Tight End (3)
George Kittle, Garrett Celek, Cole Hikutini
Not much to report on here.
George Kittle‘s 2017 season was historic. No other rookie tight end, taken in Round 5 or later in the modern football era, posted as many receptions (43) or receiving yards (515) than Kittle did a year ago. And while he only started seven games last season, look for him to be bumped up the depth chart over the veteran, Garrett Celek.
That doesn’t mean Celek loses out on his overall impact, though.
This piece, by the Read Optional’s Oliver Connolly, described how Celek emerged as a key piece within Kyle Shanahan’s offense last year. By doing a bit of everything well, Celek remains a key linchpin in San Francisco’s offense.
And opposing defenses hate two-tight end sets with legitimate pass catchers.
To round out the roster, the 49ers plug in second-year pro Cole Hikutini who, despite worrisome blocking abilities, might be the most explosive receiving target out of this group.