Sep 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jamel Dean (35) and defensive back Jordan Whitehead (33) in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Jamel Dean (35) and defensive back Jordan Whitehead (33) in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons

Sep 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (8) gets tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) in the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

It was a hard-fought game by the Atlanta Falcons, there is absolutely no denying that. They started out extremely rough but ended up battling back to make it a close game, only to make a few mistakes that made the scoreboard look worse than it really was.

Many Atlanta Falcons deserve some credit for how they played and battled during the game.

However, when you lose – especially the way they did – it is often due to a few players not stepping up when you need them to, and that can easily be said for the Atlanta Falcons against the Buccaneers.

3 up, 3 down for the Atlanta Falcons, starting with a positive performance.

Up: Kyle Pitts

This was a huge one for the Atlanta Falcons, they were already hearing some angry fans about how drafting a tight end top-five would not help the team in the long run.

Well, they are really quiet now if they actually studied the game like they should before talking.

Pitts was excellent, no way around it. He made some catches that were vital for the Falcons at that point in the game – none better than his one-handed snag on third down when the offense was backed up on their own side of the field.

The part of his game that most would not see was how effective he was at blocking.

Pitts was much of the reason that Cordarrelle Patterson was able to score the teams’ first touchdown of the year, he provided a critical block on the outside that kept the defender from being able to sprint out and get to the runner.

It was not the most dominant block but he did his job and understood what he needed to do.

There were also numerous other times where he was able to make excellent blocks. One in particular where he was able to keep the Buccaneers defensive lineman from doing anything on a pass-rush rep. He basically did a better job than Kaleb McGary did, if we are being brutally honest.

What a great statement by the Falcon’s rookie.

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