Kyle Pitts

Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #8
Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #8
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Kyle Pitts "Learning Basically Two Positions"

According to Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson, tight end Kyle Pitts is "learning basically two positions." "There's some tight end, and there's some wide receiver," said Robinson in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "So, he's got a lot on his plate. I'm just excited to see him continue to get more comfortable in the system...We'll move him around the formation. We'll use him as a blocker. We'll use him as a receiver. We'll use him all across the board." The 23-year-old has appeared in 44 games for the Falcons over the last three seasons, amassing 2,049 yards and six touchdowns off 149 catches. But with a new coaching staff in Atlanta, it's safe to say that Pitts could be in line for the best year of his career, assuming he remains involved in the offense as advertised during the offseason.

Jul 14, 2024 7:47 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Feels Like A Rookie Learning New Offense

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts called himself a "super rookie" as he enters the fourth year of his NFL career in 2024. "I'm not a rookie rookie. But we're all in this new offense, new regime, new schedule. We're all in this fresh," Pitts said. The former first-round pick has a new head coach in Raheem Morris, a new offensive coordinator in Zac Robinson and a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins this year. Pitts had 1,027 receiving yards in his rookie year in 2021 but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Year 2, and he wasn't 100% in 2023 despite playing in all 17 games. The 23-year-old is fully healthy now and taking part in OTAs this offense as he works to learn the new offense and gain chemistry with Cousins. Pitts could easily have his best season to date in 2024 if both he and Cousins (coming off a torn Achilles) can stay healthy.

May 18, 2024 1:25 PM EST



Kyle Pitts Embracing Fresh Start

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts shined as a rookie in 2021, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards and one touchdown after being selected No. 4 overall. His last two campaigns have left a lot to be desired, as he failed to surpass 700 yards or become a major factor in the end zone in 2022 or 2023. However, he is still just 23 years old and is embracing a fresh start with a new quarterback and coaching staff in 2024. "I would say I'm a super rookie," Pitts said Tuesday, via the team's official site. "I'm not a rookie. But we're all in this new offense, new regime, new schedule. We're all in this fresh." Pitts' 2021 success came with Matt Ryan under center, and poor quarterback play from Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder, and Taylor Heinicke can help explain his lack of production. The Falcons signed former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins to a four-year deal and drafted Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. with the No. 8 overall pick this offseason. Despite his lackluster showings of late, he is being selected as the TE7 off the board in early FFPC fantasy drafts. He remains a clear TE1 candidate and has top-five overall upside in his new offense.

May 17, 2024 4:12 PM EST


Falcons Pick Up Kyle Pitts' Fifth-Year Option

The Atlanta Falcons picked up the 2025 fifth-year option on tight end Kyle Pitts on Monday, according to a source. Although the former fourth overall pick in 2021 out of Florida hasn't exactly lived up to his draft status, there's no way the Falcons weren't going to pick up his option. Pitts was a Pro Bowler in his rookie year, when he went for over 1,000 yards receiving, but he played in only 10 games due to injury in 2022 and has underwhelmed with six total touchdowns in his three NFL seasons. Atlanta's QB situation hasn't helped his cause, though. With a new coaching staff in town and with quarterback Kirk Cousins running the offense in 2024, Pitts' fantasy stock is trending up despite back-to-back disappointing campaigns.

Apr 29, 2024 6:10 PM EST


Falcons Have A Lot Of Faith In Kyle Pitts

Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said that the team has a lot of faith in tight end Kyle Pitts now that he's fully healthy. Pitts played in all 17 games last year, but he wasn't fully healthy for much of the season after recovering from an MCL sprain in his right knee that he suffered in Week 11 of 2022. The 23-year-old former first-rounder had a frustrating 53-667-3 line in 2023, but he's already looking like a tight end to target in 2024 fantasy drafts. Not only will Pitts be another year beyond his knee injury, but Jonnu Smith is now gone, and new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson is expected to use Pitts all over the field this year. Pitts will be relatively cheap in drafts, too, so he's shaping up as an excellent value play. However, at the end of the day, how productive Pitts will be could depend on what quarterback Atlanta brings in.

Feb 27, 2024 3:16 PM EST



Kyle Pitts Can Be An Asset In The Run Game

Atlanta Falcons new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson sees tight end Kyle Pitts as very versatile. He's mainly been used in the passing game and had 667 receiving yards on 53 catches in his third NFL season in 2023. Pitts can also be an asset when it comes to blocking in the running game, too. "We're not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game," new tight ends coach Kevin Koger said. "But with him and the way we're going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games." It sounds like Pitts is going to be moved around a lot, and the new coaching staff should be able to use him more effectively than Arthur Smith did in his three years with Pitts on the team.

Feb 21, 2024 2:10 PM EST


Zac Robinson Views Bijan Robinson, Kyle Pitts As Versatile

New Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson expressed his excitement about working with both running back Bijan Robinson and tight end Kyle Pitts in 2024, but he didn't go into specifics about how they'd be used. "I view those guys as versatile," Robinson said. "We will have formational versatility to move them all over and try to get the most out of what they do." Former head coach Arthur Smith was often criticized for not employing Robinson and Pitts the right way last year. Robinson, a first-round pick, fell just short of 1,000 rushing yards but made up for it with 58 catches, 487 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season. Pitts, also a former first-rounder, worked mostly out of the slot and finished with 53 catches, 667 yards and three TDs. With what's expected to be a much more aggressive offense under Robinson, both Robinson and Pitts will be more attractive in fantasy.

Feb 15, 2024 2:08 PM EST


Kyle Pitts' Knee Feels Better

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts suffered a PCL injury beyond the MCL repair in his right knee, which ended his 2022 season. Pitts said his knee is feeling better and he considers it a success that he was able to play all 17 games in 2023. He was targeted 90 times and had 53 catches for 667 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. He had four games over 50-plus receiving yards and five games with under 30 yards. It was far from his rookie season, when he had 68 catches for 1,026 yards and a touchdown, but considering his major knee injury the year prior, it wasn't all that bad. Heading into his fourth NFL campaign, he'll have a new head coach, which could mean a different role entirely. Depending on who the Falcons bring in, Pitts could end up being a sneaky value target at the tight end position in 2024 fantasy drafts.

Jan 19, 2024 12:19 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Says He Also Had Torn PCL Fixed

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts wrote on his Instagram account that he had surgery on both the MCL and PCL in his knee after getting hurt in Week 11 of the 2022 season. It was previously reported that he had only torn his MCL. Pitts had a career-high three touchdowns in 17 games in his third year in the league in 2023, but overall it was another disappointing campaign for the former first-rounder with 53 receptions on 90 targets for 667 yards. PCL injuries are more complex and have a slower recovery time, so it's possible that Pitts was playing at less than 100 percent for a big chunk of this past season. If the 23-year-old is fully healthy in 2024 with a new head coach that can utilize him more than Arthur Smith did, he could be a fantastic value pick at the tight end position in fall fantasy drafts.

Jan 10, 2024 7:27 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Posts Dud In Week 18

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts struggled during Sunday's game, which is a fitting way to end his 2023 campaign. It was somehow a more productive season for Pitts, but didn't really feel like that. On Sunday, Pitts hauled in two of his three targets for 27 yards in the Week 18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He finished the season with 53 catches on 90 targets for 667 yards and three touchdowns. Pitts has a ton of skill, but has been unable to reach his full potential. It's unclear if the Falcons plan to keep head coach Arthur Smith around for another season. If they do, fantasy managers shouldn't bother putting Pitts in the TE1 discussion next season.

Jan 7, 2024 9:50 PM EST


Kyle Pitts A Risky Value For Week 18

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has been playing better over the last month or so. In fact, Pitts has 49 receiving yards or more during three of his last five games. The young tight end is coming off a dud, but is hopeful to rebound against the New Orleans Saints. The biggest problem is that the Falcons don't have a reliable option at quarterback right now. The expectation is that the team will use a run-heavy approach in Week 18. That being said, Pitts is more a touchdown-dependent option for this game.

Jan 5, 2024 9:59 AM EST


Kyle Pitts Held To One Catch

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was unable to make much of an impact during Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. The young tight end was held to one catch on five targets for five yards. Pitts certainly deserves some of the blame, but he'd be having a much better season with an upgrade at quarterback. Taylor Heinicke was awful during this game and didn't give Pitts many chances to actually catch his passes. Pitts will barely be on the fantasy radar for next week's matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

Dec 31, 2023 8:58 PM EST


Kyle Pitts A Possible TE2 For Week 17

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games. Pitts has been more involved in the offense over the last few weeks. However, Pitts still doesn't have a ton of value with three receptions per game in each of his last three games. The Falcons are a run-heavy team, so Pitts isn't going to likely ever see a ton of action in the passing game. He should be able to have some success versus the Chicago Bears in Week 17. A defense that has allowed a league-average six touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. He should be in the TE2 conversation for this upcoming matchup.

Dec 29, 2023 10:04 AM EST


Kyle Pitts Snags Touchdown In Victory

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to find the end zone during Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. The young tight end hauled in three of his four targets for 49 yards and a score in the win. The biggest play of the day for Pitts came in the first quarter when he hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Heinicke. After that, Pitts didn't have many explosive plays, but fantasy managers will take the touchdown. Pitts should be able to carve out TE2 value for the Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Dec 24, 2023 4:50 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Has TE2 Appeal For Week 16

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has topped 50 receiving yards in two of his last three games. The young tight end has been more involved in the offense over the last few weeks. Last week, Pitts hauled in three of his four targets for 37 yards in the loss to the Carolina Panthers. Pitts should be able to have some success against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16. A defense that is league-average when it comes to defending the tight end However, the Falcons offense is tough to trust on a weekly basis. Pitts should be considered a TE2 for this weekend's slate.

Dec 21, 2023 7:12 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Hauls In Three Receptions

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts has seen more involvement in the offense over the last few weeks. On Sunday, Pitts hauled in three of his four targets for 37 yards in the loss to the Carolina Panthers. Somehow, Pitts led his team in both receptions and targets during this game. That goes to show how bad the Falcons passing attack is right now. It's nice to see Pitts getting a little more attention in the receiving game. However, he shouldn't be treated as anything more than a high-end TE2 for next week's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Dec 17, 2023 10:01 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Has TE2 Appeal For Week 15

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to find the end zone during last week's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The young tight end hauled in three of his six targets for 57 yards and a score in the defeat. This marks back-to-back games that Pitts has gone over 50 receiving yards. Pitts has been more involved in the offense since the Falcons coaching staff claimed he was an important part of the offense. It appears now that the team is trying to get him more involved in the gameplan. He still doesn't have great appeal, but is worth a look as a TE2 versus the Carolina Panthers in Week 15.

Dec 15, 2023 10:13 AM EST


Kyle Pitts Snags Touchdown In Loss

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to make the most of his chances during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The young tight end hauled in three of his six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the loss. Pitts saw the third-most targets in this game, but finished second in receiving yards. This is now back-to-back 50-plus yard games from Pitts. However, fantasy managers shouldn't get too comfortable with these types of games. He should remain on the TE2 radar for the Week 15 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Dec 10, 2023 11:46 PM EST


Kyle Pitts Has TE2 Value In Week 14

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was able to surpass 50 receiving yards last week for the second time in his last four games. The organization claims that Pitts is an important part of the offense, but his usage has been shaky all season long. Luckily, he does head into a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. A defensive unit that is league-average when it comes to defending tight ends. The Falcons could have a tough time running the ball, so possibly they go with more short passes which could be favorable to Pitts. Fantasy managers should consider Pitts a TE2 for this Week 14 matchup.

Dec 8, 2023 10:35 AM EST


Kyle Pitts Totals 51 Yards

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was probably the only player on this offense to have success on Sunday. The young tight end hauled in four of his eight targets for 51 yards in the win over the New York Jets. The Falcons recently said that Pitts was an important piece of this offense despite his lack of success. It looks like they attempted to get him the ball more this week and it worked out. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect a 50-yard performance on a weekly basis. Pitts should remain in the TE2 conversation for next week's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dec 3, 2023 7:57 PM EST