What is going on with Kyle Pitts? That was the question everyone was asking after the Falcons’ embarrassing performance in London against the Jaguars.
He hadn’t had a dominant performance since his rookie year, and it was fair to wonder whether or not his knee was fully healed. Well, that was confirmed to a certain degree last week. Though Pitts or Arthur Smith didn’t outright say the MCL injury was a lingering issue, they said so without saying so.
It was worrisome, to say the least, but Kyle Pitts put those worries to rest on Sunday.
Prior to the Week 5 game against the Texans, the highest-drafted tight end in league history was hardly a factor in Atlanta’s offense. Pitts showed up in a big way, providing the best performance since his rookie year.
He hauled in seven receptions on 11 targets for 87 yards in the Falcons’ 21-19 win over the Texans. Even though it was just one game, it was very encouraging for Pitts and the offense as a whole.
Finally, he was the focal point of the offensive attack, leading the team in receptions, yards, and targets. It was by far the best performance of the season and probably better than his Week 3 performance last year when he recorded five receptions for 87 yards against the Seahawks. That would mark the best game since his illustrious rookie campaign.
It’s not completely abnormal for players to take a bit to get back to full health after a serious injury like Kyle Pitts suffered, especially for someone who relies on their immense physical talent. He’s slowly rounding into form as the season progresses.
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