Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Mon 1/10/22 12:43 PM

Pitts caught two of five targets for eight yards during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts came into the contest listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury, but the rookie first-round pick ultimately was able to suit up. However, the tight end produced his worst performance of the season. He finished the 2021 campaign with 68 catches for 1,026 yards, but he only scored one touchdown. Pitts was as advertised during his first season in the NFL and was one of the lone bright spots on the Falcons' sporadic offense, but he likely will have to improve as a red-zone threat in Year 2 if he's going to take over as a bonafide star.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Sun 1/9/22 3:10 PM

Pitts (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Saints.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts was questionable for Sunday's contest and will take the field for Atlanta in the season finale. The 21-year-old has 17 receptions for 309 yards over his past four games, though he continues to search for his first touchdown since Week 5.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Fri 1/7/22 2:45 PM

Pitts is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, after Falcons coach Arthur Smith said Friday that he'd wait until Saturday to determine the tight end's availability, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts thus enters the weekend uncertain for Atlanta's season finale, but with reason to believe another update will be available long before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. If the standout rookie doesn't play, Hayden Hurst and Parker Hesse will see most of the targets at tight end, with wideouts Russell Gage, Tajae Sharpe and Olamide Zaccheaus also candidates for more target volume.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Fri 1/7/22 1:52 PM

Coach Arthur Smith suggested Friday that the Falcons may wait until Saturday to decide if Pitts (hamstring) can play in Sunday's game against New Orleans, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
In other words, Pitts likely will be listed as questionable and may need to be treated as a game-time decision heading into the weekend, though it sounds like his status will be determined Saturday rather than Sunday morning/afternoon. The Falcons and Saints kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Thu 1/6/22 3:51 PM

Pitts (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Four days removed from not playing the second half of the Falcons' Week 17 loss at Buffalo, Pitts made his first appearance on the field since sustaining a hamstring injury. During a media session Thursday he relayed that he feels "good" and believes he'll be able to play Sunday against the Saints, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic. Ultimately, Friday's practice report will reveal Pitts' odds to suit up this weekend, when he'll need 59 yards to break Mike Ditka's rookie record of 1,076 receiving yards for a tight end.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Thu 1/6/22 1:55 PM

Pitts (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
A hamstring issue limited Pitts to a season-low 52 percent share of offensive snaps this past Sunday at Buffalo, but a 61-yard catch helped him pass the 60-yard threshold for the ninth time in 16 games in his first pro campaign. As a result, he now holds the Falcons receiving record for a rookie with 1,018 yards, but it remains to be seen if he'll get to build on that total Week 18 against the Saints. At the very least, Pitts is back on the practice field Thursday after sitting out one day prior.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Wed 1/5/22 1:49 PM

Pitts (hamstring) won't participate in Wednesday's practice, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts managed only about one half of action this past Sunday in Buffalo before sitting out the rest of the contest with a hamstring injury. He still managed two reception (on four targets) for 69 yards, with the bulk of his production coming on a 61-yard catch-and-run late in the second quarter. If Pitts doesn't do enough in practice this week to make an appearance Sunday versus the Saints, he'll finish the campaign with a Falcons rookie record 1,018 receiving yards across 16 appearances.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Sun 1/2/22 6:53 PM

Pitts sustained a hamstring injury during Sunday's 29-15 loss at Buffalo, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts sustained the injury midway through the contest but attempted to stay on the field at the start of the second half. He was unable to do so, but before departing the tight end's 69 yards helped him become the Falcon with the most receiving yards for a rookie in franchise history (he has 1,018 in 16 games). Afterward, coach Arthur Smith wouldn't comment on Pitts' health, merely telling Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site that the team realized he was unable to continue. Pitts' status thus bears watching as the week goes on to get a sense of his potential to play Week 18 against the Saints.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Sun 12/26/21 4:41 PM

Pitts secured all six targets for 102 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts comfortably paced the Falcons in receptions and receiving yards while also boasting the team lead in targets. The rookie tight end's 100-yard effort was his first since Week 7 versus Miami and third overall of his first NFL season, and it extended a streak of Pitts upping his yardage total over that of the prior contest to four games. The 21-year-old's catch total also was his highest since that aforementioned contest against the Dolphins, affording him plenty of momentum going into a Week 17 road matchup with the Bills.

Kyle Pitts
TE ATL (14)
Sun 12/19/21 9:32 PM

Pitts caught four of seven targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.
EDGE Analysis
Pitts broke free for a 49-yard catch and run in the second half, but he was held in check for the rest of the contest. Veteran wideout Russell Gage was featured as Atlanta's top receiving option, finishing ahead of the talented rookie in targets and yards for the fourth straight week. Pitts has had a solid first year in the NFL so far, tallying 48 receptions for 847 yards through 14 games, but a lack of touchdowns (one) has suppressed his fantasy production. Pitts' fantasy managers are hoping that the Falcons can learn to use the 6-foot-6 tight end closer to the end zone, as he has seen just two red-zone targets (both in Sunday's contest) over the last six weeks. The Falcons will take on the Lions in Week 16.