“Atlanta Falcons regret not drafting QB Justin Fields” is a lazy take
The Atlanta Falcons do not regret taking passing over Justin Fields in 2021, I repeat, the Falcons do not regret passing on Justin Fields for Kyle Pitts.
With the clash between the Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears on Sunday, people have used it as a connection between the Falcons drafting Kyle Pitts and passing on Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, people who say that the Falcons regret not taking Justin Fields are simply talking without thinking.
The Atlanta Falcons would still take Kyle Pitts over Justin Fields
The Atlanta Falcons passed on Justin Fields, that’s that. If you are a huge fan of both then you need to get over it or chose a side, what happened, happened, and Terry Fontenot would not change a thing.
Fans and “experts” are using this week to blast the Falcons’ front office for making the “wrong decision” by taking Kyle Pitts over Justin Fields.
This opinion is a perfect example of recency bias, Kyle Pitts is as good as ever but he has a quarterback who has played awful at times so he isn’t putting up the numbers you would expect, while Justin Fields has been running all over defenses in the past two weeks.
And before you bring up the point about a tight end being pointless without a quarterback, well, you are right, but that does not tell the whole story here.
Justin Fields has dynamic athleticism but he has been bad as a passer so far in his career. He has made Marcus Mariota-Esque mistakes, just look at his pick-six to Jeff Okudah on Sunday. Basically, either way, the Falcons wouldn’t have a passing game.
In fact, Marcus Mariota has three games with over 200 passing yards this year, compared to Justin Fields’ one game.
Let’s say somehow that the Falcons had Justin Fields and Kyle Pitts, Pitts’ numbers wouldn’t be any better. The Bears’ top tight end, Cole Kmet, has one game with over 45 yards this year (Pitts, meanwhile, has two games this year with 80+ yards despite Marcus Mariota being his quarterback). Fields wouldn’t solve any of the problems the Falcons have right now.
This team is not a finished product by any means. Just because Kyle Pitts isn’t putting up the numbers doesn’t mean he wasn’t worth the draft pick. We just need patience because once Pitts has an accurate quarterback, he will be a superstar that puts up monster numbers (remember when he had Matt Ryan throwing to him and he had over 1,000 yards as a rookie?!). It is simply lazy to say that the Atlanta Falcons should have drafted Justin Fields, Fields is a great player but so is Kyle Pitts. These teams made their respective picks for a reason.