Disaster strikes for Atlanta Falcons as Kyle Pitts is done for the season
Yesterday, following a low hit on Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, every early indication was positive. He was able to get up, walk to the sidelines, then jog off into the locker room. Then a report came out that the team believed Pitts had avoided major damage to his knee. Things were looking positive.
Until now, as it has now been announced that Kyle Pitts will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn MCL that will require surgery.
Losing Kyle Pitts could mean disaster for the Atlanta Falcons
Right now, the only thing between the Atlanta Falcons and first place in the division is one loss and a tie-breaker in favor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Miraculously the Falcons are still in the thick of the playoff race, but things just got monumentally more difficult.
Losing Kyle Pitts is what this offense could ill afford. He is the engine of the little passing offense the Atlanta Falcons have. In the NFL, you have to be able to move the ball through the air when needed and without Kyle Pitts, things will be much tougher.
While Pitts hasn’t put up the numbers that fantasy football managers want, he has had a huge impact on Arthur Smith’s offense. He creates a mismatch that teams are worried about 24/7.
Kyle Pitts has also been an excellent blocker in the run game. Everything he has been asked to do, which is a lot, he has done phenomenally. But now they won’t have him on the field until next season which makes things look grim.
Drake London is going to be the focus for defenses now, so his job won’t be any easier. Basically, think about it like a pyramid, the guy at the top opens things up for everyone below him but now everyone has to move up a step, meaning everyone’s jobs get even more difficult.
The Atlanta Falcons need every offensive player to play better for the remainder of the year if they want to play more than 17 games this season.