3 Atlanta Falcons that must step up and replace Kyle Pitts
By Nick Halden
3. Olamide Zaccheaus
Olamide has arguably been the biggest surprise on offense for the Falcons consistently making clutch catches and clearly becoming Atlanta’s second receiver. A position many thought Bryan Edwards or Hodge might take heading into the season.
Olamide has 374-yards on the season to go along with 2-touchdowns and a rush attempt. His consistency is part of what has allowed the offense to continue to be effective despite Mariota’s struggles and key injuries to the running back and offensive line positions.
With Pitts out and Olamide clearly as one of Mariota’s most trusted targets, it would be surprising not to see Arthur Smith find ways to have the speedy receiver more involved. The key will be finding ways to create short routes for Olamide that take pressure off of Mariota and allows Olamide to create with his speed.
While upping touches for London and Olamide is the most obvious strategy without Pitts on the field it is the correct one with zero answers deep in Atlanta’s roster and no high impact trade or free-agent acquisitions possible this late in the season.