Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts eager to build on brilliant rookie season

Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Jason Getz via AP / Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts makes a catch at training camp on Aug. 1 in Flowery Branch, Ga.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Kyle Pitts likes to set goals.

The Atlanta Falcons tight end isn't much for talking about what's on the list - "that's confidential," he quipped - but one thing is definitely on his mind after a brilliant rookie season: Getting to the end zone more often.

Pitts was held to a single touchdown catch in 2021, which is about the only statistical shortcoming that stands out from his first NFL season. Drafted fourth overall out of Florida, he tallied 68 receptions for 1,026 yards and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, cementing him as one of the cornerstones in Atlanta's massive rebuilding project.

Blessed with a receiver's speed and a 6-foot-6, 245-pound frame, Pitts fits right in with a new generation of tight ends who are far more than just an extra blocker.