San Francisco 49ers

49ers’ George Kittle leads NFL in yards gained per route at TE

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the 49ers’ quarterback situation lately, namely about which quarterback will take the reigns on Sunday against the Texans, starter Jimmy Garoppolo or rookie Trey Lance.

But what about the 49ers’ pass-catchers? They’ve had one heck of a season thus far, especially when you limit the conversation to wide receiver Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle.

Taking the case of Kittle into account, he’s the NFL’s leader in yards gained per route run amongst his fellow tight ends, according to Jacob Gibbs of CBS Sports.

Kittle had been on a hot streak until the loss against the Titans, and the 49ers will need him to be efficient on Sunday, no matter who is throwing him the football. San Francisco is in the thick of the playoff race but needs to win its last two games to ensure a spot in the NFL’s tournament.

With Garoppolo’s thumb injury, it’s anybody’s guess which quarterback will play Sunday. And one has to figure that the signal-caller will have an impact on Kittle’s performance, too. Coach Kyle Shanahan certainly has a big decision on his hands. Luckily for him, he has some elite talent in Kittle and Samuel to help him make it through this vital stretch.

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