What George Kittle texted C.J. Beathard on draft day, more than 2 dozen Iowa players have their NFL jersey numbers and more
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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Thursday, May 4.
George Kittle, C.J. Beathard team up again
The San Francisco 49ers selected former Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard in the third round of the NFL draft late Friday night, then added Beathard’s former teammate, tight end George Kittle, two rounds later.
Beathard and Kittle committed to Iowa within two days of one another in 2012. They combined for 10 touchdowns and some of the Hawkeyes’ best offensive moments of the last two seasons. When the 49ers brass flew to Iowa City and worked out Beathard, the quarterback asked Kittle to run routes for him. It’s only fitting they were drafted by the same NFL club a day apart.
What will @HawkeyeFootball teammates C.J. Beathard & George Kittle bring to the 49ers?
Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz shares. https://t.co/C17bP3insX
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 3, 2017
Within minutes of Kittle being drafted on Saturday, he texted his quarterback.
“I sent him like the awkward face emoji,” Kittle said. “I’m just, ‘Hey, what’s up man?’ He just said, ‘Hey congrats. I can’t wait.’
“Getting to play with C.J. again will be awesome. It will be really nice because I think he’ll help me learn the offense pretty well. One thing about C.J. is he picks up on stuff really quickly, offenses. So I’ll be able to take stuff from him and what he’s looking for. Hopefully that will help me out in the learning process. I’m just really looking forward to sharing the field with him again.”
Both players ranked among Iowa’s most charismatic players in recent years. Both were genuine with how they dealt with everyone from their teammates to fans to media. Chances are, they’ll continue that approach — and reputation — with the 49ers.
Jersey numbers galore
Iowa could have as many as 35 players on NFL rosters entering training camp this summer. Outside of a few rookies, most of them have been assigned their jersey numbers.
Here’s a look at which players are on which NFL roster as of this week, their assigned position and their jersey number:
BUFFALO — S Micah Hyde (23)
BALTIMORE — G/T Marshal Yanda (73), DT Carl Davis (94)
CLEVELAND — LB Christian Kirksey (58)
HOUSTON — TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (87)
INDIANAPOLIS — C Austin Blythe (63), WR Tevaun Smith (17)
TENNESSEE — DL Karl Klug (97)
DENVER — C James Ferentz (53), LS Casey Kreiter (42), TE Henry Krieger Coble (84)
L.A. CHARGERS — CB Desmond King (36)
— Max Allen (@maxpallen) May 3, 2017
DALLAS — LB Anthony Hitchens (59)
N.Y. GIANTS — T Adam Gettis (60)
PHILADELPHIA — G/T Matt Tobin (64)
WASHINGTON — G Brandon Scherff (75)
GREEN BAY — T Bryan Bulaga (75), DT Mike Daniels (76)
MINNESOTA — DT Jaleel Johnson (94), T Riley Reiff (71), K Marshall Koehn (N/A)
ATLANTA — DE Adrian Clayborn (99), K Mike Meyer (6)
TAMPA BAY — CB Greg Mabin (N/A)
L.A. RAMS — T Andrew Donnal (64), DT Louis Trinca-Pasat (62)
Here are players who have agreed to terms or tryouts with NFL clubs who are not yet listed with their teams. Their uniform numbers are not yet available.
NEW ENGLAND — RB LeShun Daniels, T Cole Croston
HOUSTON — WR Riley McCarron
INDIANAPOLIS — TE Jake Duzey (tryout)
CAROLINA — CB B.J. Lowery (tryout)
Other free agents:
LB James Morris — Still officially a member of the Dallas Cowboys but not listed on roster.
DT Jonathan Babineaux — An unrestricted free agent after starting Super Bowl LI with the Atlanta Falcons.
On the track
Iowa senior hurdler Aaron Mallett was named the Big Ten track athlete of the week after an impressive weekend at the renowned Drake Relays. Mallett won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.47 seconds, which is tops in the Big Ten and fourth among NCAA hurdlers.
Mallett, who is from from St. Louis, was the Big Ten indoor champion in 60-meter hurdles this spring. He dashed in 7.63 seconds, breaking his own school record.
Hitting the links
- Attorneys made passionate closing arguments in the trial of former Iowa senior associate athletics director Jane Meyer’s lawsuit against Iowa. Read Mark Emmert’s account in The Des Moines Register or Erin Jordan’s story in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Cornerback Matt Hankins stayed with Iowa and spurned a late Michigan offer.
- Beware Iowa: Josh Allen’s Wyoming Cowboys await in the opener.
- Iowa guard Peter Jok, who led the Big Ten in scoring last season, earned an invitation to the NBA combine.
- Defensive tackle Faith Ekakitie could be the top pick in Sunday’s CFL draft.