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Giants, Jabrill Peppers ready for the challenge of defending Kyle Pitts

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts is an athletic freak of nature. There’s no other way to put it.

Pitts stands 6-foot-6, weighs 240 pounds and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. His 33.5-inch arms and nearly 11-inch hands can snatch the ball out of the air like a mantis shrimp grabbing its prey.

That’s a problem for the New York Giants, who have spent well over a decade struggling to defend opposing tight ends. And while Pitts hasn’t had his “breakout game” just yet, they know it could come at any moment.

“He’s big, he’s fast, he can catch the ball. Because it’s only a two-game sample size and some of the preseason, if you go back and watch his college tape it becomes really scary, because all those corners that get drafted in the first round, that’s who those guys had covering him. All those teams in the SEC had guys covering him,” defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said this week.

“He’s a pretty dynamic player. The combination of speed, size, catch radius and all those catchy terms like that makes him a dangerous player, and his willingness to block. He’ll be the point of attack in the run game, which is a bonus for him.”

Shutting Pitts down — or perhaps more realistically, slowing Pitts down — will fall on the likes of safety Jabrill Peppers, linebacker Blake Martinez and a small handful of others.

They know all too well that will be no task.

“I think he’s a great tight end. A good receiving target, big body, great catch radius. Someone you’ve got to be very wary of,” Peppers told reporters on Friday, adding that he’s never seen anyone like Pitts.

“[He’s] definitely a unicorn athlete. He’s basically a wide receiver, tight end at the same time. It’s somebody you have to know where he’s at all times, what formations he’s in and just try to see certain tendencies and then go and make plays against someone like that,” Martinez said a day earlier. “I think he’s a one of one. In the collector space, he’s definitely a one of one and he’s a freak.”

The Giants certainly aren’t going to overlook Pitts and his potential impact on the game, but captain Logan Ryan intends to make sure of it anyway.

“He was like the most highly touted draft pick I ever heard of coming out in a long time. He seems like he’s a [6-6], 245, fast, tight end, receiver. We saw last game, I watched the game, he made some athletic catches,” Ryan said.

The presence of Pitts is arguably the biggest advantage Atlanta has over New York entering Week 3 and you can bet they’re going to try to exploit it. If the Giants’ defense can keep him at all in check, they’ll stand a good chance of picking up win No. 1 this Sunday. If not, things are going to get loud in East Rutherford.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts is an athletic freak of nature. There’s no other way to put it.
Pitts stands 6-foot-6, weighs 240 pounds and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. His 33.5-inch arms and nearly 11-inch hands can snatch the ball out of the air like a mantis shrimp grabbing its prey.
That’s a problem for the New York Giants, who have spent well over a decade struggling to defend opposing tight ends. And while Pitts hasn’t had his “breakout game” just yet, they know it could come at any moment.
“He’s big, he’s fast, he can catch the ball. Because it’s only a two-game sample size and some of the preseason, if you go back and watch his college tape it becomes really scary, because all those corners that get drafted in the first round, that’s who those guys had covering him. All those teams in the SEC had guys covering him,” defensive coordinator Patrick Graham said this week.
“He’s a pretty dynamic player. The combination of speed, size, catch radius and all those catchy terms like that makes him a dangerous player, and his willingness to block. He’ll be the point of attack in the run game, which is a bonus for him.”
Shutting Pitts down — or perhaps more realistically, slowing Pitts down — will fall on the likes of safety Jabrill Peppers, linebacker Blake Martinez and a small handful of others.
They know all too well that will be no task.
“I think he’s a great tight end. A good receiving target, big body, great catch radius. Someone you’ve got to be very wary of,” Peppers told reporters on Friday, adding that he’s never seen anyone like Pitts.
“[He’s] definitely a unicorn athlete. He’s basically a wide receiver, tight end at the same time. It’s somebody you have to know where he’s at all times, what formations he’s in and just try to see certain tendencies and then go and make plays against someone like that,” Martinez said a day earlier. “I think he’s a one of one. In the collector space, he’s definitely a one of one and he’s a freak.”
The Giants certainly aren’t going to overlook Pitts and his potential impact on the game, but captain Logan Ryan intends to make sure of it anyway.
“He was like the most highly touted draft pick I ever heard of coming out in a long time. He seems like he’s a [6-6], 245, fast, tight end, receiver. We saw last game, I watched the game, he made some athletic catches,” Ryan said.
The presence of Pitts is arguably the biggest advantage Atlanta has over New York entering Week 3 and you can bet they’re going to try to exploit it. If the Giants’ defense can keep him at all in check, they’ll stand a good chance of picking up win No. 1 this Sunday. If not, things are going to get loud in East Rutherford.

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