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Kittle wants 49ers to use Reed in wild four-tight end sets

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The 49ers figure to keep four tight ends among their 53-man roster, and All-Pro George Kittle on Thursday seemed to challenge coach Kyle Shanahan’s innovative skills.

“We have a lot of weapons in the tight end room, and a good four tight-end set, I think would be very good on Sundays,” Kittle said during a video call with Bay Area reporters.

Kittle, Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner, a sixth-round draft pick, have been favorites to win roster spots for a while.

And once veteran tight end Jordan Reed was cleared to practice, he did not waste much time in showing his immense skills.

Reed broke into the NFL with Washington in 2013. Shanahan was his offensive coordinator. The offense has evolved a lot since then, but Reed is picking up things quickly, Kittle said.

Kittle has helped Reed with the assignments and techniques in the run game, while Reed has a lot to offer everyone in the room with his skills as a route-runner and pass-catcher.

“He had a choice route, and basically made a guy almost fall over in the stadium,” Kittle said.

“How he puts his feet down on his releases and how smooth he is when he runs, it’s just awesome to see that again because that’s the guy I watched on film from a couple years ago.”

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Reed has played in just 65 games in his career. In 2014, he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.


“Just to see he still has it, and he looks really good doing it,” Kittle said. “It’s just fun. He’s been very vocal in our meetings. He’s learning really well.”