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49ers' George Kittle again follows Jimmy Garoppolo jokes with praise

49ers' George Kittle again follows Jimmy Garoppolo jokes with praise

George Kittle is a vocal supporter of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but that doesn't mean the tight end is above clowning on his teammate. 

Yes, Kittle has gone on the record to defend Garoppolo from criticism and to praise the QB's leadership.  Of course, Kittle has also ripped Garoppolo's texting ability and even used childhood photos of the signal-caller as his background on video calls. 

Humans contain multitudes, and Kittle covered the full range of his in his relationship with Garoppolo during an interview with Matt Maiocco on the "49ers Insider Podcast" earlier this week. 

"Well, he's a slightly better texter, but he's still pretty terrible," Kittle told Maiocco. "His jawline still looks incredible, but he does throw a tight spiral and he's usually on the money for that."

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"It was fun seeing him out there again," Kittle said. "It was fun to catch from him. I've been in Nashville with [49ers backup QB C.J. Beathard], so it's been awesome to have a Niners quarterback throwing me the ball. But being able to catch from Jimmy and Nick again was definitely awesome. Jimmy's hummin', and it's just fun to see."

Garoppolo targeted Kittle 120 times in the 2019 regular season and playoffs, and the tight end was 21 clear of the next-closest pass-catcher (Deebo Samuel) despite missing two games. The quarterback and his roast-inclined target haven't had too many chances to link up this offseason, since the 49ers and the rest of the NFL haven't held any team-run practices or workouts due to the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Kittle worked out with Garoppolo in Nashville, Tenn. last month alongside 14 other 49ers. One player reportedly tested positive, and the NFL Players Association medical director advised against players conducting group workouts a day after the report. The NFL and NFLPA reportedly haven't agreed when training camps will start, so it's unclear when Kittle will catch passes from Garoppolo next. 

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Still, the All-Pro tight end was impressed with what he saw of Garoppolo in their limited time together. 

Kittle is yet to sign a contract extension with the 49ers, but he said he didn't hold out because he was concerned what message he'd send as a captain. I wonder if his love-joke relationship with Garoppolo surely had something to do with it, too. 

NFL rumors: Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract

NFL rumors: Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract

The 49ers reportedly reached a contract agreement Monday with a tight end not named George Kittle.

The 49ers agreed to a one-year deal with former Washington tight end Jordan Reed, 30, who has not played in the regular season since the 2018 season. Injuries have plagued Reed throughout his six-year playing career. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports his contract with the 49ers is an incentive-laden.

Reed's best season came in 2015, when he appeared in a career-high 14 games. He caught 87 for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Reed sustained his seventh documented concussion in August 2019 in Washington’s third preseason game. He did not play in any games last season, and Washington released him in February.

Reed played his rookie season of 2013 with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 to ’13. He was a third-round draft pick from Florida.

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Reed joins a group of 49ers tight ends that includes All-Pro George Kittle, whose agent is in negotiations with the 49ers for a lucrative, long-term contract. Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and rookies Charlie Woerner and Chase Harrell are the other tight ends on the 49ers’ roster.

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49ers mascot gets in on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle T-shirt fun

49ers mascot gets in on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle T-shirt fun

The bond between Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle is one to be admired. It's also one you want to be a part of.

The 49ers quarterback and star tight end have a close friendship, one that involves trolling via Zoom backgrounds and, of course, custom shirts with pictures of the other on them.

Garoppolo wore a shirt with a picture of Kittle on it when he arrived at training camp, and the 49ers' mascot Sourdough Sam apparently wanted to get in on the shirt action as he sported one with a picture of Garoppolo on it Sunday.

49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor, who also is close with Garoppolo and Kittle, felt a little left out when QB1 arrived wearing a shirt with Kittle on it. Kittle, naturally, had the appropriate response to Taylor's gripe.

Garoppolo and Kittle have become close friends during their time together in the Bay, but not good enough for Kittle to pick up Garoppolo's phone call after the tight end was named as the No. 7 player in the NFL by his peers. A missed call that Kittle rightfully was ribbed for.

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With Sourdough Sam in on the fun, now we just have to wait and see what Kittle is sporting when he arrives at the 49ers' facility.

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