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  • By Michael D'Ambrosio
    Jul 19, 2019 at 3:00 PM 2 comments
    We're taking a quick look at the San Francisco 49ers' tight ends with training camp just around the corner. Projected to Start George Kittle Kittle is coming off a Pro Bowl season where he racked up nearly 1,400 receiving yards, 88 receptions, and found the end zone five times. He will be the focal point for many defenses this year, so we will see how he adjusts when defensive game plans are designed around stopping him. Much of the success that Kittle saw in 2018 came from backup quarterback Nick Mullens, so keep an eye on the chemistry Kittle has with Jimmy Garoppolo now that he's back healthy. I don't think Kittle racks up as many yards, but I do believe he finds the end zone more frequently. Projection: 75...
  • By Michael D'Ambrosio
    Apr 28, 2019 at 2:34 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers struggled last year when they entered the red zone, and other NFL teams knew it. The 49ers only managed to reach the end zone 41.18 percent of the time when they crossed their opponents 20-yard line, which ranked worst in the NFL in 2018. That number wasn't much better in 2017 (47.06, 27th in the NFL) When the 49ers entered the red zone, many teams would take away the 49ers' best option — tight end George Kittle. Outside the 20, Kittle was a beast and caught almost 67 percent of the passes thrown to him. Inside the red zone, though, there wasn't as much space for Kittle, and it showed. Kittle only caught 10-of-19 passes inside the 20. This was partially due to double teams, and defenses daring the 49ers for someone else besides Kittle to beat...
  • By Michael D'Ambrosio
    Apr 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM 2 comments
    With the NFL draft less than a week away, the San Francisco 49ers' night will begin early with the team owning the second-overall pick. The 49ers are also on the clock regarding the fifth-year option of DeForest Buckner. The defensive tackle had a career year for the 49ers, racking up 12 sacks and demanding double teams throughout the 2018 season. Under the John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan regime, San Francisco has picked up both fifth-year options of defensive back Jimmie Ward and defensive end Arik Armstead, so Buckner's option seems like a no-brainer for the 49ers, according to a report from Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay...
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