3. Let Kyle Pitts be Kyle Pitts
Atlanta didn’t use their first-round pick to draft a blocking tight end to help establish the run game. This isn’t to take anything away from what Kyle has done as a greatly improved blocker this season. He has had a myriad of reasons to show frustration or demand football but has remained composed and professional on the field even in very tough circumstances.
This speaks to the young player’s maturity and willingness to do whatever it takes to win games. However, Atlanta is doing both Pitts and themselves a disservice by using him as a blocker instead of the primary weapon in this offense. Patterson is gone for the next few games and Atlanta needs someone to step up and replace that production.
Even if Mariota remains in as the starter every other play should have Kyle Pitts as the primary read considering his ability to get open or to make the contested catch. Atlanta’s path to winning games this year is not going to be on relying on their defense but relying on Kyle Pitts and Drake London to make consistent plays and give Atlanta the ability to win shootouts. Pitts is missing in this offense and if the Falcons want long term success that is going to have to quickly change.