May 8, 2021

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George Kittle toasted on 49ers draft: ‘I trust Kyle and John to make the right decision’



George Kittle is one of the new spokespersons for Kingsford 100% Wood Pellets. With his new campaign, Sporting News had the opportunity to toast the 49ers on what he thinks coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch could do for his team in the 2021 NFL Draft from Thursday evening.

“I’m going to spend most of the time trying to text Kyle and John and ask them who we’re writing down, just for fun. I really don’t watch the draft unless it is. we who make the choices, ”Kittle told SN. “I’m just going to get these early updates and follow them on Twitter and see what happens. This is what it is.”

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Kittle played with several quarterbacks during his four seasons in San Francisco after being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft. He had a good relationship with Jimmy Garoppolo, but Garoppolo, suffering from a new ankle injury, has forced the 49ers to play Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard again as quarterback in 2020.

Now Mullens and Beathard are former 49ers, and Garoppolo might be too soon after the draft. The 49ers will take on a franchise quarterback at No. 3 overall, likely Mac Jones of Alabama over Trey Lance of North Dakota State and Justin Fields of Ohio State.

Kittle is ready to roll in any direction Shanahan and Lynch plan to take on the Niners’ passing game and offense as a whole.

“That’s how football is. You want all of your best players out there 24-7,” Kittle said. “Unfortunately we didn’t have this last year with all of our injuries, it was a revolving door to a bunch of positions. I would rather have consistency, someone on the pitch with me all season.

“I trust Kyle and John to make the right decision to improve our team, whether they draft a quarterback, another tight end, a lineman, whatever it is. best soccer player … to help the team. “

Kittle’s spot at Kingsford called “King of the Smoke Ring” is a lot of fun, as it turns the grill into a professional wrestling throw with Lions tight end TJ Hockenson, his former Iowa teammate. Kittle even channels into his interior Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at the end.

“When I came into the league and had a good grill, I liked using wood pellets, because it’s so easy and it’s better,” Kittle said. “The fact that I grill four nights a week was obvious to me and I jumped on that relationship.”

Kittle said he learned much of his grilling skills from his father and one day hopes to make the same level of chicken breast. Kittle’s favorite grilling combination is bacon-wrapped fillet, Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes. With everything he does, Kittle knows one thing for sure: “I’m definitely better than TJ at the grill and tailgating.”

Emerging as one of the most dominant players in the NFL, Kittle has shown fans that he really enjoys having a good time off the field, which has also made him one of the most popular players in the game. league.

“I’m surprised at that, yeah. I’m not trying to do anything more. I just try to be myself every day. It has worked out well for me,” Kittle said. “I think people connect with my positivity and optimism – and I’m a little awkward. I’m a kid at heart and I love the little things. I just try to be genuine and people appreciate it. that. “