Pruitt caught 16 of 21 targets for 150 yards and four scores across 13 appearances during the 2022 campaign.
Analysis: Pruitt signed with Atlanta's practice squad after failing to make the initial 53-man roster. However, following Kyle Pitts' knee injury in Week 11, Pruitt stepped up and made the most of his increased opportunity. He caught 12 of 17 targets for 119 yards and three touchdowns over the final six games of the season and ended the campaign with career highs in receptions, targets, receiving yards and touchdowns. The veteran tight end will be a free agent this offseason, but a return to Atlanta could be in the cards given his solid production and head coach Arthur Smith's proclivity for utilizing tight ends.
Jan 11, 2023 12:42 PM EST
Pruitt caught all four of his targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 20-19 victory over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Pruitt notched season highs in targets, receptions and receiving yards during the Falcons' Week 17 win. Across 12 appearances, he's totaled 13 receptions on 16 targets for 116 yards and three touchdowns. He's been a touchdown-dependent streaming option in deeper leagues, but his overall value is diminished by Atlanta's lackluster passing attack. With Desmond Ridder at the helm, Pruitt has secured six of eight targets for 69 yards over the past three games, but he hasn't caught a touchdown since posting back-to-back scores in Weeks 12 and 13, when Marcus Mariota was operating as the primary signal caller.
Jan 2, 2023 7:31 AM EST
Pruitt caught two of three targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 21-18 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Pruitt caught at least one pass for a sixth straight game and finished with a season-high 20 receiving yards, but he snapped his two-game touchdown streak. Desmond Ridder failed to move the ball well through the air during his NFL debut, which limited all of Atlanta's pass catchers. Pruitt may have some value in deeper leagues, but he's likely a touchdown-dependent option moving forward.
Dec 19, 2022 8:21 AM EST
Pruitt caught his lone target for seven yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 19-16 loss versus the Steelers.
Analysis: Pruitt's only target went for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter to cut Atlanta's deficit to 19-13, giving him a touchdown in back-to-back games. With Kyle Pitts (knee) out, the veteran tight end operated behind Parker Hesse but ahead of Anthony Firkser for a second straight game. Despite playing fewer snaps, Firkser and Pruitt remain more involved in the passing game than Hesse, but all three will remain risky fantasy plays due to Arthur Smith's run-first mindset.
Dec 5, 2022 7:48 AM EST
Pruitt gathered in two of three targets for nine yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 19-13 loss versus Washington.
Analysis: With Kyle Pitts (knee) sidelined, Pruitt saw an increased role and secured Marcus Mariota's lone touchdown pass. Pruitt finished second among tight ends in offensive snaps (32), which put him behind Parker Hesse (35) but ahead of Anthony Firkser (22). As long as Pitts is out, Hesse figures to lead the trio in snaps, but Pruitt will likely continue operating as the top pass catcher among the group.
Nov 28, 2022 9:24 AM EST
Pruitt will be among the group of players who are asked to step up in the absence of Kyle Pitts (knee), Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Pruitt saw an increased role after Pitts went down in Week 11 and finished with a season-high 30 offensive snaps, securing his lone target for 17 yards. With Pitts on IR, Atlanta will likely use a committee approach to replace the talented pass catcher. Parker Hesse, who's expected to operate as the No. 1 tight end in Pitts' absence, is mostly known as a blocker, so Pruitt, who's caught eight touchdowns over the past five seasons, could step up as the primary pass-catching tight end. However, neither player projects to have as large of an impact in the passing game as Pitts did.
Nov 22, 2022 11:49 AM EST
Pruitt gathered in his only target for 17 yards during Sunday's 27-24 victory versus the Bears.
Analysis: Pruitt secured just one reception for a third straight game, totaling 29 receiving yards during that stretch. With Kyle Pitts (knee) leaving the contest early, Pruitt played a season-high 31 offensive snaps, which was second most among tight ends behind Parker Hesse (37). Both Pruitt and Hesse figure to garner increased roles if Pitts has to miss extended time, but neither backup projects to have as large of an impact in the passing game as Pitts.
Nov 21, 2022 7:57 AM EST
Pruitt caught his only target for six yards during Sunday's 20-17 loss versus the Chargers.
Analysis: Pruitt has played at least 11 offensive snaps in each of the past five games, but he's seen just two targets, catching both for eight yards. Atlanta's passing attack remains limited, so despite Pruitt's consistent role in the Falcons offense, he doesn't have much fantasy value moving forward.
Nov 7, 2022 8:09 AM EST
Pruitt was signed to the Falcons' active roster Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Pruitt signed with Atlanta's practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster in August. However, the veteran tight end has been elevated for each of the team's last two contests, catching his only target for a two-yard touchdown in Week 6 against the 49ers.
Oct 18, 2022 11:33 AM EST
Pruitt reverted to the Falcons' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Pruitt was promoted to the active roster for the second game in a row during Sunday's win over the 49ers. With rookie John FitzPatrick (undisclosed) still on IR, Pruitt played 16 of Atlanta's 58 offensive snaps behind Parker Hesse (41 snaps) and Kyle Pitts (33 snaps). Pruitt did haul in his lone target for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and he will be available for just one more game-day elevation while on the Falcon's practice squad this season.
Oct 17, 2022 7:16 PM EST
Pruitt caught his only target for two yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 28-14 victory over the 49ers.
Analysis: Pruitt was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster for a second consecutive week and played 16 offensive snaps, four more than his first appearance. He quickly made an impression on Sunday's game, catching a two-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota, marking the tight ends first touchdown of the campaign. Pruitt is eligible for only one more elevation before he'll have to be signed to the active roster.
Oct 17, 2022 8:02 AM EST
Pruitt reverted to the Falcons' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Pruitt was elevated to the active roster for the first time with starting tight end Kyle Pitts (hamstring) sidelined against the Buccaneers on Sunday. As a result, the ninth-year veteran played 12 of Atlanta's 66 offensive snaps behind Parker Hesse (41 snaps) and Anthony Firkser (15 snaps). Pruitt did not receive a target during Sunday's loss, and he will now be eligible for two more elevations while on the Falcons' practice squad this season.
Oct 10, 2022 4:19 PM EST
The Falcons elevated Pruitt on Saturday from their practice squad to their active roster for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: With Kyle Pitts (hamstring) ruled out for Week 5, Pruitt will get his first elevation of the campaign and has a chance to make his season debut against Tampa Bay. It's unclear how big of a role he'll play, but Atlanta figures to fill Pitts' absence via committee with Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser, Feleipe Franks and Pruitt all garnering snaps.
Oct 8, 2022 4:06 PM EST
Pruitt was signed to the Falcons' practice squad Wednesday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Pruitt failed to make the 53-man roster but will be kept around the organization in a practice squad capacity. The 30-year-old tight end is more experienced than most practice squad players, having dressed for 79 NFL games in his career.
Aug 31, 2022 7:10 PM EST
Atlanta released Pruitt on Tuesday, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Pruitt won't make the Falcons' initial 53-man roster, but the team could keep him in mind as things continue to develop. He appeared in 16 games with the Titans last season, and recorded 14 receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 18 targets.
Aug 31, 2022 5:11 AM EST
Atlanta signed Pruitt on Monday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Pruitt saw double-digit targets for just the third time in his eight-year career in 2021, turning those 18 targets into a career-high 14 receptions for 145 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. The bad news, though, is that he's joining a tight ends room that's all of a sudden a bit crowded after sophomore UDFA Feleipe Franks made a switch to the position in June. Pruitt will contend with Franks for opportunities behind Kyle Pitts and Anthony Firkser during training camp, but he'll need to make a good impression quickly to make the Falcons' initial 53-man roster.
Aug 8, 2022 11:39 AM EST
Pruitt was brought in for a workout with the Bengals on Monday, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Pruitt ended last season on the Titans' injured reserve after he suffered a severe ankle injury in Week 16. Nonetheless, the 30-year-old tight end registered career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns (14-145-3) over 14 games with Tennessee during the 2021 campaign.
Jul 25, 2022 4:47 PM EST
Pruitt (ankle) recorded 14 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games in the 2021 season.
Analysis: Pruitt suffered a severe ankle injury in Week 16, which cut short his most productive season as a pro. His best performance came early in Week 2 against Seattle, when he tallied three receptions for 43 yards. However, even prior to suffering the ankle injury his production had slowed, as he had failed to record multiple receptions in each of his final eight games. Pruitt will hit free agency at the close of the season and is likely to serve a depth role regardless of where he lands for the 2022 campaign.
Jan 13, 2022 7:41 PM EST
Pruitt (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: Pruitt suffered a severe ankle injury Sunday against the Dolphins and was scheduled for surgery Monday, so it's no surprise he landed on injured reserve. Geoff Swaim and Anthony Firkser are the remaining tight ends on Tennessee's active roster, so the team is likely to add another tight end for depth in the near future with Pruitt out for at least three weeks, and likely the season.
Jan 3, 2022 1:54 PM EST
Pruitt will have surgery on his ankle today and will miss extended time, John Glennon of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Given how the injury looked and this subsequent prognosis, it sounds as if Pruitt is unlikely to return even later in the playoffs. He ends the regular season with 14 catches on 18 targets for 145 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games. Anthony Firkser should see a bump in playing time, and the Titans will likely add a third tight end to the roster shortly.
Jan 3, 2022 10:36 AM EST
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