The Gazette. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Leistikow, Chad (August 13, 2015). "Athletic 'freak' George Kittle gives Hawkeyes exciting TE option". Hawk Central. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Harry Lyles Jr. (March 5, 2016). SBNation.com https://www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/nfl/2017/3/3/14802746/2017-nfl-combine-results-o-j-howard-evan-engram-jake-butt. Retrieved December 19, 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Gil Brandt (March 27, 2017). "Pro day results: Iowa, Houston, Villanova, WKU, Texas Southern". NFL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "George Kittle, DS #8 TE, Iowa". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  9. ^ Mike Mayock (April 27, 2017). "Mike Mayock's 2017 NFL Draft position rankings 4.0". NFL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  10. ^ Gil Brandt (April 17, 2017). "Hot 150: Gil Brandt's top prospects for 2017 NFL Draft (101-150)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Combine Player Profiles – George Kittle". National Football League. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  12. ^ Fann, Joe (April 29, 2017). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Iowa TE George Kittle". 49ers.com. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Spotrac.com: George Kittle contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ourlads.com: San Francisco 49ers' depth chart: 10/01/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  16. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 1-2017: Carolina Panthers @ San Francisco 49ers". NFL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts - October 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  18. ^ Rotowire (November 5, 2017). "49ers' George Kittle: Hurts leg Sunday". cbssports.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  19. ^ "NFL Player stats: George Kittle (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  20. ^ "George Kittle". NFL.com. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
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