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Kyle Pitts 2024 Outlook


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Coming out of college, Pitts was advertised as being a decent blocker.  As it turns out, he is terrible.  This might explain why he was in Arthur Smith's doghouse.

Falcons tight ends coach Kevin Kroger said the team views Kyle Pitts as an “asset” in the run game.

“We’re not oblivious to the fact of his skill sets, what he does bring to the team from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game,” Koger told the team’s website. “But with him and the way we’re going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games. ... You’ll see him all over the field, not just out wide but also in the box.” Koger’s comments come a week after new Falcons offensive coordinator Zac Robinson said Pitts has “formational versatility” and would be used across the formation in 2024. It’s not exactly what fantasy managers want to hear about the hyper-athletic Pitts, who was relegated to a bit role in Arthur Smith’s offense over the past three seasons. Pro Football Focus graded Pitts’ run blocking 109th out of 110 qualifying tight ends in 2023. One-third of his snaps last season were spent run blocking. It would be a surprise if Atlanta’s new coaching staff did not deploy Pitts in a more fantasy friendly way.

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33 minutes ago, Farm Boy said:

It would be a surprise if Atlanta’s new coaching staff did not deploy Pitts in a more fantasy friendly way.

I should hope so. It would be hard to use him in a less friendly way.

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12 hours ago, lolcopter said:

Woof, it turns out Pitts doesn't have that dawg in him

With his athleticism he’s essentially a dollar store DK Metcalf. Basically a WR but Pitts isn’t that good at a lot of WR things either.

DK Metcalf is also a way better run blocker lol

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Teams are gonna call about trading for him.     New staffs often get rid of players you would expect them to build around.  That 5th year option looms as well, so if they aren't gonna pick that up, and someone is probing to get Pitts now so they can lock it in instead, well, you've got something.   

I don't think he'll get traded, but there will be at least a few "hey, just checking in to see if maybe you'd let Pitts go" type of conversations.   

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7 hours ago, AnotherRWOutcast said:

don't think he'll get traded, but there will be at least a few "hey, just checking in to see if maybe you'd let Pitts go" type of conversations.   

He's out of position, he's not a TE. He's just not physical enough or have the dog in him to be a TE. He could get away with that in college, but not in the NFL. They should move him to WR, make him a Drake London type. 

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I am not certain the knee will ever be right.  It's been well over a year since the MCL injury and he still clearly isn't going full speed.

Smith lined him up predominantly in the slot last year (58.6% of the time).  Time will tell if Morris does the same.  It's a potentially high volume role in a McVay coaching tree offense with Robinson as the OC.  I don't imagine him getting traded because of the ambiguity around his health.

He's way too risky to be drafted in standard sized leagues IMO with all of the new quality at the position.  Maybe if you have a strategy of drafting two low rated ones and seeing what works out or something, but even then I'd think there would be less risky bets.  Plus people are probably going to draft him higher based on the rookie year and "Smith is gone" and all that.

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