3 Overlooked Atlanta Falcons MVPs six weeks into the season
By Nick Halden
3. Kyle Pitts
There has been understandable frustration with Kyle Pitts’ lack of role within the Atlanta Falcons offense. For a player as talented as Kyle to be the team’s third target in their passing attack defies logic. So why would a player who could be producing huge numbers be included as an underrated MVP you might wonder?
The answer is in two parts with the first being just how well Pitts has blocked and fought for every yard with his teammates. Arthur Smith is using Pitts as a blocker both on the outside and as a more traditional tight-end. Pitts has embraced this role and is fighting with his teammates on every yard blocking at a level many didn’t expect to see from a tight-end who had played more like a receiver.
This brings us to the second and most important part of why Pitts is a team MVP so far this season. Kyle could easily be hanging his head on the sideline or giving up on run plays demanding the football considering the talent that he is.
However, he is doing the complete opposite cheering on his teammates, setting great blocks, and making the most of what chances he does receive. While we don’t know what happens behind closed doors all appearances are that Kyle has embraced his role and fighting each week to make this team better and do everything he can even if that doesn’t mean touching the football as much as he might on an elite passing team. This outlook and attitude resulted in his first touchdown in Atlanta on Sunday and will continue to pay off for Pitts and his teammates this season.