49ers’ George Kittle Challenges Brock Purdy Narrative

49ers' Tight End Kittle Hits Stride in Latest Game.

by Nouman Rasool
49ers’ George Kittle Challenges Brock Purdy Narrative
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In the wake of the San Francisco 49ers' recent triumph, tight end George Kittle has stepped into the limelight, not just for his on-field performances but for his candid remarks about quarterback Brock Purdy and the upcoming face-off against the Seattle Seahawks.

Following a 27-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kittle took a moment to address the narratives surrounding Purdy, the last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, who has been labeled a "system quarterback" by some critics. George Kittle, with a hint of sarcasm, commented, “System quarterback, right? It’s crazy.

Just another guy taking advantage of his opportunity”. He emphasized that while Purdy is supported by Pro Bowl-caliber teammates, his skills extend beyond simply benefiting from a talented roster. Kittle praised Purdy’s maturity and understanding of the game, highlighting his approach to playing aggressively while protecting the football.

Purdy’s performance against the Buccaneers was nothing short of stellar, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns, with an impressive 84% completion rate. His performance earned him a perfect passer rating of 158.3 and a league-leading quarterback rating of 77.1 for the season.

George Kittle's Season Resurgence

On a personal front, George Kittle is enjoying a strong season with 43 receptions, 648 yards, and five touchdowns, averaging 15.1 yards per catch. His recent form, including eight receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers, marks a significant rebound from a less productive October.

Looking ahead, Kittle and the 49ers are set for a Thanksgiving Day clash with the Seahawks in Seattle, a matchup George Kittle relishes. Acknowledging the intense rivalry and the unique atmosphere at the Seahawks' stadium, he expressed excitement for the game, especially following Seattle's narrow loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The 49ers' schedule includes a second encounter with the Seahawks on December 10, promising a thrilling few weeks in the NFC West. Kittle’s comments not only underscore the team's current high spirits but also set the stage for some highly anticipated matchups, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the 49ers’ season.