49ers TE George Kittle recalls incredible one-handed grab vs. Raiders
It was a one-sided affair with the 49ers having their way offensively that featured some big-time plays including a one-handed catch by tight end George Kittle that he converted for a 71-yard gain. Following the game, Kittle revisited the sequence stating that he had closed his eyes prior to catching the ball, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
“I closed my eyes,” Kittle said. “I just kind of stuck an arm out there and it fell in my hand. As soon as I kept running I was like, ‘I cannot believe I’m still up right now. Crazy.’”
It was an impressive play that put on display Kittle’s catching ability as he was able to haul in the off-target pass with one arm. He was not only able to complete the reception, but also remained on his feet to sprint his way down to inside the five-yard line for a near score. This has been the latest highlight for Kittle as he has quickly proven to be a promising talent in the league that has emerged as a major target in the passing game regardless of who is the quarterback throwing him the ball.
The 25-year-old George Kittle has put together a strong campaign with 41 catches for 692 receiving yards and three touchdowns. This has him on pace for a career-best season with 73 receptions for 1,230 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He has been the clear-cut primary receiving option for the 49ers in the passing game leading the way in catches, receiving yards, and 20-yard receptions (nine).
Kittle has an opportunity in front of him to further elevate himself to the status of being one of the top young tight ends in the league, and the Raiders experienced his talent in the worst way.