Kyle Pitts on How He Plans to Improve in Year 2: ‘Mentally I’m Trying to Improve’


The Atlanta Falcons have undergone significant changes this offseason. They traded longtime starting quarterback Matt Ryan. They saw their No. 1 receiver, Calvin Ridley, suspended for the entire season. They cut ties with several loyal defenders.

One thing that won’t change, however, is that tight end Kyle Pitts will be the centerpiece of the team’s offense. Being the main threat for a unit that doesn’t have many other top players to draw attention to is hard work, so Pitts knows he has to improve every offseason. This year, he is working on the mental aspect of the game.

“Mentally, I’m trying to get better. There’s always room for improvement,” Pitts said during the Falcons’ OTAs. according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The mental, trying to dissect cover faster… The mental side helps you play faster, just knowing what the defense is going to do.”

Without Ridley, with Russell Gage having signed with division rival Buccaneers, with running back Mike Davis now in Baltimore, and the Falcons having brought in rookie rookie Drake London and traded for former Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards, the cast of support around Pitts is very different than a year ago.

“It’s different, but it’s great to meet new people,” Pitts said. “They’re great guys. We’re really close. We got close quickly. We hang out a lot. It’s a new feeling. We’re trying to build camaraderie and build chemistry.”

This crew will be tasked with helping Marcus Mariota (and potentially Desmond Ridder) move the ball into Arthur Smith’s attack. It was a struggle at times for the Falcons last season, but the hope is that bringing in some new parts will at least help the team progress in Year 2. Pitts should lead the way, and if his rookie season is an indication. , it’s going to be pretty good for quite a while. The physical prowess is already there, and working on the mental aspect of the game can only make it better.


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