The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons held two joint practises over the weekend, and tight end Kyle Pitts was a major talking point both times.
And in his first 2022 preseason game on Monday night at MetLife Stadium, Pitts lived up to the hype.
Pitts caught a pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota for 52 yards as time expired in the first quarter and the Falcons faced second-and-six.
Marcus Mariota said in an ESPN interview, "it makes it easy when you have a guy like Kyle." "The play had a positive impact on us. And the way we looked good to ourselves.
The Falcons' drive was halted after a field goal attempt of 23 yards. But it wasn't enough to prevent a 24-16 loss to the Jets in the preseason for the Falcons.
Pitts only played in one drive during his first preseason game, but that was enough to solidify his status as the Falcons' most promising offensive prospect for the upcoming 2022 season.
In a game where he saw more action than usual, veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota dominated the New York Jets.
For the first three drives of the game, Mariota was in the game and he completed 6 of 10 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons.
Mariota made timely, accurate throws from the pocket thanks to his quick reads and release.
Rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder was just as good as his veteran counterpart, if not better, at directing the play.
Because Mariota, the rookie quarterback, had to play the majority of his snaps in the rain, Ridder's performance may have been more impressive.