Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury on what makes George Kittle so impressive
The Arizona Cardinals will be the first team to face the tough task of slowing down George Kittle in Week 1 of the 2020 season. Even though he’ll be game-planning ways to defend him on Sunday, Kliff Kingsbury explained what impresses him the most about George Kittle.
“When you watch him, the thing that I love is his intensity. Him and Kelce and Gronk, they play with such an intensity. Whether it’s blocking or running, you can see Kittle’s passion for the game. He’s excited when other players are making plays, and his teammates feed off that. He’s a tremendous talent, and I think he’ll go down as one of the best ever if he stays healthy. I haven’t seen anybody stop him no matter what they try to do to him. He still gets open”
In the past two seasons, after being taken in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Kittle has cemented himself as arguably the best all-around tight end in the NFL. The All-Pro tight end for the San Francisco 49ers has averaged 86 receptions for 1,215 yards and five touchdowns in the past two seasons alone.
Besides being a lethal receiving threat, Kittle is a remarkable blocker in the run game. Due to his versatility, Kittle became the highest-paid tight end in the NFL this offseason.
On Sunday, in the first week of the season, Kingsbury’s Cardinals will be tasked with defending George Kittle. Seeing that Arizona selected Isaiah Simmons in the 2020 NFL Draft, we could see the rookie matchup with the two-time Pro Bowler. Regardless of what the Cardinals do, Kingsbury knows it won’t be easy to prevent Kittle from making an impact in the game.