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QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 228Born: 5-17-1985College: Boston CollegeDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Ryan has showed us both ends of the spectrum playing with a piecemeal offensive line in two games so far this year. He should bounce back at home on a short week against the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Week 3: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 31 43 448 3 0 3 15 0 0
2 at CIN 24 44 231 1 3 3 28 0 0
3 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay 25 41 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NO (31 / 43 / 448 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)

The Falcons quarterback was scintillating this afternoon despite the fact that his offensive line was shakier than a jet cabin held together with duct tape. Lamar Holmes was beaten repeatedly at right tackle in the first quarter and Atlanta benched him for Gabe Carimi by the second frame. On the penultimate play of the half, rookie left tackle Jake Matthews missed the rest of the game after he injured his ankle while collapsing the edge pressure inside to give Ryan room to hit Roddy White for a 39-yard play to set up a late-half field goal. This injury forced the Falcons to reinsert Holmes and use Carimi at left tackle. Despite these issues with the line, Ryan was only sacked once in the game. Some credit goes to the line, but Ryan did a fantastic job of avoiding pressure in the pocket. He ran when he needed, but he often found the escape hatch and threw on the run to his receivers. Although Atlanta's pass protection inhibited the offense's vertical opportunities, the Falcons spread the field and ran a lot of quick-hitting plays within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. Ryan was accurate, wise under pressure, and spread the ball around enough that five players had at least 50 receiving yards. If Matthews' injury isn't too serious, the Falcons have enough skill weapons for Ryan to sustain a high level of fantasy production. If Matthews is out for a significant length of time, there's a legitimate concern that the Falcons quarterback won't be able to perform at this inspired level under constant pressure week in and week out.

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (24 / 44 / 231 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 28 / 0 rush)

While Ryan was great in the opener against the Saints it was commented here that it might be difficult for the Falcons passing game to sustain this production because the offensive line may not afford Ryan time to throw down field. This is exactly what happened against the Bengals. The Falcons attempted four short passes off less than 10 yards to begin the game and Cincinnati sat on the routes. With the exception of a play-action vertical route to Julio Jones that Jones juggled and nearly allowed safety George Iloka to intercept, there were a minimal number of attempts over 10 yards that Ryan had time to deliver with accuracy. Right tackle Lamar Holmes will be the broken record playing its sad song week after week. On Sunday, he struggled mightily against Carlos Dunlap even if Atlanta's short passing game disguised some of the statistical effects. Dunlap had one of Cincinnati's two sacks, but he also forced Ryan from the pocket multiple times - even when the Falcons put Levine Toilolo on the right side to help Holmes. Overall, Ryan wasn't as bad as his three interceptions indicate. His first interception was an attempt to Toilolo in the left flat that was tipped by Vontaze Burfict and intercepted on the rebound. Ryan overshot Harry Douglas on a post and didn't account for the safety behind the route in the red area and this mistake of coverage read resulted in Ryan's second interception. The third interception was a garbage time attempt to White up the seam that he overshot and safety George Iloka caught for his second pick-off in the game. Despite the fact that only one of Ryan's interceptions was a bad decision at a meaningful moment in the game, Atlanta will have to do a better job of protecting the pocket if the Falcons quarterback has any chance to throw the ball further than 15 yards downfield when the contest is still within reach.


Latest News

Falcons | Roddy White: Goal 30 points per game (Fri Sep 12, 12:57 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said the team's goal coming into the year was to put up 30 points per game. Since 2004, 12 teams have averaged 30 or more points per game, and those teams combined for a record of 155-37. Only one of those teams, the 2004 Kansas City Chiefs, failed to make the playoffs. The Falcons' highest average with QB Matt Ryan was 26.2 in 2002, when they finished 13-3.

Our View: The Falcons can do if the offensive line is even functional. Devin Hester adds another speedy threat in the wide receiver corps, and Matt Ryan looked as good as ever in Week 1.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan sets team record (Sun Sep 7, 08:55 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for a team record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 1 overtime win against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Sept. 7. He also eclipsed the team record for career touchdown passes (156), surpassing Steve Bartkowski (154).

Our View: Ryan should be returned to the top of the second tier of QBs just below Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees. Next week brings a tough game at Cincinnati, but the Falcons offense looks very dangerous with a myriad of weapons, including Devin Hester.
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