49ers' George Kittle projected to have second-most yards by tight ends

49ers' George Kittle projected to have second-most yards by tight ends

As George Kittle waits to sign a monster contract extension with the 49ers, he'll let his play on the field do all the talking for now.

The star tight end is expected to be Jimmy Garoppolo's go-to target once again when the 2020 NFL season eventually begins. But just how many receiving yards will Kittle rack up in his fourth season? 

Pro Football Focus projects Kittle to have the second-most receiving yards for a tight end this upcoming season. Their projected leader is a bit of a surprise, though. Many would expect Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs to be ahead of Kittle, but PFF has him third on the list. Instead, it's Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews. 

Kittle's 2,430 receiving yards over the last two seasons are second-best for tight ends behind only Kelce. The 26-year-old also set the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end (1,377) in 2018, even though Garoppolo missed all but three games with a torn ACL. 

This past season, Kittle put up 1,053 receiving yards despite missing two games to leg injuries. He averaged 75.2 receiving yards per game in 2019. If Kittle were to maintain that for all 16 games, he would have had 1,203 receiving yards.

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Andrews, 23, had 852 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season. As MVP Lamar Jackson carved up defenses, Andrews became one of his top targets. There certainly is reason to believe he can add even more yards this year. 

Even if Kittle isn't the leading receiver among tight ends, he still will be incredibly valuable for the 49ers as a blocker. Kittle is second to none when it comes to the best all-around tight end in football.

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Watch 49ers' George Kittle bench press a ridiculous amount in workout

Watch 49ers' George Kittle bench press a ridiculous amount in workout

If you want to know how strong George Kittle is, you can just ask Marcus Williams.

If you don't have the ability to contact an NFL safety and/or don't want to troll one on social media while trying to do so, you can just watch this video of the 49ers tight end bench-pressing a ridiculous amount of weight courtesy of trainer Josh Cuthbert.

That's five plates on each side of the bar, which Cuthbert said in a comment on his post added up to 375 pounds.

So, Kittle could bench press new 49ers left tackle Trent Williams' listed weight on the team website ... and still have 55 pounds to work with.

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Cuthbert conspiculously included the hashtag #PayGeorgeKittle, referring to the star tight end's contract extension negotiations with the 49ers. Kittle didn't share that post on his Instagram story, which shouldn't be much of a surprise considering his prior comments about not wanting to hold out.

“Being a captain, I want to be there for my team and I need to show the right leadership skills,” Kittle said.

Even if Kittle did hold out, it'd be hard to argue against the example that video would set from a distance.

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It's not clear if Kittle and the 49ers will agree to a contract extension before training camp is scheduled to begin later this month. NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported last month that the two sides haven't appeared to make much progress.

If and when Kittle reaches an agreement with the 49ers, they'll know he pretty easily could bench-press the table it's signed upon.

49ers' Trent Taylor hilariously trolled by teammates for muscle pose

49ers' Trent Taylor hilariously trolled by teammates for muscle pose

The 49ers love to rip on one another, and no player's Instagram posts are safe.

Exhibit No. 4,949 (give or take)? Trent Taylor's thirst trap Instagram photo from earlier this week.

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Based on the picture above, you surely know what followed.

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Taylor didn't play a single game in 2019, missing all of the season due to complications with his injured foot. You wouldn't know that reading the comments, though.

The 26-year-old slot receiver was a fixture at the 49ers' player-organized workouts earlier in the offseason, rebuilding a connection with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that was so strong in 2017. Taylor could play a big role this season, considering Deebo Samuel and Richie James' offseason injuries.

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The 49ers hope Taylor can reach his 2017 level, and some big performances surely would lead to more Instagram posts.

That, more than anything, might be why his teammates want to see Taylor succeed.