The Falcons completed their first of three organized team activity sessions last week, and there were several notable takeaways that the team’s website published. One that stuck out to me was the high-profile players still dealing with injuries — Kyle Pitts and Ta’Quon Graham.
Kyle Pitts, Ta’Quon Graham and Caleb Huntley continue to rehab their season-ending injuries from last year. None of the three were practicing in helmets with the rest of the team on Wednesday, which tracks with their rehab schedules that Smith has spoken about previously.
Now, obviously, this isn’t the worst thing in the world, especially considering how vital the pair are to Atlanta’s goals in 2023, but it’s worth monitoring. The Falcons will be at OTAs May 31 through June 2 for the second session and June 6-9 for the third and final session.
The Falcons won’t push Pitts or Graham in their respective recoveries, but the quicker they get back on the field, the better. Pitts more so than Graham because of the importance of developing a connection with Desmond Ridder. By the time the Falcons benched Marcus Mariota, Pitts had already been ruled out for the season.
After a disappointing sophomore campaign, the highest-drafted tight end in league history is primed for a bounce back season in 2023. The earlier Pitts can return to the field, the quicker he and Ridder can build their rapport.
We will keep you updated on both of these pressing injuries.
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