6'6'' / 246 lbs
Not practicing yet
Pitts (knee) isn't practicing this week, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.
Pitts spent the winter rehabbing from November surgery on a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and given the typical return timeline it's possible he's already back to full strength and is just absent from voluntary OTAs or being brought along cautiously. Earlier reports had him on schedule in the recovery process, and Falcons coach Arthur Smith said this week that he expects all the players absent from practice this week to be ready for training camp. The knee is probably less of a concern than how Pitts fits in Smith's run-heavy offense, after he dropped from 60.4 yards per game and 9.4 per target as a rookie to 35.6 YPG and 6.0 YPT last season. The Falcons will continue running often after using the eighth overall pick on RB Bijan Robinson, but it's at least a safe assumption that whatever passing volume they have will largely go to Pitts and WR Drake London. It's harder to say if the trio of top-10 picks -- one from each of the past three drafts -- can help second-year QB Desmond Ridder become an efficient passer.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
|1 NO||Dome 77°||3.9||35th||1.95||6.0||42.5||7||2||19||0||9.5||6.5||3.0||33%||1||0||0||22%||24%||41%||29%|
|2 @LA||Outdoor 73°||3.9||29th||1.95||10.0||46.5||3||2||19||0||9.5||8.5||1.0||0%||1||0||0||12%||39%||25%||36%|
|3 @SEA||Outdoor 72°||13.7||6th||2.74||1.0||42.5||8||5||87||0||17.4||10.4||7.0||0%||4||2||0||42%||32%||40%||26%|
|4 CLE||Dome 68°||3.5||40th||3.50||1.0||48.5||4||1||25||0||25.0||20.0||5.0||0%||1||1||0||22%||21%||47%||27%|
|6 SF||Dome 76°||10.9||12th||3.63||3.5||45.5||3||3||19||1||6.3||6.0||0.3||0%||0||0||0||21%||30%||46%||24%|
|7 @CIN||Outdoor 72°||3.9||28th||1.30||6.5||47.5||5||3||9||0||3.0||2.0||1.0||0%||0||0||0||42%||22%||43%||32%|
|8 CAR||Dome 59°||19.0||3rd||3.80||-4.0||41.5||9||5||80||1||16.0||7.2||8.8||17%||3||2||0||32%||34%||42%||22%|
|9 LAC||Dome 78°||4.7||19th||2.35||3.0||49.5||7||2||27||0||13.5||8.5||5.0||33%||1||0||0||30%||31%||50%||14%|
|10 @CAR||Outdoor 61°||4.8||24th||2.40||-2.5||43.5||8||2||28||0||14.0||13.5||0.5||0%||2||0||0||28%||46%||27%||27%|
|11 CHI||Dome 41°||7.3||13th||2.43||-2.5||49.5||5||3||43||0||14.3||8.0||6.3||0%||2||0||0||28%||46%||29%||25%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
Rehab progressing on schedule
Falcons tight end coach Justin Peele said Monday that Pitts (knee) is "on schedule" in his recovery, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.
Pitts is recovering from right knee surgery undergone late November to address a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Suffering the injury Week 11 cut Pitts' sophomore campaign short, as he logged just 10 appearances, but there haven't been any hints of concern out of Atlanta about him potentially missing time during offseason workouts. In any case, Pitts should be back to full health well before the start of the 2023 season, barring any setbacks. The athletic tight end posted 1,026 receiving yards as a rookie, and depending on the Falcons' quarterback situation next season, Pitts once again may be a popular option in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.