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Is This The Week Kyle Pitts Breaks Out?

  • The Draft Network
  • October 7, 2021
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The Atlanta Falcons will travel to London, England this Sunday to take on the New York Jets in the first of two NFL games that are scheduled to be played across the pond this season. Sunday morning's contest promises to be a tight affair between a pair of struggling one-win teams.

The Falcons will be severely shorthanded on the offensive side of the ball. Star wide receiver Calvin Ridley has already been ruled out of the contest due to a personal matter, and his running mate Russell Gage will miss his second straight game as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.

The absences of Ridley and Gage leave the Falcons with the likes of Olamide Zaccheaus, Tajae Sharpe, Christian Blake, and Frank Darby at the receiver position—a group that won't exactly instill fear into the hearts of the Jets' underrated secondary. Atlanta’s lack of depth at the receiver position should lead to the best game of Kyle Pitts' young career. 

Pitts has yet to make the desired impact through the first games of his rookie season due to varying reasons that have been more of a team failure than an individual one. Arthur Smith's men are currently scoring just 19.5 points per game while averaging just 232.8 yards through the air.

The former Florida standout hasn't exactly hit the ground running in his debut campaign and is averaging a pedestrian 47.25 receiving yards per contest. Pitts has finished two of four games with receiving yard totals in the 30s, something few of us envisioned would be the case. Pitts has been patiently waiting to break out of his early-season slump, and this feels like the ultimate "get right" opportunity on deck with few proven playmakers set to take the field for Atlanta in a tasty matchup against a bad 1-3 Jets team. Ridley and Gage have combined for an astounding 15 targets per game. Somebody has to be on the receiving end of Matt Ryan’s passing attempts on Sunday, and Pitts is the obvious candidate to reap the benefits.

Robert Saleh's defense will certainly key in on Pitts this week given the lack of NFL-worthy talent the Falcons will deploy at receiver. It won't be anything new for Pitts, who has been bracketed by opposing coverages on a relatively consistent basis this season. But Pitts has the explosive skill set as a dynamic route runner to counteract whatever the Jets’ defense throws at him.

With a lot of touches in Atlanta’s offense now up for grabs in Week 5, look for Ryan to get the ball in Pitts’ hands on an extremely consistent basis.

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