ATLANTA — Falcons coach Arthur Smith stated Friday he expects “everybody” being all set for the season opener on Sept. 10 versus Carolina.
“Everybody” would consist of tight end Kyle Pitts, who is recuperating from surgical treatment to fix his ideal MCL.
Asked particularly about Pitts’ healing, Smith preserved several times that the group is going to be clever with its third-year tight end, however it’s a sign he ought to be all set by the opener.
“We fully anticipate everybody being ready to go Sept. 10,” Smith stated prior to the group’s 2nd OTA practice. “And so we’ll be smart.”
Pitts has actually not been identified at either of the open voluntary OTA practices, and Smith decreased to provide a more concrete timeline on Pitts’ return and whether he’ll be offered for training school.
He had knee surgical treatment after suffering the injury in Atlanta’s win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 20.
When Pitts was hurt in November, Smith suggested then he wasn’t sure if Pitts would be all set for offseason exercises, however that it was “nothing that concerns us for real games in the season.”
Atlanta has actually bewared with injuries under Smith, specifically throughout the offseason and training school. Receiver Drake London remained the majority of in 2015’s training school after being hurt in the preseason opener vs. Detroit.
“We’re trying to be smart. We know we’re planning to play 20, 21 games,” Smith stated Friday. “So when you do that, you need to be ready to go, peaking, ready to roll Sept. 10 and play our best football at the end of the year.
“So that enters into mind.”
Pitts, who likewise missed out on a video game and was restricted in others last season due to the fact that of a hamstring injury prior to the season-ending injury, had 28 catches for 356 backyards and 2 goals in 10 video games in 2022.
Pitts in 2021 ended up being the 2nd tight end in NFL history to eclipse 1,000 backyards as a novice, making a Pro Bowl berth.