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Cheap Solomon Thomas Jersey , analysts raved over the tight end class as being one of the best in recent memory. The common names that were tossed out were Alabama’s O.J. Howard, Ole Miss’ Evan Engram, Miami’s David Njoku, Virginia Tech’s Bucky Hodges and Michigan’s Jake Butt.Yet, the ninth tight end that was selected during draft weekend looks to become the best of his class. Iowa’s TE George Kittle was selected 146th in 2017, but looks to one of the 49ers’ best draft picks in the John Lynch-Kyle Shanahan era.A year and a half into his short career, Kittle’s already distanced himself from his draft peers and is putting himself in a class with the best tight ends in the league. After his dynamic, one-handed catch and run for 71 yards against the Raiders on Thursday Night Football, the national audience began to wonder where Kittle ranks among the league’s elite. In terms of pass-catching and run-blocking, there’s only one player better at this position and that’s Kansas City TE Travis Kelce. Outside of Missouri Cheap DeForest Buckner Jersey , Kittle is the best all-around tight end in the NFL. Among tight ends who have at least 20 catches, Kittle is tied with Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard in averaging 16.9 yards per catch. The 49ers’ second-year tight end is third in catches (41), just trailing Kelce (51) and Eagles’ Zach Ertz (61). Despite having 20 fewer grabs than Ertz, Kittle still leads him in overall receiving yards (692). The former Iowa product also has the longest play from scrimmage, an 82-yard touchdown run against the Chargers a few weeks back. Kittle also has 31 catches for first downs and his first-down rate of 76% leads the league for any tight end with 25 catches on the season. Kittle’s ball security has also been exemplary, as he hasn’t put the ball on the ground yet this season, despite catching a lot of passes right around defenders. Here’s the kicker: Kelce has been playing all season long with MVP candidate QB Patrick Mahomes and Ertz has been catching passes for a majority of the season from QB Carson Wentz. After the first few weeks, Kittle has been in a run-happy offense led by the likes of QBs C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens. Imagine what the ex-Iowa tight end would be doing if he had been playing with QB Jimmy Garoppolo this entire time. Once again, that’s only half of it. Kittle’s run-blocking has been outstanding, so he’s not just a bigger wide receiver http://www.49erscheapstore.com/k_waun-williams-jersey-cheap , but he can also line up inside and be a three-down tight end for any team in the league.Per Pro Football Focus, Kittle is the third-ranked tight end with a grade of 88.1. His run-blocking grade is third among all tight ends in the league, so the 49ers are getting one of the best pass-catching and run-blocking tight ends in one package. It doesn’t hurt that he leads the league with 2.70 yards per route run, either.The sky is the limit for the second-year player and with Garoppolo’s eventual return in 2019, Kittle’s numbers should only grow as he becomes an even better player. The 49ers struck gold with this pick in the fifth round and Kyle Shanahan couldn’t have asked for a better tight end in his offense. The Latest on Colin Kaepernick's Nike deal. (all times local):5:25 p.m.President Donald Trump says Nike is sending a "terrible message" by making Colin Kaepernick part of a new ad campaign tied to the 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" series.Trump told The Daily Caller that "there's no reason for it" but he also feels Nike's ability to make its own business decisions "is what this country is all about."Trump has been a frequent critic of protesting NFL players. He has loudly urged the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.The Republican president is also a key figure in Kaepernick's grievance case against the league. Some NFL owners have said Trump made clear to them his feelings about demonstrations during the anthem and his intention to continue to raise the issue.Kaepernick is arguing the owners colluded to keep him off any roster.4:45 p.m.An NFL executive says the social justice issues raised by Colin Kaepernick and other football players "deserve our attention and action."Jocelyn Moore is the league's executive vice president of communications and public affairs. She said Tuesday that the NFL embraces the role of players and others in the game to promote "meaningful, positive change in our communities."The statement is the league's first since Nike and the former 49ers quarterback announced he would be part of a new ad campaign tied to the 30th anniversary of the famed "Just Do It" series. Kaepernick tweeted an image Monday that said: "Believe in something. even if it means sacrificing everything."Moore's statement came with a detailed breakdown of things players and league executives have done together to learn about and address social issues, including community meetings, lobbying and financially supporting local programs.12:45 p.m.Country singer John Rich of Big & Rich is criticizing Nike for hiring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a new ad campaign and posted a picture of cut up Nike socks.Rich tweeted on Monday night that a member of his crew cut the trademark swoosh off his socks and that he was also planning to burn them. Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.In a series of tweets that continued Tuesday, Rich Youth Richard Sherman Jersey , who was also on "The Celebrity Apprentice," said he supported the right to protest, but that Nike lost his support when they endorsed Kaepernick.9:35 a.m.Nike's stock is falling in early trading on Tuesday following an announcement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with the athletic clothing and footwear maker.Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an "All American Icon."Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract.The NFL and Nike extended their partnership in March to run through 2028. Nike provides all NFL teams with game-day uniforms and sideline apparel that bears the swoosh logo.Shares of Nike Inc. dropped 2 percent.
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