Throwing to tight ends was an afterthought for the Tarheels’ offense in 2017 so Fritts 25 catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns doesn't turn any heads. But with that said, Fritts was a valuable piece of the offense because of his expanded usage as a utility blocker.
Fritts was tasked with lining up in the slot or in an h-back role and was a critical piece in UNCs blocking schemes. Whether it’s as an extra pass protector or hitting a key block in space, Fritts did well to fulfill his assignments. He excels at taking advantage of blocking angles and positioning his frame to seal pursuit. Fritts showcases good functional strength and a commitment to fitting his hands as a blocker.
As a receiver, Fritts mostly leaks into space or sits in zones where he showcases reliable hands and the ability to position his frame at the catch point. It’s critical Fritts’ chances to get drafted next spring that UNC features him more in the passing game. As it stands, grasping his skill set as a route runner and receiver is incomplete.
Whether it’s injuries, graduation or the NFL, the UNC offense lacked any sort of continuity in 2017. As the scheme develops with a new nucleus, an expanded role for Fritts could lead to him being a draft pick should he deliver on his flashes.