You’d think at this point hearing about San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle getting accolades like making Pro Football Focus’ team of the week would get redundant, but it’s the little things to make this season shine dagnabbit!
So with that said, he’s back on PFF’s Team of the Week for Week 9. And it’s a good thing. He made it on that stupid catch and run alone. Kittle finished his night with 108 yards on just four receptions and a touchdown. An average of 27 yards per reception.
Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about the selection:
Kittle was a monster for the 49ers in their win over the Raiders on Thursday Night Football, averaging a ridiculous 6.35 yards per route run to lead all tight ends this week. On the year, Kittle leads all tight ends with a 2.70 yards per route run average.
Currently, PFF ranks Kittle first in yards/route run — two spots ahead of Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce, however, beats Kittle in total yards with 741 vs. Kittle’s 692. In terms of PFF’s receiving grades, Kittle ranks third behind Kelce and O.J. Howard.
Next up is the New York Giants. Kittle has consistently performed all season, but the Giants could present a modest challenge. Football Outsiders ranks them eighth in the NFL in defending tight ends. Who knows how this quarterback or offensive situation will shake out for 2019, but one thing is for sure, Kittle is a crucial piece for it.