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Kyle Pitts has Matt Ryan’s Back on Twitter

There are few topics more divisive in Falcons country these days than quarterback Matt Ryan, but rookie tight end Kyle Pitts has his back.

With Matthew Stafford having won a Super Bowl with the LA Rams, the discussion amongst Atlanta Falcons fans stayed heated concerning Matt Ryan. Stafford couldn’t win with the Detroit Lions, while Ryan hasn’t won a Super Bowl with the Falcons.

Some blame Ryan for the Falcons failures; some blame the Falcons for failing Ryan. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in between.

The second part of the discussion has been about Stafford’s Hall of Fame credentials. Stafford has inexplicably only made the Pro Bowl one time, 2014 with the Lions, but now with a Super Bowl ring, his resume is starting to look better.

With Stafford getting more Hall of Fame talk, Miles Garrett posted a graphic on Twitter that shows Ryan’s career numbers compared to Stafford’s. Ryan’s numbers match up favorably in virtually every category including winning percentage, yards, rating, and pro bowls.

Garrett asks the question if Stafford is getting Hall of Fame talk, why the doubt about Ryan?

To which Falcons rookie tight end Kyle Pitts quote tweeted with a shrug.

The implication from Pitts is that he agrees if Stafford is in the Hall of Fame conversation, Ryan should be as well.

Pitts enjoyed a record-breaking first season with the Falcons with Ryan as his quarterback. He broke Julio Jones franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie with 1,026. The 21-year old tight end has a bright future ahead of him, even if most of it won’t be spent with the soon to be 37-year old Ryan.

When Ryan finally hangs up his cleats, he’ll be top 10 in most statistical categories of all time including passing yards and touchdowns.

Will it be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame if he’s unable to add a Super Bowl ring?

It looks like he’d have Pitts vote.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.