QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 228||Born: 5-17-1985||College: Boston College||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
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General News (Tue Nov 21): has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions with a 104.9 passer rating over the last five games. He threw six touchdowns and six interceptions with an 87.3 passer rating in the first five games.
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Great matchup. No, Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game won't be reaching (nor even sniffing) their wild 2016 heights. This is still a talented and solid unit, but it's regressed massively from those record-threatening numbers of last year. Ryan's adjusted net yardage per attempt, with factors in sacks and interceptions, has fallen from league-best to a middle-of-the-pack 6.89, and his 4.6% touchdown rate is squarely in line with his career marks. And when this unit reverts to those marks, it's rarely more than a good-not-great one. Ryan has thrown for 294+ yards 3 times this year, but failed to top 254 in any other game, and that touchdown rate sits just 15th among regular starters. The big obstruction here has been the offense's inability to turn its world-beating potential - specifically, Julio Jones' dazzling downfield play - into productivity. Jones has registered just 9 receptions of 20+ yards - same as Washington running back Chris Thompson - and scored only once, continuing his career-long refusal to produce touchdowns. As things stand, we can regard this passing game as consistent and workable, but not dynamic or week-winning by any stretch. Luckily, if ever there's a matchup with blowup potential, it's a date with the Buccaneers, so it's fair to expect this unit's strongest production of the season in Week 12 (or something close to it). The thin-membraned Tampa Bay pass defense showed up again in Week 11 and found itself thoroughly shredded by backup quarterback Matt Moore. After harassing Jay Cutler into 3 interceptions and chasing him out of the game, the Buccaneers allowed Moore to rack up 282 yards on 28 attempts, including a beautiful 61-yard touchdown strike Kenny Stills. It was no new occurrence: this is a defense that's allowed 262+ yards to Moore, Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, Tyrod Taylor, and Case Keenum. Matt Ryan and the Falcons pass game have their warts, but Ryan doesn't exactly need to be in All-Pro form to exploit this unit. And the fact that they've allowed 34 completions of 20+ yards - ninth-most in the league - suggests this is a fantastic blow-up spot for Julio Jones and the Falcons crew.
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs SEA (19 / 27 / 195 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
His most impactful throw of the initial drive was an on-target go route to Mohamed Sanu in the end zone. Seattle cornerback Byron Maxwell defended the route by holding Sanu's inside arm. This foul put the ball at the Seahawks' one, and Tevin Coleman capped the drive with a plunge. Hardy caught a low-thrown out on 3rd and 7 to set up a 1st and goal on the second drive. Ryan threw the ball low by design because of the coverage over top. On the next play, he tried to target Marvin Hall from a twin set at the five, but he threw the ball outside of Hall. The ball bounced off Hall into the arms of cornerback Jeremy Lane, who dropped the ball. Two plays later, Ryan found Sanu for a one-hand stab of a fade route in the right corner of the end zone to put Atlanta up 14-0. He later found Sanu for a key third-down conversion during the third drive from a tight pocket. Ryan also avoided pressure later in the game when he broke the pocket for a first down on 3rd and 8 with a 14-yard run up the left flat to reach the Seattle 40. He then hit Jones for a first down on a crossing route with a bootleg left. Ryan finished this drive with a 25-yard throwback to Levine Toilolo on a seam route up the left flat, extending its lead to 11. Late in the game, Ryan took a 3rd and 3 sack from Sheldon Richardson on an inside rush against the right guard Schweitzer. This prevented Atlanta from running out the clock and gave Seattle one last drive that came within about three yards of tying the game.
2017 Week 10 vs DAL (22 / 29 / 215 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mohamed Sanu tipped Ryan's first pass after the cornerback hit Sanu from behind on a curl route and Xavier Woods made the interception deep in Atlanta territory. Even so, Ryan was sharp and his timing with his receivers during the first two series - including this play, was a strong. Ryan later overshot a wide-open Marvin Hall on a deep cross to the left sideline during the second series of the game. After that, Ryan and the Falcons stuck to short and intermediate timing routes with greater success - especially with the aid of play-action passing. Ryan took advantage of a 17-yard run by Tevin Coleman to open the 3rd quarter with a 24-yard play-action crossing route to Julio Jones to get Atlanta inside the Dallas 35. He converted a third-down pass to Taylor Gabriel with a tight-window throw at the Dallas six while breaking the pocket up the middle and throwing on the move. Ryan then capped the long drive with a post route to Hardy in the back of the end zone. Ryan later found Gabriel in the fourth quarter with an excellent dig route for a long gain that flipped the field and led to consecutive play-action drag routes to Austin Hooper to extend the lead to 17.
2017 Week 9 vs CAR (24 / 38 / 313 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
He led off the game with a 34-yard play to Julio Jones and the receiver broke a tackle. This could have easily been an interception if not for Jones re-establishing position. He found Jones against a high-low bracket that was behind the receiver but Jones fended off Thomas Davis for the catch Four plays later, Ryan missed Jones on the deep post from the 46 of Carolina. This would have resulted in a touchdown. Ryan later found Austin Hooper and Mohamed Sanu on key plays to finish the drive, including a six-yard shallow out to Sanu for the score. Jones caught a corner route for 26 late in the half on a pass thrown too far inside but pressure forced the off-balanced throw. Ryan and Hooper weren't on the same page on a downfield route over the middle where Hooper broke further down field and Ryan threw it wide to the open spot, which allowed the safety to break across the tight end for the interception and a 35-yard return. Carolina amped up the pressure with the lead and late in the third quarter, Ryan held onto the ball too long, taking multiple sacks to end the period. One of those sacks, he was outside the pocket and should have thrown the ball away. Ryan found Jones on a good timing route for 18 up the left sideline on a hook route early in the fourth quarter, but then put too much air under the ball on an open go route to the receiver who got tangled up with the corner and had to leave the game again. Ryan found Justin Hardy for 19 on a risky throw while leaning against his lineman who was pushed into the pocket. With the game close, Ryan was finally accurate on a deep post on 4th down, but Jones dropped the ball while trying to trap it against his chest. The next drive, Ryan found multiple underneath targets, including a 40-yard catch and run to Taylor Gabriel that ended with a 19-yard, WR screen to Tevin Coleman to close the gap to 3. However, Ryan could not find time during the final drive to deliver the ball downfield and Carolina ran out the clock.
2017 Week 8 vs NYJ (18 / 29 / 254 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 17 / 0 rush)
Ryan fumbled a pair of exchanges from center in the first half, and the Jets recovered each fumble inside Atlanta's territory and well inside field goal range. However, the Jets could only manage a field goal as the net result. The Falcons did a better job of targeting Austin Hooper from the slot early on and it led to a second score where Ryan missed the first window to hit Hooper on a corner fade but anticipated Hooper working open to the inside on the second effort. Ryan buying time and his receivers working open was a theme in the red zone. The same thing happened when Ryan looked to Mohamed Sanu in the fourth quarter on a crossing route. Ryan had to climb pressure and slide outside the pocket to buy time and Sanu reversed his field, curling along the end line to get open and make a diving catch. Ryan also found Julio Jones for a 54-yard completion on a play-action post covering 56-yards in the air. Despite buying time and creating second-chance opportunities, Ryan had some close calls late in this game that could have cost the Falcons. Up by five, Ryan was charged with intentional grounding to set up a 3rd and 25 deep in its own territory after buying time form pressure and throwing the ball to the middle of the field with no receiver around. Later, Ryan nearly got picked off by Darron Lee on a diving defensive effort of a hurried outlet target to Freeman in the red zone with 5:30 left in the game up by two. If Lee were a set closer and didn't have to dive, it could have been a 97-yard pick-six.
2017 Week 7 vs NE (23 / 33 / 233 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 37 / 0 rush)
The Falcons quarterback was not at all sharp in this game. He led Mohamed Sanu too far on a short target at the boundary on a 3rd-and-2 mismatch with safety Eugene Chung. Although he found Julio Jones for 12 yards on a bootleg action pass to the left during the second series to get close to midfield and converted a 4th and 2 at midfield with a scramble, he later overshot an open Sanu up the left rail on 2nd and 10 from the Patriots' 19 into the end zone. Later in the drive, he hit Andre Roberts on a third-down pass in the red zone that was broken up and it led to a blocked field goal. He took a sack during the next drive and it derailed the series and inside the two-minute warning, Ryan once again overshot Sanu on a 4th and 6 corner route. Sanu broke the route off like it was an out and Ryan threw the corner. Ryan once again rushed for a first down in the second half and then overshot Jones on 2nd and 7 from the 17 of New England on a corner route. Like Sanu, Jones seemed to flatten out the route to an out when Ryan threw the corner. Ryan overshot Sanu again to the right corner in the end zone in the same spot he targeted Jones on previous play, leading to a missed attempt of a 35-yard field goal. Ryan finally hit Sanu on a sideline fade between two defenders at the Patriots one to open the fourth quarter. However, Ryan failed to lead Jones on a 3rd and goal crossing route at the end line against Butler and the CB batted it away. It seemed like Ryan's most productive moments were runs for conversions. With the Patriots having the game in hand 23-0, the Falcons finally scored on the 11th play of an 88-yard drive when Ryan delivered a low-thrown corner fade against Butler that Jones had to wrestle away.
2017 Week 6 vs MIA (24 / 35 / 248 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Falcons began the game connecting on multiple routes of less than 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Ryan's longest target was a 10-yard back shoulder fade to Julio Jones on 3rd and 10 near midfield that drew a defensive pass interference penalty. During the second series, Ryan delivered a strong play fake to Devonta Freeman while his receiver Justin Hardy worked behind him on the run action to set up a deep post perfectly thrown to the newly re-signed Marvin Hall for a 41-yard touchdown. Miami's domination of the second and third quarter with power running made the game close and allowed the Dolphins to pressure Ryan. The quarterback took his first sack from Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake on a play-action pass against a safety blitz that forced the QB to climb into the duo in the bottom half of the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Jake Matthews blew a protection and led to another sack of Ryan on 2nd and 20 near midfield, forcing a check-down, a failed snap on a punt that gave Miami great field position, and ultimately the lead. Ryan made some good throws on the final drive but Miami's defensive back made a great play on the ball on a target to Austin Hooper while in trail coverage and tipped it to safety Rashard Jones for the game sealing interception deep in Miami's territory.
2017 Week 4 vs BUF (24 / 42 / 242 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
If Ryan didn't find his first read during the first half, Bills pressure forced him to throw early and off-target from the pocket. After a failed first drive, Buffalo downed a punt inside the Atlanta 1 and Ryan missed a wide-open check-down to FB Derrick Coleman up the left sideline late in the first quarter. A few plays later, he was too wide of Mohamed Sanu on a third-down back-shoulder fade, forcing a second punt. On the next drive, Ryan threw behind Sanu on third down against rookie Tre'Davious White, who stopped Sanu shy of the marker deep in Buffalo territory and forced a field goal. Ryan missed multiple throws on second and third reads. Ryan then had the ball knocked loose by Jerry Hughes in the pocket. White recovered the fumble for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead. With Jones and Sanu out of the game, Ryan tried too hard for a big play, underthrowing an open Gabriel on a deep post that Ryan lacked the arm strength to throw ahead of the target. The underthrown ball gave the safety position for the interception. Ryan tied the game on the next drive with a one-yard throw to Justin Hardy, who earned a free release against a confused Buffalo tandem of safety and linebacker. However, Buffalo continued pressuring Ryan in subsequent possessions and the inaccurate targets resumed. Ryan threw behind Hardy on a slant on 2nd and 17 after Devonta Freeman tried to reverse field on a 1st and 10 late in the game and lost 7. He then led Nick Williams too far on a deep slant and Williams' diving effort tipped the ball into safety Micah Hyde's arms for the interception and a return into Atlanta territory. On the final drive, the Bills covered Ryan's first two reads so well that Ryan was forced to over throw Gabriel on an out on 4th and 1, sealing the game for Buffalo at their own 10 with 0:42 left.
2017 Week 3 vs DET (24 / 35 / 294 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After hitting four of his first five passes that got the Falcons inside the 12, Ryan took a sack up the middle for a loss of eight. The pressure also forced Ryan to overthrow a well-covered Julio Jones on a corner fade in the end zone. After finding Devonta Freeman in a tight window on 3rd and 16 for 18 yards, Ryan followed up with a sprint-out shallow route to the left side for a completion on a bang-bang play that the replay officials eventually ruled a touchdown. Ryan took a sack on 3rd and 2 inside the Atlanta 10 after tripping over his feet while trying to retreat from pressure pushing a teammate into the quarterback's face, leading to a field goal and a 10-point lead. Ryan threw a pick-six to Glover Quinn late in the half off a play-action pass against a Cover-1 look where Quinn refused to be baited by the fake and kept his depth to jump the route, pick off Jones on the dig, and return it up the right sideline to close the gap to 17-13. It was Ryan's first interception in 304 pass attempts. Ryan had his pass tipped by the defensive line on a target to Coleman on a screen with 0:45 in the half and was nearly intercepted. Ryan later got within a foot of a touchdown on a deep sideline route to Jones on the first play of the third quarter. Ryan targeted Gabriel on 3rd and 3 late in the third quarter deep in Atlanta's own territory and Atlanta rushed to the line to prevent a contested replay situation on the diving grab. Ryan rushed his throw to Tevin Coleman, who wasn't ready for a hard throw. The ball went through his hands and Darius Slay returned the interception to the Atlanta 21. Sanu let a second pass through his hands at the Detroit 10 on 2nd and 10 from the 19 in the middle of the fourth quarter, and Darius Slay earned his second interception of the game and prevented Atlanta from building on its 30-26 lead.
2017 Week 2 vs GB (19 / 28 / 252 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Ryan leaned on Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu with crossing routes and outs during the first half. Ryan hit Jones twice on the opening drive for 52 yards, including a 33-yard gain on an intermediate crosser off a fake stretch play. Ryan took a Clay Matthews sack around the edge of the replacement right tackle Ty Sambrallo on third down of the second series, forcing a punt. Ryan began the third series with a 24-yard completion to Sanu on a crossing route off a play-action roll to the left. Ryan over shot a potential big play to Taylor Gabriel after the Packers edge defenders squeezed the pocket and forced Ryan to climb and loft the ball on the move. He later found Sanu for 21 yards on a crossing route early in the second quarter to work across midfield during the Falcons' third series of the game. With a healthy lead in the second half, the Falcons maintained a healthy balance of pass and run to bleed the clock. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Ryan delivered slants to Jones and Sanu for chunks of yards that set up first downs and more runs for Devonta Freeman.
2017 Week 1 vs CHI (21 / 30 / 321 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Ryan hit his first five passes on the drive to four different receivers to get inside the 29 of Chicago to set up a field goal to complete an 11-play 62-yard opening drive. He overthrew Sanu on third down in the second drive to set up a punt. The Bears sacked Ryan on first down in the middle of the second quarter. Followed up with a crossing route to Jones for 25 to get inside the red zone. Slid inside the 5 on 2nd and 13 against edge pressure to avoid the sack and set up the open lane in the late second quarter for 13 yards. Freeman then bounced it outside for the TD. It was their second 11-play scoring drive. Pressured twice in a row on first drive of the third quarter for Falcons and sacked on second play on third down by Akeem Hicks up the middle. Split a double team due to outside pressure by nickel backer to open the double team. Justin Hardy Juggled a 3rand 8 deep out that he tight roped the sideline and incomplete but Matt Ryan roughed with late hit on the ground in the third quarter with 5:10 left. Ryan hit Austin Hooper for an 88-yard score and then later a 40-yard catch and run to set up a field goal to put the Falcons up six with only a few minutes left.
Latest NewsFalcons | Matt Ryan playing better (Tue Nov 21, 09:10 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions with a 104.9 passer rating over the last five games. He threw six touchdowns and six interceptions with an 87.3 passer rating in the first five games. Our View: The Falcons have dealt with some RB injuries this year, and this was a team getting used to new OC Steve Sarkisian to begin 2017. As Ryan becomes more comfortable in the system, he should continue to thrive as he has in recent weeks.
link to story Falcons | Matt Ryan throws for pair of TDs on MNF (Tue Nov 21, 12:07 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 19-of-27 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 11 win Monday, Nov. 20, against the Seattle Seahawks. He also had three rushes for 12 yards. link to story Falcons | Matt Ryan quickest to 40,000 yards (Wed Nov 15, 10:02 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan became the quickest quarterback in NFL history to reach 40,000 passing yards (151 games) with his performance in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys, breaking New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees' record by one game. link to story Falcons | Matt Ryan tosses two touchdowns (Sun Nov 12, 11:49 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 22 of his 29 pass attempts for 215 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys. link to story
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