After missing the team’s Week 5 matchup against the Buccaneers, Kyle Pitts returned to Falcons practice on Wednesday, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN.
Falcons HC Arthur Smith said Kyle Pitts will be back at practice today and they'll see how it goes this week with him.
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 12, 2022
Pitts missed the first game of his career last week and is aiming not to make it two this week against the 49ers. Soft tissue injuries, in this case, a hamstring injury, can be very tricky. There’s no telling the severity of it, and players like Pitts rely heavily on their explosion.
Let’s hope he can play Sunday because the offense looked pedestrian for most of the afternoon against Tampa Bay without him. Pitts doesn’t only give Marcus Mariota another big-bodied target, but he also opens up the offense for the other pass catchers like Drake London and Olamide Zaccheaus.
Pitts isn’t having the start to the year he imagined, with only ten catches for 150 yards through four games. To make matters worse, he recorded five of those catches and 87 yards in one game. The Falcons currently have Parker Hesse, Anthony Firkser, and Feleipe Franks as the other tight ends on the roster. Franks got a good amount of burn last week, but I’d be more interested in seeing MyCole Pruitt in for Franks or Firkser because he’s a far superior blocker, and this offense is clearly going to try to run the ball against San Francisco.
We’ll update you on the status of Kyle Pitts as the week progresses.
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