SANTA CLARA — George Kittle has it made.
The 49ers’ young tight end gained 1,377 receiving yards in 2018, setting the NFL single-season record for most receiving yards at his position. And he’s only 25. When he speaks to the media these days, he exudes the charm and confidence of a Hollywood star giving an interview on late-night television.
“I’m not really a guy who sets personal goals,” Kittle said modestly during OTAs. “If we’re winning games, I could have no catches. As long as we do well in the run game, I’ll be happy. I just wait until Coach Shanahan tells me which plays I’m going to catch and run for 80 yards, and I take advantage of those plays.”
Kittle grinned and chuckled as if he were bantering with Jimmy Kimmel. A star downplaying his own greatness.
Most football analysts expect Kittle will have another fantastic season in 2019, because he’s a fantastic player who still is improving. But despite all of that, his numbers may take a significant hit.
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