Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts is getting closer and closer to a legend’s rookie record at that position following today’s 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions.
Hall of Famer Mike Ditka set the record for most receiving yards (1,076) by a tight end in 1961 in just 14 games played at a time when passing football consistently was unheard of.
Considering the Falcons have played 15 games this season and Pitts is already at 941 receiving yards with two games remaining, it’s reasonable to believe the former Florida Gator will be the new record holder by the end of the season. season.
Despite only being targeted six times today, Pitts hit every one of those targets. At one of those receptions, he did a tough routine like he was already at an elite level with some of the best players at that position in NFL history.
As if Pro Bowl honors weren’t enough for the Atlanta rookie, he was the driving force behind the team’s victory, which now gives Arthur Smith’s team a 7-8 record. , as they are still in the middle of the NFC playoffs.
Next week, the Dirty Birds will travel to face the Bills in Buffalo, New York. At this time of year, weather conditions are unstable on the Great Lakes. Still, a favorable forecast (no precipitation or high winds) would benefit Kyle’s quest to break Ditka’s record.
For the team final, they will be at home against the New Orleans Saints, who have been playing much better defense since the two teams first met this season.
However, both teams are ranked in the top 10 for stopping opposing tight ends in yardage. Either way, 127 yards in two games is achievable for the Falcons tight end. Expect him to make the most of his opportunities over the next two weeks, as he has done all season.