George Kittle eager to debut

George Kittle can't wait to make his debut


After finally being given the go-ahead by the San Francisco 49ers, star tight end George Kittle says he can't wait to play his first game of the season. 

< p>Bothered by a groin injury, Kittle was forced to miss the first two weeks of activity on the Goodell circuit. 49ers (1-1) head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to ESPN that the three-time Pro Bowler in five NFL seasons will be in the starting lineup on Sunday. 

“He's ready. He got better every day. It is an integral part of our air and ground attack. We will have to help him get back into shape because he hasn't played for a long time […], but he has been one of our best players for several years.”

Kittle will try to give the Denver Broncos (1-1) defense nightmares at Empower Field at Mile High. He also had his best night of his career against those same Broncos, in 2018, when he had gained 210 yards and scored a touchdown in a 20-14 victory.

“I'm pretty happy,” said the 28-year-old Wisconsinan. It's like a breath of fresh air. It's a great feeling to be back on the pitch and the guys.

“I'm thrilled to be back and able to catch balls, wear full gear and tackle people.”

The “Niners” will certainly be relieved to find one of their best offensive weapons, especially after the serious injury suffered by quarterback Trey Lance. Behind center, backup center Jimmy Garoppolo will be able to benefit from a better quality target.

In 2021, Kittle caught 71 of 94 balls thrown in his direction and had 910 yards in 14 games. He also had a career-high six touchdowns in the NFL.