Kyle Pitts

Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #8
Atlanta Falcons
Tight End #8
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Non-factor in loss

Pitts caught two of five targets for eight yards during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Pitts came into the contest listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, but the rookie first-round pick was ultimately able to suit up. However, the tight end produced his worst performance of the season. He finished the 2021 campaign with 68 catches for 1,026 yards, but he only scored one touchdown. Pitts was as advertised during his first season in the NFL and was one of the lone bright spots on the Falcons' sporadic offense, but he will likely have to improve as a red zone threat in year 2 if he's going to takeover as a bona fide star.

Jan 10, 2022 9:43 AM EST

Ready for season finale

Pitts (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: Pitts was questionable for Sunday's contest and will take the field for Atlanta in the season finale. The 21-year-old has 17 receptions for 309 yards over his past four games, though he continues to search for his first touchdown since Week 5.

Jan 9, 2022 12:10 PM EST

Officially questionable

Pitts is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, after Falcons coach Arthur Smith said Friday that he'd wait until Saturday to determine the tight end's availability, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Pitts thus enters the weekend uncertain for Atlanta's season finale, but with reason to believe another update will be available long before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If the standout rookie doesn't play, Hayden Hurt and Parker Hesse will see most of the targets at tight end, with wideouts Russell Gage, Tajae Sharpe and Olamide Zaccheaus also candidates for more target volume.

Jan 7, 2022 11:45 AM EST

Likely game-time decision

Coach Arthur Smith suggested Friday that the Falcons may wait until Saturday to decide if Pitts (hamstring) can play in Sunday's game against New Orleans, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: In other words, Pitts likely will be listed as questionable and may need to be treated as a game-time decision heading into the weekend, though it sounds like his status will be determined Saturday rather than Sunday morning/afternoon. The Falcons and Saints kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Jan 7, 2022 10:52 AM EST

Officially limited Thursday

Pitts (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Four days removed from not playing the second half of the Falcons' Week 17 loss at Buffalo, Pitts made his first appearance on the field since sustaining a hamstring injury. During a media session Thursday he relayed that he feels "good" and believes he'll be able to play Sunday against the Saints, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic. Ultimately, Friday's practice report will reveal Pitts' odds to suit up this weekend, when he'll need 59 yards to break Mike Ditka's rookie record of 1,076 receiving yards for a tight end.

Jan 6, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Back on practice field

Pitts (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: A hamstring issue limited Pitts to a season-low 52 percent share of offensive snaps this past Sunday at Buffalo, but a 61-yard catch helped him pass the 60-yard threshold for the ninth time in 16 games in his first pro campaign. As a result, he now holds the Falcons receiving record for a rookie with 1,018 yards, but it remains to be seen if he'll get to build on that total Week 18 against the Saints. At the very least, Pitts is back on the practice field Thursday after sitting out one day prior.

Jan 6, 2022 10:55 AM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Pitts (hamstring) wasn't spotted during the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Pitts managed only about one half of action this past Sunday in Buffalo before sitting out the rest of the contest with a hamstring injury. He still managed two catches (on four targets) for 69 yards, courtesy of a 61-yard connection with Matt Ryan late in the second quarter. If Pitts doesn't do enough in practice this week to make an appearance Sunday versus the Saints, he'll finish the campaign with a Falcons rookie record 1,018 receiving yards across 16 appearances.

Jan 5, 2022 10:49 AM EST

Picks up hamstring injury Sunday

Pitts sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's 29-15 loss at Buffalo, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Pitts sustained the injury midway through the contest but attempted to stay on the field at the start of the second half. He was unable to do so, but before departing the tight end's 69 yards helped him become the Falcons rookie with the most receiving yards in franchise history (he has 1,108 in 16 games). Afterward, coach Arthur Smith wouldn't comment on Pitts' health, merely telling Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site that the team realized he was unable to continue. Pitts' status thus bears watching as the week goes on to get a sense of his potential to play Week 18 against the Saints.

Jan 2, 2022 3:53 PM EST

Eclipses century mark in win

Pitts secured all six targets for 102 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Pitts comfortably paced the Falcons in receptions and receiving yards while also boasting the team lead in targets. The rookie tight end's 100-yard effort was his first since Week 7 versus Miami and third overall of his first NFL season, and it extended a streak of Pitts upping his yardage total over that of the prior contest to four games. The 21-year-old's catch total was also his highest since that aforementioned contest against the Dolphins, affording him plenty of momentum going into a Week 17 road matchup against the Bills.

Dec 26, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Racks up 77 yards in defeat

Pitts caught four of seven targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Pitts broke free for a 49-yard catch and run in the second half, but was held in check for the rest of the contest. Veteran wideout Russell Gage was featured as Atlanta's top receiving option, finishing ahead of the talented rookie in targets and yards for the fourth straight week. Pitts has had a solid first year in the NFL so far, tallying 48 receptions for 847 yards through 14 games, but a lack of touchdowns (one) has suppressed his fantasy potential. Pitts' fantasy managers are hoping that the Falcons can learn to use the 6-foot-6 tight end closer to the end zone, as he has seen just two red-zone targets (both in today's contest) over the last six weeks. The Falcons will take on the Lions in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 6:32 PM EST

Co-leads team in receptions

Pitts brought in five of six targets for 61 yards in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Pitts shared the team lead in receptions with Mike Davis in another relatively quiet day for the Falcons' passing game. The rookie tight end's catch total was his best since Week 7, while his yardage tally was his highest since Week 9, making it a very solid fantasy day by his standards during the second half of the campaign. Pitts' next opportunity to up his numbers comes in a Week 15 road trip to San Francisco.

Dec 12, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Four catches in loss

Pitts brought in four of seven targets for 48 yards in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccanneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Pitts was a distant second to Russell Gage in receptions, receiving yards and targets in what was another modest performance overall. The athletic tight end hasn't topped 50 receiving yards since Week 10, a disappointment given the Falcons continue to operate without Calvin Ridley (personal) in the air attack. The rookie's next opportunity to snap out of his funk comes in Week 14 versus the Panthers on the road.

Dec 5, 2021 4:17 PM EST

Quiet in Jacksonville

Pitts caught two of six targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: A trip close to his old stomping grounds at the University of Florida didn't help the rookie tight end break out of his slump, as Pitts was limited to fewer than 30 yards for the second consecutive game after topping that mark in eight of his first nine. While Cordarrelle Patterson and the running game led Atlanta to victory in this one, the Falcons' passing attack continues to struggle, and Pitts' pedestrian play of late hasn't helped. The rookie third-overall pick will look to get back on track in Week 13 against a Tampa Bay defense that gave up a respectable 73 yards to Pitts back in Week 2.

Nov 28, 2021 1:58 PM EST

Limited to three grabs in loss

Pitts secured three of four targets for 29 yards in the Falcons' 25-0 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night.

Analysis: Pitts checked in tied for second in both receptions and as the runner-up in receiving yards for the Falcons on the night, but neither tally was anything that would qualify as a useful figure from a fantasy perspective. The rookie tight end had even more attention heaped upon him than usual with both Calvin Ridley (personal) and Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) out, and it helped lead to his second-lowest yardage total of the season. Pitts has yet to top four catches in any of his last four games, although a potentially favorable matchup against the Jaguars on the road in Week 12 a week from Sunday could help break that unfavorable pattern.

Nov 18, 2021 8:31 PM EST

Leads team with 60 yards

Pitts caught four of seven targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 43-3 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Pitts was the lone bright spot for the Falcons in a game where the offense could barely move the ball through the air (131 total passing yards and three interceptions). The fourth-overall pick from this year's draft has contributed 40 receptions, 606 yards and one touchdown through nine contests. Pitts' lack of touchdowns might be the only criticism that could be made of his fantasy game so far, especially given his large frame (6-foot-6, 245 pounds). He does have 17 red-zone looks so far this season, so the touchdowns should come so long as Matt Ryan continues to look his way in scoring situations. Pitts and the Falcons will take on a stout Patriots defense Thursday.

Nov 14, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Underwhelming performance in loss

Pitts caught three of seven targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 27-25 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Pitts was targeted deep down the left sideline on the first play of the game, but the rookie tight end couldn't haul in the big play. With Calvin Ridley still out due to personal reasons, the 2021 first-round pick continues to garner plenty of looks from Matt Ryan, but his last two outings have left fantasy managers wanting more after he appeared on the brink of stardom with back-to-back 100-yard performances. Pitts will likely continue to be a major part of the Falcons' passing attack and remains a must-start heading into Week 10.

Nov 8, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Quiet outing in loss

Pitts caught two of his six targets for 13 yards during the Falcons' 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: After back-to-back 100-yard performances, Pitts was humbled in this Week 8 defeat. Calvin Ridley was out for the second time in three games due to a personal issue, so Pitts operated as Atlanta's top receiving option and was doubled for the majority of the contest. Matt Ryan tried to force the ball to the 6-foot-6 tight end on multiple occasions, but the rookie first-round pick failed to make a highlight play. Pitts remain a must-start moving forward, but he'll need a bounce-back performance against the Saints next Sunday to give his fantasy managers confidence once again.

Oct 31, 2021 5:50 PM EST

Tops himself in Week 7 win

Pitts brought in seven of eight targets for 163 yards in the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Two weeks after lighting up the Jets for a 9-119-1 line in London, Pitts comfortably exceeded the yardage mark comfortably Sunday to quickly establish a new career high. The rookie dominated the Dolphins physically all afternoon long, with his big day a product of consistent chunk gains as opposed to being boosted by one particularly splash play. Given his production the last two contests and clear grasp of head coach Arthur Smith's offense, Pitts is naturally a must-start option against the reeling Panthers in Week 8.

Oct 24, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Breaks out against Jets

Pitts recorded nine receptions on 10 targets for 119 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: Pitts saw big volume for the second consecutive game, though this time he managed to also deliver plenty of production. He torched the Jets' secondary for big gains of 39, 22, 18 and 16 yards to account for the majority of his production. Pitts also managed the first touchdown of his career, which came from two yards away late in the opening quarter. It was by far Pitts' best performance of his rookie campaign and it came in the absence of Calvin Ridley (personal), but the duo should have plenty of pass volume to both produce moving forward. The Falcons head into a Week 6 bye but will return for a Week 7 matchup against the Dolphins.

Oct 10, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Does little with big volume

Pitts caught four of nine targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 34-30 loss to Washington.

Analysis: The nine targets were a season high for the rookie tight end but Pitts didn't do a whole lot with them, as his longest grab went for only 15 yards. He does have multiple catches in all four games to begin his NFL career, but Pitts will head into a Week 5 clash with the Jets still searching for his first big performance.

Oct 3, 2021 2:54 PM EST

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