It was an awful day on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers faced the Kansas City Chiefs, because they lost what was becoming the heart and soul of the team, Jimmy Garoppolo, to an ACL tear.
There was some good though: George Kittle. The tight end once again was catching balls all over the field. On the other side of the field, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was a beast as well, getting over 100 yards, but he was great for different reasons. He was a great weapon for Mahomes to throw to (including a really NICE one-handed scoop-catch of the ball). While he got his, Kittle was downright trucking defenders, or just taking them with him until they were literally shed off like dead skin.
So how good was it? He made Pro Football Focus’ Week 3 team of the week with a grade of 92.1. Here’s what they had to say about Kittle’s performance:
Kittle is emerging as one of the top tight ends in the game and he proved that once again on Sunday. On the field for 22 snaps in the passing game, he averaged 3.59 yards per route run, ranking second among tight ends this week. From his five receptions, he forced five missed tackles, showcasing his playmaking ability with the ball in his hands.
A fifth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Kittle has been awful busy his first two seasons. He’s climbing up charts as one of the league’s best tight ends and is going to get even more work now that C.J. Beathard is the starting quarterback going forward. Both were teammates at Iowa and Beathard found Kittle a lot in their rookie season during the QB’s stint as the starter.