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Atlanta’s new tight end, Kyle Pitts, has been dubbed a unicorn — boasting the route running of a wideout while retaining the physicality of a tight end.
Speaking to the media, Pitts spoke on the sky-high expectations of joining Atlanta and how the pressure is only secondary to the euphoria of joining the NFL — fulfilling a childhood dream.
“I’ll be very excited,” said Pitts, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ve been waiting my whole life. I’ve been wanting to play in the NFL my whole life.”
The NFL has welcomed a number of pass-catching tight ends with the unique skill set to splash in the league, but Pitts’ prospects are already soaring higher than fellow first-round picks at the position.
The title of “unicorn” and status as the highest-drafted tight end in history (No. 4) weighs heavy on the rookie’s debut in the league, but the young player out of Florida is adamant in developing chemistry with quarterback Matt Ryan and learning the offense under the first-year Falcons’ coaching staff.
Pitts added, “I know Coach Smith does a great job of getting his tight ends fed … so I’m eager to see.”
Pitts, measuring at 6’6″ and 240 lbs, ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the combine — catching Atlanta’s eye as a potential heir to the targets left by veteran Julio Jones. Expected to be the No. 2 option in the passing game, behind Calvin Ridley, Pitts will have plenty of opportunities to show off his generational skill set in his first year.
The tight end completed his final year as a Gator with 43 catches, 770 yards and 12 touchdowns.
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