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49ers tight end George Kittle has NFL's highest Pro Football Focus grade

49ers tight end George Kittle has NFL's highest Pro Football Focus grade

Through the first four weeks of the 2019 regular season, 49ers tight end George Kittle has been the best player in the NFL. Well, at least according to Pro Football Focus. 

Kittle's 92.7 PFF grade is the highest in the NFL, regardless of position. 

While Kittle's numbers might be down from his historic season last year, his production is not. The 25-year-old has 17 receptions for 165 yards for the 3-0 49ers, but has yet to score a touchdown. He leads San Francisco in receptions (17), targets (21) and yards receiving (165). 

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo keeps targeting Kittle, and the sure-handed tight end nearly is hauling in everything his QB throws. Kittle has an 81 percent catch rate, up from 64.7 percent last season. And even though he's averaging just 55 receiving yards per game -- down from 86.1 in 2018 -- his 5.7 receptions per game slightly are higher than his 5.5 a season ago. 

What can't be seen in the stats, however, is where Kittle really impacts the 49ers' offense. Despite him breaking the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end last season with 1,377, Kittle has become an elite blocker. 

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Taken by the 49ers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kittle quickly has become a star and one of the best all-around players in the league. He made his first Pro Bowl last season, and he should receive plenty more accolades down the road. 

Kittle and the rest of the 49ers will look to stay undefeated Monday night when they host the Cleveland Browns at Levi's Stadium.

49ers GM John Lynch sees a lot of room for Jimmy Garoppolo to grow

49ers GM John Lynch sees a lot of room for Jimmy Garoppolo to grow

INDIANAPOLIS – General manager John Lynch slammed the door Tuesday on any speculation the 49ers could look to move on from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

“We’re extremely proud of Jimmy and committed to Jimmy moving forward,” Lynch said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s our guy.”

Garoppolo, 28, started more than five games for the first time in his career last season, as he started all 16 regular-season games and three games in the postseason. Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards and 27 touchdowns in the regular season, as the 49ers won the NFC West and clinched homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs with a 13-3 record.

“From the day he walked into our building, he made us better and we continue to feel that’s the case, and that’s the most exciting thing about him, is the room for growth,” Lynch said. “He has not come close to hitting the ceiling. I think the room for growth, the more experience he gets in this system, the more experience he gets playing, in general, we think the arrow’s up, and that’s a good thing.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo may have faced unreasonable expectations at the beginning of the season after returning from a torn ACL in his left knee that limited him to just three games in 2018.

“I thought there was as much pressure on him at the beginning of the year as anyone I’ve been around,” Shanahan said. “And he just took it, handled it all year and got better throughout the year. I was very impressed by him.”

Garoppolo compiled passer ratings of better than 110.0 in seven of the 49ers’ final 10 games of the season. The club did not lean on Garoppolo in the team’s first two playoff games, as the 49ers controlled the games on the ground.

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In Super Bowl LIV, Garoppolo completed 18 of his first 21 pass attempts. But in the final 10 minutes, he went 2 of 10 for 24 yards with an interception and a sack as the 49ers blew a 20-10 fourth-quarter lead in a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“He had his first full season as a starter in the NFL and he ended up in the Super Bowl,” Lynch said. “I know Jimmy feels the same way we all do. We left a little out there. That’s a shame. That’s something we’re going to have to deal with, really, for the rest of our lives. But nobody knows that more than him.

“I’m incredible proud, as is our entire organization, for the way he’s handled himself and the way he’s played and for the way he’s led our team.”

49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin announces birth of his daughter Marae

49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin announces birth of his daughter Marae

February 19 was a day Marquise Goodwin and his wife, Morgan, never will forget.

After suffering two miscarriages since November 2017, the Goodwins welcomed their daughter, Marae, to the world. Marquise announced the birth via his social media channels Sunday.

The Goodwins first revealed their pregnancy struggles to the world on Nov. 13, 2017, when the 49ers wide receiver caught an 83-yard touchdown pass shortly after Morgan delivered their stillborn son.

Goodwin blew a kiss to the sky and dropped to his knees after the score. After the game, he posted to Instagram explaining the tragedy that had befallen his family hours before the game.

In 2018, Goodwin had to fly home the day before the 49ers played in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers after Morgan had a miscarriage while carrying their twin boys. 

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Goodwin's future with the 49ers is uncertain, but for now, all that matters is he's a #GirlDad.