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Golden Nuggets: George Kittle and run blocking

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George Kittle was always a high-end athlete. At the University of Iowa, Kittle held mostly every weightlifting or athletic testing record for tight ends. That was after strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle got his hands on Kittle. In the video below, Kittle says he arrived at Iowa City weighing at 200 pounds, and Doyle told him the only way he was going to see the field was if he learned how to run block. Kittle said that stuck with him, and boy did it ever. Here are a few clips from Kittle in college. He was always skilled:

Here is the video with clips from Brian Baldinger of NFL Network:

Pro Football Focus has been high on Kittle since his Iowa days as well. They recently wrote this blurb on the San Francisco 49ers star tight end:

We weren’t even that high on Kittle, as he ended up 70th on our draft board, but found the value absurdly good once he slipped out of the third round. Little did we realize he’d last all the way to the 5th and 146 overall. This past season he broke the PFF record for yards after the catch – regardless of position.

Here are some links:

10 newcomers we expect to make an immediate impact in 2019 (Renner, PFF)

MythBusters: Is a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo automatically the answer for the 49ers? (Doug Farrar, USA TODAY)

49ers legend Joe Montana selling Calistoga ranch property for $3.1M (Kleinschmidt, NBC)

49ers training camp roster preview: Quarterbacks (Madson, Niners Wire)

3 second-year 49ers who’ll break out in 2019 (Peter Panacy, Niners Noise)

Top-25 quarterbacks of all-time (Elliot Harrison,

Around the NFL

Who was your sports hero growing up? (ESPN)

The 2019 NFL All-Retirement team: Gronk leads a stacked team (Jeremey Fowler, ESPN)

Five NFL teams stuck in neutral (Connor Orr, SI)

Steelers, Packers among top five sleepers in 2019; Dak 2.0? (, Bucky Brooks)

NFL Youngsters Who Could Still Blossom into Stars (Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report)