The 49ers are hosting Florida State wide receiver Auden Tate on a pre-visit Wednesday at the team’s training complex in Santa Clara, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Tate (6-foot-5, 228 pounds) declared for the NFL Draft after catching 40 passes for 548 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.
He finished his college career with five receptions for 84 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl.
Tate has the height and long arms to be a red-zone target, but the biggest question is his ability to separate. His draft stock seemingly slipped considerably at the NFL Scouting Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds – the second-slowest time of the 37 wide receivers who ran.
You likely were impressed with George Kittle's sophomore season with the 49ers, in which he set the NFL single-season record for most receiving yards by a tight end.
But perhaps you'll be even more impressed upon learning Kittle set that record after fracturing his rib cartilage midway through the season.
Kittle said he suffered the injury on the third play of the 49ers' Week 9 win over the Raiders, in which he caught four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. One of those receptions was with one hand for a 71-yard gain.
Despite the injury, Kittle still played in all 16 games and was on the field for nearly 88 percent of all snaps. Over the final five contests, he averaged 110.8 yards on 6.4 catches per game.
"It was fun, I guess," Kittle said of overcoming the injury. "I don't know, it's just something you play with."
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Given how he performed with the injury, the 49ers have to be feeling great about what a fully healthy Kittle could provide in the season ahead.
It's officially prediction season. The 49ers' schedule for the 2019 regular season was released on Wednesday, and there are plenty of interesting matchups.
Entering Year 3 of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch at the helm, the 49ers look to build upon a disappointing 4-12 season. Will they be playoff contenders or find themselves at selecting at the top of the draft again?
With some solid additions in free agency, a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo and the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, we expect a promising season.
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