Kittle dismisses 49ers having ‘too many mouths to feed’ situation initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Bayarea
SANTA CLARA — Time and time once more, irrespective of the game, perceived “tremendous groups” have failed to satisfy expectations. Accidents at all times are a roadblock. Generally chemistry combusts as an alternative of forming the right potion. Issues can also come up from there merely being one ball, making it inconceivable to make everybody joyful.
With the 49ers’ acquisition of Christian McCaffrey, plus Deebo Samuel and Elijah Mitchell each being wholesome for San Francisco’s Sunday night time showdown with the Los Angeles Chargers, the Niners now have a plethora of talent gamers that coach Kyle Shanahan can provide the ball to. Can that flip into an issue?
Tight finish George Kittle protests that notion.
“I hold getting requested, ‘Are there too many mouths to feed?’ I do not suppose so,” Kittle mentioned Thursday after 49ers follow. “So long as you are profitable video games, I do not actually suppose there’s too many mouths to feed. I believe we’ve loads of guys who could make loads of performs.”
The 49ers’ final recreation earlier than having fun with a bye week was a terrific instance of Kittle’s evaluation. McCaffrey placed on a present meant for a celebrity within the 49ers’ 31-14 win. The do-it-all working again carried the ball 18 occasions for 94 yards and one landing. He caught eight go for 55 yards and one other landing. To high it off, McCaffrey pulled off the unthinkable, throwing the ball as soon as for a 34-yard landing.
He wasn’t alone, although.
Receiver Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving yards with 81 on six catches, and was on the receiving finish of McCaffrey’s landing toss. Kittle himself put the icing on the cake within the win, hauling in a 7-yard landing go from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
All that got here with out Samuel or Mitchell. All eyes shall be on how Shanahan makes use of McCaffrey and Samuel, two of essentially the most versatile offensive gamers within the NFL, Sunday night time towards the Chargers at Levi’s Stadium. Each gamers can choose aside a protection out of the backfield or lining up as a receiver. Including Mitchell to the backfield is one other bonus as properly.
Mitchell hasn’t been on the sector since sustaining an MCL harm within the season opener. Final season, Mitchell stepped in after Raheem Mostert went right down to a knee harm within the first recreation. His rookie yr was held 11 video games on account of accidents, however he nonetheless ran for 963 yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging 87.5 speeding yards per recreation and 4.7 yards per carry.
Even fullback Kyle Juszczyk is usually a weapon, catching the ball or gaining yards on the bottom.
The place’s the issue? That is what Kittle needs to know.
“I believe our recreation plan does job of spreading that ball out and getting the ball to the fellows who make these performs, whether or not it is Deebo, Aiyuk, Christian, Juice, me, Elijah,” Kittle mentioned. “I simply suppose we’ve guys who’re going to make performs, and our recreation plan this week provides us a possibility to do this.”
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When Kittle broke the single-season receiving yards report for a good finish in 2018 with 1,377, the 49ers received a grand complete of 4 video games. He has been on the shedding finish of a Tremendous Bowl and the shedding finish of an NFC Championship Recreation, as have so many different 49ers stars. McCaffrey, the newest sensation of the group, has made the playoffs as soon as.
That was throughout his rookie yr in 2017, which additionally was the one time his staff completed with double-digit wins.
Each mouth will want a chunk or two. Some greater than others. Every win will make all of it price it.
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