San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle won’t be in action Sunday against the Jets. This was confirmed by head coach Kyle Shanahan.
The All-Pro tight end hyperextended his knee last Sunday against the Cardinals, and had been limited in practice this week. Shanahan stated that Kittle was staying behind to rehab but will join the team next week with the hope of playing.
Last week, against the Cardinals, Kittle was largely ineffective. He had just four catches for 44-yards, although he caught all of his targets. This is an oddly low output from a tight end who, last year, hauled in 85 catches for 1053 yards.
Ross Dwelley will take more snaps at the tight end spot in relief of Kittle. However, in the last two years combined, he’s managed just 17 catches. Look for more of an impact from Kyle Jusczcyk during Kittle’s absence.
It is impossible to overstate the impact Kittle being out will have on the 49ers. The Jets have no one capable of guarding him. They only gave up two catches for 26 yards to Dawson Knox last week, however he is nowhere near the same caliber of player.
Luckily, the 49ers seemed to lean on their backs in the passing game last week. They should be able to duplicate this success again as they lean on Raheem Mostert, who racked up 151 all-purpose yards last week.