Atlanta Falcons rookie tight-end Kyle Pitts made his highly anticipated debut against the Eagles on Sunday. Pitts caught four passes for 31-yards but struggled to find separation and failed to make an impact in a stale passing attack.
Pitts first game with the Falcons didn’t go as planned for the rookie. Despite making a key 4th-down catch Pitts was often lost and failed to help Atlanta’s struggling offense in his debut.
Part of the problem for Pitts was the fact Atlanta never established a passing attack in their week one loss to the Eagles. However, even when Ryan was given time to throw (a rare occurrence) Pitts was often covered and seemed to struggle finding open space against a secondary expected to struggle this season.
Atlanta Falcons fans shouldn’t overreact to Kyle Pitts week one struggles
Kyle Pitts is going to be a star player in this league. Despite his struggles in his debut Pitts is far too talented not to standout when given a capable offense. Pitts is reliant on two things Matt Ryan playing well (he didn’t) and the offensive line giving Ryan time to go through his reads something that certainly didn’t happen after Atlanta’s first two drives.
Atlanta is going to have to remain patient with the rookie who may have a hard time finding his footing early this season. Not only is he adjusting to the next level, he will be getting extra attention due to Atlanta’s lack of weapons. Something the rookie is going to have to learn to deal with early on.
Pitts is not joining a stable team ready to feature a new weapon. After week one Atlanta appears to be a team headed in the wrong direction.
Kyle Pitts lack of impact in his first game isn’t a sign of things to come rather an indicator of the adjustment Pitts is facing in a dysfunctional week one offense. An offense he will become one of the few bright spots on and a focal point soon for an underwhelming Atlanta offense.