Atlanta Falcons: 3 Realistic goals in year two for Kyle Pitts
By Nick Halden
1. Show growth and consistency
For those unfortunate enough to watch every Atlanta Falcons snap last season it was hard not to notice that despite his production Pitts struggled to be consistent. Part of this is due to the fact he was given more attention than expected with Calvin Ridley quickly gone and the rest of Atlanta’s options failing to make an impact. Pitts was looked to as the number one option and he struggled to consistently impact the game.
This season the Falcons need the tight end to make an impact in every game not simply going off and putting up big numbers in favorable matchups but being the go-to player the Falcons drafted him to be no matter the situation.
The second part of that equation is learning to be creative when a play breaks down or he finishes a designed route. He has the speed and athleticism to help his quarterback when a play breaks down a skill set he didn’t utilize often enough last season.
Pitts doesn’t have to empty the tank on every play but part of his growth will be learning to make plays when everything is breaking down around him. A skillset the Falcons enjoyed watching for the better part of a decade in Julio Jones. Pitts has that same ability and must utilize it with more regularity this season.