Brock Purdy’s ex-Iowa teammate expects the same balanced QB against the Eagles

Brock Purdy’s right arm helped make former Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar a fourth-round draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2022.

And Kolar is already seeing the kind of chemistry he had with his college quarterback that is developing with 49ers tight end George Kittle.

“Obviously I don’t have access to the playbook, but I’m pretty sure some of the plays they’re doing aren’t the right plays,” Kolar said on 49ers Talk.

“But they find a way to make it work.”

Purdy and Kolar played four college seasons together. Kolar caught 168 passes for 2,181 yards and 23 touchdowns in Iowa State.

He saw Purdy rise from #3 on the Cyclones’ depth chart as a freshman to remain the starter for the rest of his college career.

As an NFL rookie, the final pick of the 2022 NFL draft, Purdy rose from #3 on the 49ers’ depth chart.

Kolar said it was no surprise Purdy was a late draft pick due to questions about his height and arm strength. But Kolar said he also has no question the team that gets him would be grateful.

“I thought it would be perfect for Brock,” Kolar said of Purdy as the 262nd pick of 262 drafted players. “I knew he would hug Mr. Irrelevant and not bother with all that other stuff.”

The 49ers are on a 12-game winning streak against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, and Purdy has been quarterback in the last eight games.

Purdy made plenty of plays from the bag while delivering the off-script plays that veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo lacked.

This element of Purdy’s game was successful for him on all levels.

“Sometimes when he wasn’t playing that great, I hoped he would just start crawling because I knew that when he crawled some crazy things would happen,” Kolar said.

This style could also be a reason Purdy has a way of making tight ends happy. Kittle had a career-high 11 touchdown receptions this season, seven coming after Purdy was added to the lineup.

And many, Kolar suspected, weren’t how coach Kyle Shanahan had set them up.

“When he starts crawling, he does a good job of keeping his eyes down,” Kolar said of Purdy. “And if you’re running a distance in the middle of the field and he starts crawling, you can go anywhere. There is a lot of freedom. I think tight ends and slot receivers do that well.”

Purdy will be in the spotlight on Sunday against the Eagles, who led the NFL with 70 sacks this season. Kolar doesn’t expect Purdy to change.

“I think he’s going to be the same Brock you saw: calm, he makes good plays,” Kolar said.

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While the 49ers have won every game since Purdy took over from Garoppolo’s injury, he has thrown for 16 touchdowns with three interceptions and no lost fumbles.

“It’s interesting that he hasn’t faced a lot of adversity yet,” Kolar said. “He didn’t have a big deficit. He didn’t come out and threw three pickaxes.

“I think what you’re going to see with Brock is that even when these bad plays happen, he finds a way to fight back and give your team a chance to win.”

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