Kyle Pitts is a unicorn. His combination of size, speed, agility, athleticism, and catch radius make him one of the most diverse weapons in the NFL.
Few can guard Pitts one on one in this league. He can line up next to the tackle or in the backfield, as the X, Y, or Z. The highest-drafted tight end in NFL history can run the entire route tree while also using his size advantage in the redzone. He’s also an incredible vertical threat too, able to beat man or zone at all three levels, creating limitless possibilities for Arthur Smith.
Unicorn might not encapsulate the full scope of what Pitts can do on a football field, and he’s getting another unicorn to join him on the Falcons offense — Bijan Robinson.
“He’s a true unicorn,” an NFL offensive coach said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “He changes everything they do.”
I have referenced it a few times now, but it’s absolutely hilarious and true. Remember the scene from Friday Night Lights when Boobie Miles’ Uncle was in the bleachers talking to college scouts?
“He can block, tackle, score the touchdown, snap the ball, hold the snap, and kick the extra point. Hell, the boy will fill up the Gatorade cooler, walk the dog, and paint your back porch. The boy can flat out play football…AND HE CAN PASS!”
It describes Bijan Robinson’s game perfectly. He’s as dangerous as a runner as he is a pass catcher.
Robinson runs with a unique combination of balance, burst, elusiveness, vision, and power. He doesn’t lose speed in and out of cuts, a big play waiting to happen, responsible for 45 plays of 20+ yard gains in his career at Texas, including eight carries of 50+ yards.
14 of those 45 explosive plays were through the air. Robinson can run the entire running back route tree but also effectively work out of the slot. He’s better described as an offensive weapon than a running back, and now the Falcons have two offensive unicorns.
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