Falcons: Will both Pitts and Patterson top 1,000 total yards in 2022?
The two stars for the Atlanta Falcons offense in 2021 were Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson. They were the only two players Matt Ryan could count on week in and week out until Russell Gage started coming into his own late in the season.
Can we expect to see both Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson to top 1,000 total scrimmage yards again?
Falcons’ star offensive duos production relies on multiple factors
When Matt Ryan was the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons you could count on at least one Falcons player to top 1,000 yards on the season, but with Ryan moving onto the Indianapolis Colts it brings a lot more uncertainty on how these two stars for the Falcons will fair.
Marcus Mariota is the probable starter at quarterback as it stands now. Mariota has been a very up and down player throughout his career, no one can say with certainty he will provide the same steady play that Matt Ryan provided.
Perhaps we will see a rejuvenated Mariota carrying the Falcons and if we end up seeing that then you can fully expect Pitts and Patterson to top 1,000 yards on the season.
It all comes down to how consistent Mariota can play. If he breaks out this year, then this offense has more potential than it had with Matt Ryan in all honesty, thus due to Mariota’s skill set as a runner, something Ryan did not provide.
If Atlanta can get a steady running game, this will provide more yards for Patterson and open up the play-action game for Kyle Pitts and in turn, will increase the likelihood of both of these players breaking the 1,000-yard mark.
Another factor will be who the Falcons bring in during the draft. If they are able to land a top-flight wide receiver it will open up even more of the offense and will take a lot of focus off of Kyle Pitts, opening up more one-on-one opportunities for him.
It will require a lot of things to go right for Atlanta’s offense, so do not expect to see both of these players to top 1,000 yards, the team just does not have the depth to take pressure off of the two offensive stars.