49ers news: George Kittle surpasses 3,000 receiving yards in 47 career games

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle entered tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with 2,989 career regular-season receiving yards, just 11 yards shy of the 3,000-yard milestone. He surpassed that mark in the first quarter and did so in only 47 career games.

Kittle tied Rob Gronkowski for the third-fewest games played by a tight end in NFL history to reach 3,000 receiving yards. Mike Ditka and Kellen Winslow tied for the fastest to reach 3,000 yards by a tight end, doing so in 45 games.

The 49ers made Kittle a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa in 2017. The team locked him up to a five-year, $75 million contract extension in August.

Fewest games to 3,000 rec. yds. by a TE
Player Games
1t. Mike Ditka 45
Kellen Winslow 45
3t. George Kittle 47
Rob Gronkowski 47
5 Jimmy Graham 49

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