Pitts, offense held in check in disappointing Falcons debut


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021, in Atlanta. The Philadelphia Eagles won 32-6. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta first-year coach Arthur Smith and some Falcons newcomers did not enjoy the opening game they hoped for. First-round draft pick Kyle Pitts made his debut with four catches as the offense was held in check in an ugly 32-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The poor start to the season for Atlanta’s offense was especially disappointing for the newcomers, including rookie left guard Jalen Mayfield. Pitts, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, had eight targets in his much-anticipated debut. Quarterback Matt Ryan says Pitts “did some good things for the first time.”

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