Unicorn. Matchup nightmare. Game-changer.
These are just a few examples of the many words and phrases used to describe Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts, who was selected by the Falcons #4 overall in 2021 draft, out of Florida.
After a record breaking rookie campaign that saw the 6’6 Pitts (68 rec, 1026 yds) become only the second TE in NFL history to have a 1000-yd season as a rookie (Mike Ditka, 1961), everyone from Falcons fans, to team management can only imagine how much better Pitts will be in year 2 and beyond.
But when Atlanta Falcons HC Arthur Smith joined Dukes & Bell, to discuss all things Dirty Birds, he was very candid when explaining to the guys its more complicated than just raring back and chucking the ball up to the physical specimen on every play.
“He may be the primary, but the QB gets off him” described coach Smith when breaking down game situations and adjustments to what happens on the field.
Throughout his rookie season, Pitts saw games where he was targeted as many as ten times (vs. NYJ), and games where his targets fell to only three (vs. NYG).
Why such the despair?
“We try to spread the ball around” answered Coach Smith when asked directly by Dukes & Bell if they ever game plan to make sure Pitts gets as many targets as possible.
With the drafting of Drake London to join Pitts as another big receiving option, the Falcons have even bigger expectations of what Pitts will bring to the table.
“The more weapons you add, you make it harder on the defense” said Coach Smith when further helping Dukes & Bell understand how they plan to get more usage out of the Pitts this upcoming season.
Big plans and big expectations for the Atlanta Falcons many big pass catching options.