The NFL’s game of the week was the rematch of last season’s AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars. In that game, the Patriots came from behind to win, 24-20, on their way to another Super Bowl appearance.
On Sunday, the Jaguars came out firing on all cylinders and defeated the Patriots, 31-20, without star running back Leonard Fournette. The play of the day, though, was made by an undrafted, second-year wide receiver who just earned himself a Catch of the Year nominee.
Keenan Cole signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent last year. As a college receiver at Kentucky Wesleyan, Cole caught 258 passes for 4,806 yards and 59 touchdowns as a four-year starter.
His rookie season with Jacksonville wasn’t too shabby, either, as Cole led a depleted Jaguars receiving corps with 748 yards on the season and averaged 17.8 yards per catch. Cole also caught three touchdowns in his first NFL season.
To start 2018, Cole is leading the Jaguars in receiving yards once again, but this catch on Sunday is hands down the best grab of the NFL season so far.
Step your game up, Odell Beckham Jr. There’s a new King of Catch in 2018.
Not only does Cole snatch this ball with one hand, he has the presence of mind to take it OVER the Patriots’ Eric Rowe’s head and stay in bounds to complete the catch.
It’s insane, but this isn’t the first one-handed grab Cole has on his highlight tape in the NFL, and it doesn’t figure to be his last either.
Keenan Cole has 10 catches for 170 yards and one touchdown so far this season, and his 12 targets rank second on the team behind newly acquired wide receiver Donte Moncrief.
The Jaguars look like their poised to finish with the best record in the AFC having knocked off New England early in the season, and their AFC South division looks more and more like a chance from them to run the table against Indianapolis, Houston and Tennessee.
If Cole keeps making grabs like this, they should be just fine, too.