#1 2018-11-28 10:09:25

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George Kittle is putting together a Pro Bowl season

The San Francisco 49ers have reasons to be disappointed with the state of the team in 2018 , but there are positives to take away from what we have seen thus far. One of the most notable has been the breakout season by second-year tight end George Kittle.Kittle put together some decent numbers his rookie season, catching 43 passes for 515 yards and two touchdowns while working through an assortment of bumps and bruises. Through five games this season, he has caught 23 passes for 399 yards — putting him on pace for 73 receptions, 1,276 receiving yards, and three touchdowns.Among tight ends, Kittle currently ranks fifth in receptions, third in yards, and second in yards per reception among tight ends with at least ten receptions. Football Outsiders currently ranks him fourth among tight ends in DYAR and 11th in DVOA. A higher DYAR means more total value, while a higher DVOA means more value per play. Over at Pro Football Focus, Kittle is tied for second among tight ends in yards per route run, and is listed with one drop on the season.The tight end position is fairly AFC heavy. In terms of receiving yards, Zach Ertz tops the list and Kittle is third, but the remaining five in the top seven are AFC tight ends. The next NFC tight ends are Jimmy Graham (8th), Kyle Rudolph (9th), and O.J. Howard (10th).Given that Ertz plays for the defending Super Bowl champs, odds are pretty good he gets voted onto the 2019 Pro Bowl roster. Jimmy Graham and Kyle Rudolph are notable tight end names, but if Kittle can remain anywhere close to his current pace, or at the very least, surpass 1,000 receiving yards San Francisco 49ers T-Shirt , I would be shocked if he did not get a Pro Bowl nod, at least as an alternate.Given how this season has gone, he stands a good chance of getting the kinds of regular looks he needs to bumps his stats. He has led the team in receiving four of the first five weeks. The team’s wide receiver corps has been shaky at best this season, particularly with Marquise Goodwin sidelined. When Goodwin returns, we’ll see if there are changes to who gets regular looks from C.J. Beathard.This weekend, the 49ers travel to face a Green Bay Packers squad that Football Outsiders ranks No. 14 in covering tight ends. Kittle has faced some bad tight end defenses this year, with Minnesota currently ranked No. 31, Detroit ranked No. 26, KC ranked No. 22, and Arizona ranked No. 23. It is interesting to note, however, that the Los Angeles Chargers currently rank No. 1 in covering tight ends. Kittle had his 82-yard touchdown reception in that game, and finished the day with six receptions for 125 yards and the touchdown.Is there a silver lining for this team after Jimmy Garoppolo’s torn ACL? It was Black Monday in September for 49ers fans as news broke earlier this morning that Jimmy Garoppolo did, in fact, tear his ACL in Sunday’s contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 2018 offseason was long and arduous for those who were impatiently waiting to see the franchise quarterback show off what strides he’s made as he continued to get more acclimated with head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offensive playbook. Pundits were picking the Niners as a darkhorse playoff candidate before the regular season began. All that is moot now, though, because the hearts of those within and outside of the organization were collectively ripped out the moment Garoppolo fell to the ground. What’s left is a team still going through a rebuild having to play the final 13 games of the year with a backup quarterback who had his fair share of struggles during the preseason. The only other quarterback in the organization is Nick Mullens, who is more-than-likely to be added to the 53 man roster (along with a veteran, early reports suggest). While this season is essentially a wash, there are a few things to consider before you effectively tune-out every Sunday until next September. I'm taking it upon myself to talk those of you who are reading this off the proverbial ledge that you currently find yourselves looking over.This is still very much a rebuild in progress - the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo initially seemed like it had sped of the process but, at least during these first handful of games San Francisco 49ers Hats , it’s obvious that there are still holes to fill and development needed up and down the roster: the team still lacks a consistent rush on the edges, there are some issues at the guard position on the offensive line, and the offense lacks a true bonafide number-one receiver. If there is any “silver lining” to this horrible situation it’s based, in large part, on the idea that there is some draft capital to look forward to come the 2019 NFL Draft; the upcoming draft class is setting itself up to be fairly deep on the defensive line and the 49ers’ biggest need is, arguably, on the edges of the defensive line. A safe bet for a win total heading into this season was 7-8 wins (in the minds of most people, at least) - with Garoppolo out for the rest of 2018 you could figure to knock off 3-4 wins from that projection which, in turn, improves the draft position of San Francisco. So, hey, that’s cool right?The injury to Garoppolo also hurts when knowing that he could have absolutely benefited from taking as many reps as possible under center while he continues to learn Kyle Shanahan’s offense. This is why you invest in a solid backup quarterback, though, and it is widely known that CJ Beathard has earned the trust and respect of those within the 49ers organization. If anything this provides Beathard with the opportunity to continue to develop as a passer, something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Teams are as desperate as ever for quality quarterback play and, if CJ Beathard is productive enough, there could be a team who ends up wanting to give up a draft pick or two for his services. Overall, it’ll still be very interesting to see how the team continues to develop as Kyle Shanahan continues to implement his offense. The defense has shown flashes of greatness - most notably from DeForest Buckner, who is just beginning his campaign for Defensive Player of the Year. We’re all in this together, 49er Faithful. Stay strong.