The Atlanta Falcons is a team that in the last ten years has received many people known for stretching the field (Julio Jones, Roddy White, Calvin Ridley).
Kyle Pitts is changing the game as a non-spreader who stretches the mind.
His first season, which resulted in the most receiving yards (1,026) since Mike Ditka, gave head coach Arthur Smith and the Falcons staff a new weapon to use in 2021, with more room in Year 2.
But for now, how does Pitt rank among NFL veterans?
ESPN created the best profile in the NFL after talking to dozens of staff and coaches around the league.
Pitts is number five on the list.
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Last year’s voters talked Pitts up as a fifth-rounder after his rookie year, and he lived up to that promise with a 1,026-yard season in Atlanta, making him the first running back since Mike Ditka to reach that mark.
“He’ll be in the class of Waller and Kelce next year,” the NFL coordinator said. “They don’t know what they’re doing anymore – wait until they figure it out.” … Pitts had just one catch, and his 61.8% was 22nd among tight ends.
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The former Florida Gator became the highest drafted tight end in NFL history, being taken fourth overall in the 2021 draft. Pitts played in all 17 games and became Matt Ryan’s favorite target after Ridley left.
Pitts rounded out the top five which included San Francisco’s George Kittle, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce, Las Vegas’ Darren Waller and Baltimore’s Mark Andrews.