Kittle pulled in two of his four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Lions.
Kittle saw far fewer targets than his impressive Week 1 showing (5-9-90), due in large part to a game script that had the 49ers chewing clock for the majority of the second half. The 24-year-old was targeted in the end zone for what would have been a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but Lions safety Quandre Diggs held on to Kittle's jersey and took a holding penalty once he knew he was beat, eliminating what looked to be a sure score. Fellow tight end Garrett Celek ended up converting a red-zone touchdown later in the game, a vulture situation that could become a nuisance at times for Kittle's fantasy owners. That said, the sophomore is still viewed as the top tight end in San Francisco, and he possesses a far higher offensive ceiling due to a combination of size and speed. Expect Kittle to be more involved in a potential aerial shootout against the Chiefs next week.
The second-year tight end was Jimmy Garoppolo's favorite target of the afternoon, with his impressive yardage total likely at least partly influenced by the fact Marquise Goodwin (quadriceps) spent time on the sidelines during the contest. Kittle displayed his impressive speed on several receptions, including his game-long 36-yard grab. It was an auspicious start to the campaign for a player many believe will take a considerable leap in his sophomore campaign, one he'll look to build on in a Week 2 matchup against the Lions.
Kittle won't suit up for anymore preseason games after separating his shoulder against the Cowboys on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Although there's no structural damage to Kittle's shoulder, he'll need rest to ensure it heals correctly. Kittle had 43 receptions for 515 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie campaign. His 6-foot-4, 250-pound frame earned him 16 red-zone targets -- six of which were with Jimmy Garoppolo under center -- as well
Kittle prematurely exited Thursday's preseason opener with an unspecified shoulder injury, but it seems the 49ers offense dodged a bullet. While the tight end could still be held out for the remainder of the preseason, there doesn't seem to be any concern over Kittle's availability for Week 1 of the regular season.
Kittle was removed from Thursday's preseason game against Dallas after taking a hard hit in the first quarter, later walking to the locker room with his right arm pinned to his body. A serious injury would be a major blow to the San Francisco offense, after Kittle finished his rookie season with 194 receiving yards over the final three weeks. Garrett Celek will step in as the 49ers' top tight end while Kittle is unavailable.
|3||9/23/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|6||10/15/18||@ GB||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||15||7||43||515||12.0||44||2||8||1||22|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||2||7||112||16.0||36||0||1||0||5|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||2||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|