Kyle Pitts disappointed in his debut with the Atlanta Falcons failing to make an impact or even one flashy play. For the 4th overall pick, it wasn’t how he or his team wanted the debut to go. Despite this Atlanta shouldn’t overreact to the rookie’s week one struggles.
Pitts is still the answer for an Atlanta team that has often struggled to finish drives. They lacked a red zone threat they now have in Pitts.
Despite his struggles, Atlanta should base a lot of their red zone schemes around the tight end who is going to become a menace to opposing defenses this season.
Kyle Pitts is still a big piece of the puzzle for the Atlanta Falcons despite a forgettable week one
Having watched Pitts at Florida it is obvious he is a talented pass-catcher who is going to find the end zone with regularity for any stable NFL offense. In week one Pitt’s struggles were 50/50 it wasn’t a great performance and he struggled to get open. However, even when he managed to find separation Atlanta was unable to block for Ryan or committing a penalty that negated any possible positive play.
In week two and beyond Atlanta needs to continue to attempt to address their red zone problem with schemes based around Pitts. Pitts is a special tight end who can run and catch like a receiver and still block and elevate like the best tight-ends in the game.
He has a unique skill set that made him stand out at Florida and will make him stand out for Atlanta if they can find any footing offensively.
There is also the fact to consider Matt Ryan and Kyle Pitts will take time to get on the same page. It takes trust to throw a 50/50 ball, the type of catch Pitts specialized in at Florida. Ryan developed this trust with Julio Jones and will with Pitts who has a similar skill set it simply is going to take time. Something Atlanta will have a lot of in the rebuild to come.