Kittle joined The Rich Eisen Show and was asked about what it has been like playing with the seven-time Pro Bowler (h/t NBC Bay Area):
“I don’t have to play very well and when we play next to each other, it’s still going to look really good. You’ll work on your double teams, doubling the defensive end up to a linebacker, I don’t know if he needs me to block both of them, that’s what’s so cool. I feel like I’m just the icing on top when it comes to any time I block with him. He makes my job easy, and he’s incredibly fast. He’s just fun to be in a huddle with too, I just appreciate his knowledge and just how much the game means to him. You can just see it every time he steps on the field. He’s done great in our locker room, and I think it’s going to be really fun to play with him all year.”
Williams sat out all of the 2019 campaign due to a dispute with the Washington Football Team after legendary 49er Joe Staley announced his retirement. The 32-year-old was acquired at the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for a pair of draft picks. PFF gave Williams had a pass-blocking grade of 80.7 in 2018 and an overall grade of 75.6
Known for his athleticism, Williams will keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s blindside protected. Lining up next to Kittle will it make difficult for opposing defenses to disrupt the Niners’ offense. Kittle is an elite blocker for a tight end, which will help as the 49ers deal with injuries to their interior lineman.
Eisen also asked Kittle about the challenges the league faces trying to play out the season during a pandemic. The tight end is optimistic things will go smoothly as the league prepares for Week 1:
“I guess, at the end of the day, you just have to be responsible. If you want to play football, then you have to follow these rules. You can’t ruin it for anyone else, and I think if all the teams and all the players do that, 100 percent I think there’s going to be a season. I know there are variables with traveling and hotels and stuff like that, but the way we have it set up here, it gives me a lot of faith that it could actually get done.”
It will be interesting to see how the NFL handles positive cases for players. We have seen Major League Baseball cancel games due to numerous players from one team testing positive. The NBA and NHL’s bubble format have proven successful so far, but the logistics seem like it would have been difficult for the NFL to pull off considering roster sizes, staff, and scheduling.