Tight End George Kittle
With so many questions about the 49ers’ future at tight end, that play all but guaranteed Kittle a spot on the 53-man roster and put him into the discussion whether or not he’d actually start.
Yet Week 3 of the preseason might have forced San Francisco to pump the breaks a little bit.
Kittle was absent from the stat sheet, targeted only twice and failing to come down with any catches thrown his way.
But the bigger issue was a missed block on a 3rd-and-7 play that led to a Eric Kendricks sack of quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Note Kittle, lined up in the offset to Hoyer’s left, and how the rookie doesn’t pick up the interior rush in time:
It’s not unusual for rookie tight ends to struggle in pass protection. But this will have to be a staple of Kittle’s game to ensure he remains a contender for a starting spot this season.