Arthur Smith has inferred that Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts isn't fully healthy.
Pitts missed seven games in 2022 with knee complications that resulted in him needing surgery for a torn MCL. He had just two catches for 21 yards in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"Look at him, obviously he's out there," Smith said. "There are no perfect timetables. But there are certain things, you see him, and he's doing really well right now and there are certain things that he can't [do well]. It's been a journey back. He's going to get there."
Smith refused to reveal how close he believes Pitts is to being healthy, only saying the soon-to-be 23-year-old is "getting close."
"I'd hate to put percentages on it, but you have to acknowledge that I thought [against Jacksonville] that there were some things outside that he looked as fast as he did as a rookie," Smith said. "It's getting close… but to Kyle's credit he continues to work and work behind the scenes and has never made an excuse out of anything."