Kyle Pitts becomes second rookie tight end to eclipse 1,000 yards in NFL history, breaks Julio Jones' franchise record

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts #8 warms up prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on Sunday, January 2, 2022. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Atlanta Falcons)

Kyle Pitts added another record to his historic rookie season on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Pitts became the only rookie in Falcons' history to amass over 1,000 receiving yards.

Pitts also set a new rookie franchise record when he caught a 61-yard pass in the second quarter, moving past Julio Jones for the most receiving yards for a rookie in Falcons' history.

The milestone moves Pitts even closer to passing Mike Ditka's 60-year-old rookie record for receiving yards for a tight end (1,076), a mark that has been attached to Pitts' name since he was selected with the No. 4 overall pick. 

Sunday's milestones come a little over a week after Pitts was named to the Pro Bowl and just a week after he set the Falcons franchise record for yards for a rookie tight end. Pitts also became the only rookie tight end in NFL history with 60+ receptions and 900 yards last week. 

Pitts is currently third in the NFL among tight ends in receiving yards, behind Baltimore's Mark Andrews and Kansas City's Travis Kelce.


Falcons Final Whistle | A Postgame Podcast

Break down the hottest topics surrounding the Atlanta Falcons and how they can impact the team's success with Falcons Insiders Scott Bair, Tori McElhaney and Terrin Waack. Like and subscribe to join us for the lively debate on Falcons Final Whistle.

Welcome to Falcons Final Whistle – an Atlanta Falcons football postgame podcast during the season that shifts gears in the offseason to answer a pressing question about the team's future each week through free agency, the NFL Draft and the offseason program.

Related Content