Pitts (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: With consecutive absences from practice to begin Week 5 prep, Pitts could be in danger of missing the first game of his NFL career. Even if Pitts is able to get back on the practice field Friday to clear up some concern about his status for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay, fantasy managers may still have some hesitancy about including the 22-year-old in lineups. Pitts' contributions have been disappointing in three of his first four games of the season, and he's coming off a Week 4 performance against the Browns in which he played just 62 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps while recording one reception for 25 yards on four targets. The fact that he may not be close to 100 percent healthy if he suits up against the Buccaneers may be another reason for managers to consider replacing him in Week 5 lineups.
Oct 6, 2022 1:21 PM EST
Pitts (hamstring) wasn't spotted during the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Pitts missed Wednesday's practice, so the tight end's status will be worth monitoring closely ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. In the event that Pitts is sidelined or limited this weekend, Parker Hesse and Anthony Firkser would be in line to see added snaps in Week 5.
Oct 6, 2022 10:14 AM EST
Pitts missed Wednesday's practice with a hamstring injury, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: The hamstring may have played a role in his season-low 62 percent snap share this past Sunday against the Browns, but it may also have just been a product of Atlanta going run-heavy, considering his share was only slightly larger (67 percent) the week before in his one productive receiving outing (5-87-0) this season. It remains to be seen if Pitts is in serious danger of missing Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, as coach Arthur Smith didn't have any comment Wednesday beyond referring reporters to the official injury report.
Oct 5, 2022 1:01 PM EST
Pitts isn't participating in the open portion of practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Health is the one thing that's gone right for Pitts this year, while his target volume (5.5 per game) and per-target efficiency (6.8 YPT, 45.5 percent catch rate) have left much to be desired in an offense quarterbacked by a struggling Marcus Mariota. No injury has been reported, but that's the most likely explanation for the tight end's absence Wednesday. If it's nothing serious, Pitts should see more looks this coming Sunday against a stout Tampa Bay defense that typically faces a lot of passes and not as many runs.
Oct 5, 2022 10:27 AM EST
Pitts caught one of four targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Pitts played a season-low 62 percent of the team's offensive snaps, but he still finished second on the team in targets behind Drake London (two catches on seven targets for 17 yards). Regardless, the second-year tight end's production was certainly disappointing after he caught five of eight targets for 87 yards -- all season highs -- during the team's Week 3 win over the Seahawks. Through four games, the second-year pro has caught 10 of 22 targets for 150 yards, and he's still only caught one touchdown across 21 career games, which continues to be an unusual trend for the athletic 6-foot-6 tight end.
Oct 3, 2022 7:34 AM EST
Pitts caught five of eight targets for 87 yards during Sunday's 27-23 victory over the Seahawks.
Analysis: After a quiet start to the season, Pitts was targeted early and often during Sunday's win, finishing with team highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Four of Pitts' five catches went for at least 10 yards, including a 28-yard gain in the first quarter. Marcus Mariota also probably missed Pitts on a few deep balls, hindering Pitts' potential production, but the tight end still submitted a solid performance. However, his lack of involvement in the red zone continues to be a concerning trend from his rookie year. Pitts was never going to be held in check for the entire season, but if he can't find the end zone more in 2022, the second-year phenom will have a difficult time reaching his full potential.
Sep 25, 2022 5:46 PM EST
Pitts recorded two receptions on three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Marcus Mariota attempted only 26 passes on the day, though Pitts' target total was still surprising. He managed receptions of only 13 and six yards and now has 19 receiving yards in each of his first two games of the season. If there is a positive to take away, Drake London appears to be emerging as a legitimate offensive weapon and could take defensive attention away from Pitts.
Sep 18, 2022 7:32 PM EST
Pitts caught two of seven targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 27-26 loss to New Orleans.
Analysis: Pitts was targeted two times on the Falcons' opening drive, hauling in one catch for 11 yards. He added an eight-yard reception at the end of the first half that set up a last-second field goal from Younghoe Koo. However, the phenom tight end was shutout in the second half as the Falcons offense sputtered, which allowed the Saints to make a fourth-quarter comeback. Pitts tied rookie wideout Drake London in targets but finished fourth on the team in receiving yards behind a trio of receivers -- London, Olamide Zaccheaus and KhaDarel Hodge. Due to Pitts' high ADP, his Week 1 performance was disappointing, but his high target share bodes well for a potential bounce-back performance against the Rams in Week 2.
Sep 12, 2022 7:30 AM EST
Pitts caught his only target for 52 yards in Monday's preseason loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Pitts made the most of his brief appearance in Atlanta's second preseason game by blowing past the Jets' secondary for the big gain. Marcus Mariota underthrew the pass slightly, likely costing Pitts the chance to reach the end zone. Pitts looks almost certain to be the focal point of the Falcons' passing attack in 2022, especially with rookie Drake London (knee) currently sidelined.
Aug 22, 2022 9:17 PM EST
Coach Arthur Smith said any Falcon who is healthy is slated to play in Monday's preseason game at the Jets, a group that includes Pitts, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Smith relayed the news on Monday Night Countdown on ESPN. This will mark Pitts' second appearance of exhibition season, after he went without a target on 10 offensive snaps preseason Week 1 at Detroit. With Drake London (knee) and likely Bryan Edwards (shoulder) sidelined Monday, Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson represent the biggest names that will be at Marcus Mariota's disposal.
Aug 22, 2022 4:51 PM EST
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is hopeful Pitts is heading towards a Year 2 leap after spending the offseason working on his blocking ability, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Pitts caught 68 passes for 1,026 yards last season, but the majority of his production came when he was lined up as a receiver. Smith believes that unlocking Pitts' full potential involves refining his craft as a blocker, so the 6-foot-6 athlete can be moved around to create mismatches. The second-year pro has earned high praise for his offseason work with Smith even calling his 10 snaps during the preseason opener "a winning effort" strictly based on his blocking alone. Pitts did struggle in the red zone as a rookie, catching just one touchdown, so his increased prowess in the trenches may be a good sign for his overall fantasy outlook in 2022.
Aug 17, 2022 1:38 PM EST
Pitts played but was not targeted in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.
Analysis: Pitts suited up as Atlanta opened their exhibition slate. In making a brief appearance, though, he didn't get any passes thrown his way. Pitts will hope to get more work in the Falcons' next preseason game versus the Jets.
Aug 12, 2022 6:28 PM EST
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said Pitts is only "scratching the surface," Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Pitts was drafted fourth overall by the Falcons in 2021 and lived up to the hype by recording 1,026 receiving yards as a rookie, becoming the first tight end to do so since Mike Ditka in 1961. The 6-foot-6 phenom registered three 100-plus yard games -- including a 163 yard performance in Week 7 -- and averaged 15.1 yards per catch. However, Pitts, who was projected to be a major red-zone threat, caught just one touchdown on 25 targets from inside 20 yards. If the Florida product is going to continue living up to the hype, he'll have to improve his red-efficiency in Year 2. Atlanta hopes that the addition of fellow first-round pick Drake London and former Raider Bryan Edwards will open up more 1-on-1 opportunities for Pitts to showcase his athletic ability near the end zone moving forward, though it remains to be seen how prolific a Marcus Mariota-led offense can be in 2022.
Jul 8, 2022 1:29 PM EST
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
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
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 ESPN.com 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
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 ESPN.com 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
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
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
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
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