Kyle Pitts had a great rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons compiling 1,026-receiving yards and showing impressive growth throughout the season. If there was one frustrating part of Kyle’s season apart from the inconsistency it was the lack of touchdowns for a player that should be a consistent scoring threat.
With his size and ability to go over the top of defenders drawing up red-zone plays for Pitts shouldn’t be overly difficult. Arthur Smith’s red zone offense should have Pitts as the featured weapon next season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has few other options and certainly none as naturally gifted as Pitts.
Kyle managed a single score in his rookie season seemingly inheriting Julio’s inability to score over his last few seasons with Atlanta. In both cases, it seems the play-caller and decision-maker are more at fault than Pitts or Jones who when given opportunities have proven to make the most of them.
More than once during the season Matt Ryan simply threw the ball up for grabs and Pitts went and got it. When you have a player of Kyle’s skill level don’t overcomplicate things feed your best player and give him a chance to score consistently. Cordarrelle Patterson is the only other player currently on Atlanta’s roster that has proven he deserves a shot to make a play.
Aside from getting Pitts involved around the goal line Atlanta needs to consistently have Pitts schemed into the offense as well. If Atlanta is going to have any chance of having consistent offensive success Pitts is going to have to play a huge role for a team with few options.
Cordarrelle Patterson is the only other proven playmaker on an Atlanta roster. Setting Pitts up for what could be a huge season with an Atlanta offense that will often be behind forced to pass with one clear option in Kyle Pitts.