49ers roster 2021: George Kittle can get another All-Pro
By Peter Panacy
Can George Kittle be an All-Pro again in 2021?
Well, obviously, yes.
The only real question here is whether or not George Kittle can beat out Travis Kelce for the rights to be considered a first-team All-Pro. After that, being placed on the second-team group wouldn’t be too big a slight.
There’s plenty of competition for Pro Bowl nods, of course. The Las Vegas Raiders’ Darren Waller should be up there. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see someone like Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson or even the high-profile rookie, Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, get some looks for All-Pro votes, too.
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In the end, however, it all comes down to Kittle versus Kelce.
It’s not a bad competition. The two certainly enjoy each other and have sparked a friendly rivalry over the past few years, even joining forces at Tight End University this offseason. But for Kittle to achieve the mark, he’ll have to maintain his prolific yardage totals showcased earlier in his career while maintaining his blocking prowess and adding onto the average number of touchdowns he’s scored in each season thus far.
That won’t be easy with Kelce continuing his prolific career.
That said, it’s still fair to say Kittle is the better-rounded tight end of the two, and Kittle has done far more with a lesser offensive cast than Kelce. Perhaps that’ll weigh into the equation as well.
Provided Kittle stays healthy, of course, and the 49ers offense continues to feature him.