Kyle Pitts trying to improve on the mental part of the game in Year Two

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No one doubts the physical talents of Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts. He’s such a freakish physical athlete that a year ago he went with the fourth overall pick in the draft, unprecedented for a tight end.

But this year Pitts thinks it’s the mental part of the game where he can take an impressive step forward.

Mentally, I’m trying to get better,” he said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There’s always room for improvement. . . . The mental, trying to dissect coverage faster. . . . The mental side helps you play faster, just knowing what the defense is going to do.”

Falcons head coach Arthur Smith likes the progress Pitts has shown on the practice field and in team meetings.

“He’s not facing the unknown,” Smith said. “With all these rookies, everything is new to them. New environment, new team, staff, terminology. You see Kyle, you saw him as he progressed through last season. I’ve said it many times, he’s just scratching the surface. You see a different player and mindset. He knows what to expect, what we expect from him. I’ve been really encouraged so far.”

Pitts had a strong rookie season, catching 68 passes for 1,026 yards and being chosen to the Pro Bowl. He’s still just 21 years old, and there’s no reason he can’t get better.

9 responses to “Kyle Pitts trying to improve on the mental part of the game in Year Two

  1. Its crazy that he’s younger than the majority of rookies. I know he’s only had one year but with his age and if stays consistent he should break every TE record.

  2. “I’ve been really encouraged so far.”

    Oh really, coach?

    Pitts is clearly the most gifted tight end to come along in years, made the pro bowl his first year, and you are “encouraged”? My take is that Kyle Pitts will be a Falcon and all-pro long after you’ve been relegated back to offensive coordinator somewhere.

  3. chicken471 says:
    June 4, 2022 at 10:42 am
    Its crazy that he’s younger than the majority of rookies. I know he’s only had one year but with his age and if stays consistent he should break every TE record

    ———

    He’s played one season and you have determined he will break ever TE record?

    Sure thing

  4. The only way Pitts is going to get better if they get other weapons. If they double team Pitts because hes the #1 option in the passing game every play, he’s not going to do anything. I always thought this way. I compare it to JuJu Smith losing Brown. Some people might of thought wow Juju is going to get a bunch of targets, I was on the side of he’s going to have the #1 Corner on him now with help.

  5. This could end up working out for the Falcons if they wind up picking their franchise QB in next year’s draft. Pitts will have two years under his belt and could be a huge asset for a rookie QB to work with. Since a rookie will have 5 years before really getting paid, they could front load a contract for Pitts during the last two years of the rookie QB’s contract, which could structure things in a way they’d be able to comfortably keep both Pitts and the next QB for a long run. Now, they just have to pick the right franchise QB next year. Easier said than done, of course.

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