Quarterback C.J. Beathard and tight end George Kittle are used to connecting for touchdowns. The former Iowa teammates did so several times the past two college football seasons.
Beathard and Kittle teamed up for a score once again Saturday night, only they were no longer wearing black, yellow and gold.
Just after halftime in the San Francisco 49ers preseason came against the Denver Broncos, Beathard rolled out left and hit Kittle, who was running a drag route. Kittle did the rest, barreling into the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown.
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Beathard, a third-round pick of the 49ers in the 2017 NFL Draft, continues to impress during the preseason. In his professional debut, he threw two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs.
But on this score, give most of the credit to Kittle, the 49ers’ fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. After catching the ball around the Broncos’ 25-yard line, Kittle hugged the sideline and truck a defender en route to the end zone. The pitch and catch gave the 49ers their first points after a scoreless opening half.
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It’s not likely this connection will translate to this year’s regular season. At the moment, While Beathard moved into the backup quarterback role Saturday night, he’s still battling with Matt Barkley for the right to sit behind starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. At tight end, veteran Logan Paulsen is listed as the starter.
Still, the former Hawkeyes got to relive their college playing days on the professional stage.