Falcons Daily: The difference between Kyle Pitts first year in …

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Kyle Pitts’ second year in the league is officially over with a knee injury that required surgery on Tuesday.

Pitts finished his sophomore season with 356 receiving yards on 28 catches (59 targets). He played in 10 games and scored two touchdowns. Pitts averaged 12.71 yards per catch.

This latest stat for Pitts in 2022 is very different from a year ago, when Pitts cemented himself in the league and franchise record books with a 1,000-yard season.

Compared to his rookie season, Pitts’ offensive production left something to be desired in his second year following his premature departure. No one knows that more than the owners of the fantasy football teams that have Pitts on the roster. Fantasy football jokes aside, Arthur Smith understands how these two seasons look for Pitts when compared to each other.

“Obviously bigger statistical numbers in the passing game a year ago,” Smith said of Pitts, “but we were a much different team and in a different spot.”

In layman’s terms? The numbers are relatively different because the Falcons offense is relatively different, even at the base level.

Entering the 2022 season, there was never any doubt that the Falcons would have a different offensive operation with Matt Ryan in Indianapolis and Marcus Mariota under center in Atlanta. It will change, probably drastically.

Because of this change, a potential drop in production was to be expected for a player like Pitts. However, the extent of that slump left many on the outside looking frustrated with Pitts’ usage and lack of targets. But that perception is wrong, as Pitts had just 10 more targets through 10 games in 2021 than at the same point in 2022.

The difference? Completion rate between Pitts and his quarterback.

During the same 10-game stretch in both seasons, Pitts connected with Ryan on 62 percent of his 69 targets. That accounted for 43 catches for 635 receiving yards. In 2022, Pitts connected with Mariota on 47 percent of his 59 targets. That connection was half the stat line he had at the same time a year earlier, with 28 catches for 356 receiving yards.

So, yes. The quarterback change did affect Pitts, but also the Falcons’ game. As it evolved from what it was in 2021 to what it was in 2022, so did Pitts’ role as a tight end.

“You’ve seen a lot of growth in a lot of other jobs that we’ve asked him to do,” Smith explained. “There are definitely things that you wish could have gone differently, and that’s probably every year, but you could see that growth as a player as he became a more complete player.”

In Smith’s offense, the tight end’s role is complicated. It’s a role that Smith said is “probably” a little more expansive in what they ask their tight ends to do than in other offenses. Smith said on several occasions that Pitts’ run blocking improved the most from Year 1 to Year 2. The Falcons can run the ball behind Pitts this year in a way they couldn’t last year, Smith said. It’s a testament to Pitts’ growth. However, it’s evidence that doesn’t appear on Pitts’ personal stats.

That growth gives Smith confidence in Pitts’ entire journey.

Although Pitts’ touches and total yards don’t look like they did a year ago, Smith has confidence in his young tight end and the progress he’s made as a blocker and pass catcher.

Why? Because Smith said you don’t want or hope for Pitts’ production.

“You know he made it,” Smith said. “And you know he’s made other acquisitions in other areas that we’ve asked him to do. You’re very confident and positive about … his predicted future. You can’t predict everything, but you have evidence.”

Pitts is entering a new world in his professional career, which includes rehabbing to get back into it.

Smith isn’t concerned with the Pitts coming back in 2023. The evidence suggests he has nothing to worry about.

“He’s made so much progress,” Smith said of Pitts. “He’s such an impact player whether he touches the ball or not.”

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Is Kyle Pitts still injured?

Falcons TE Kyle Pitts undergoes knee surgery, out for 2022 season. To see also : ‘I’m excited to take what I’ve learned and embrace and apply it to the season’: Marcus Mariota ready for fresh start.

What did Kyle Pitts do? He played college football at Florida where he was named a unanimous All-American and received the 2020 John Mackey Award. Pitts was selected fourth overall by the Falcons in the 2021 NFL Draft, making him the highest drafted tight end in NFL history.

Will Kyle Pitts play this week? Falcons’ Kyle Pitts out for season The tight end just had knee surgery. Arthur Smith ruled out Kyle Pitts for the season. Smith said Pitts had surgery this week and they are not concerned about his potential return in 2023.

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Contract:4 years / $32,910,495
Free agent:2026 / UFA

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Is Kyle Pitts any good in the NFL? The Atlanta Falcons made Kyle Pitts the highest drafted tight end in NFL history last year. He was selected fourth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and immediately showed the world why the team is so high on him.

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