Tight end George Kittle, a fifth-round pick in April and one of the 49ers’ most prolific pass catchers in the offseason, is day-to-day with a hamstring strain.
Kittle is one of seven 49ers who have come up limping over the first three and half days of training camp. The group includes starting safeties Jimmie Ward (hamstring) and Eric Reid (ankle) and cornerback Keith Reaser (knee). Reaser has been battling Dontae Johnnson to become one of the team’s starting outside cornerbacks. Both Reid and Reaser are listed as day to day; Ward is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and may not be back in action for two more weeks.
Other ailing 49ers include rookie linebacker Jimmie Gilbert (knee), interior offensive lineman JP Flynn (knee) and receiver B.J. Johnson III (hamstring).
Kittle tuurned in perhaps the best catch of the spring and training camp during Saturday’s session when the quarterback had to loft a pass over fellow rookie Reuben Foster, who was in coverage. The throw was nearly out of Kittle's reach, too, but he put one hand up, twisted in the air and while falling was able to secure the one-handed grab against his body.
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Kittle has been a favorite target early on, and coming from Iowa’s pro style offense, he also is an accomplished blocker. If his injury does not linger, he seems like a shoe-in to make the final roster. Blake Bell, Garrett Celek, Cole Hikutini, Vance McDonald and Logan Paulsen are vying for perhaps two more spots.