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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 Oct 5): Ryan moved the offense well, but Devonta Freeman was finishing drives before Ryan could punctuate them with touchdown. He's a solid QB1 heading into a matchup against Washington.

Week 5: vs Washington Redskins

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs PHI 77 23 34 298 2 2 5 7 0 0 21.6
2 at NYG 72 30 46 363 1 0 1 -1 0 0 22.05
3 at DAL 74 24 36 285 2 0 2 17 0 0 23.95
4 vs HOU 58 19 27 256 1 0 1 -1 0 0 16.7
5 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds * 22 34 * * * 2 * * * *
5 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 22 35 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs HOU (19 / 27 / 256 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Ryan wasn't needed much in this game thanks to great work up front for the ground game, Devonta Freeman's decisive running, and the opportunistic Falcons defense. One of the bigger plays of the day was a throw to Freeman for 25 yards on a third down during the first quarter where Ryan was forced right and threw on the move. The target may have been intended for the deeper receiver, but Freeman was in the flat and turned to the ball for the catch and broke a tackle for a few more to get Atlanta inside the Houston 20. Ryan also found Leonard Hankerson for a 56-yard play on a short cross with a delayed release behind the tight end by Hankerson. Ryan also found Hankerson for a 15-yard comeback after scrambling right in the first quarter and a TD to Hankerson in the second quarter with a quick look-in audibled versus middle pressure inside the Houston five. As for the few negatives, Ryan took a sack from Watt and nearly threw a pick-six with Watt batting a ball and nearly catching it, but the Falcons quarterback handled the pressure well and effectively managed the game with a big lead in the first half. By the top of the fourth quarter, backup Sean Renfree took over.

2015 Week 3 vs DAL (24 / 36 / 285 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)

The only low point for Ryan in this game was a sack he took on the initial third down of the game against a double A-gap blitz that ended with him in the arms of Sean Lee. By game's end, Ryan engineered 5 touchdowns on the Cowboys after Dallas jumped to a 21-7 lead. The ground game consistently opened lanes on runs to the edge and up the gut, which allowed Ryan to use the play-action passing game to find Julio Jones on crossing routes with devastating effect, including a 45-yard play where Jones ended the run as if he was diving onto a beanbag chair as he crossed the pylon. When intermediate and deep crossers weren't gouging the Cowboys, Ryan often hit Jones at will on quick look-ins from the slot for gains of 8-12 yards or found Devonta Freeman in the flat or over the middle on quick-hitting dump-offs, including a 35-yard gain at the end of the half. Ryan had some low throws in the first half that did not connect with his receivers and he also had two overthrows of receivers in the end zone on third downs that were nullified by defensive holding calls. These calls gave Atlanta new life and resulted in scores to keep them in the game. The Cowboys defense is missing key pieces at the line of scrimmage, but this game illustrates how well Matt Ryan can command an offense when the ground game is hitting on all cylinders.

2015 Week 2 vs NYG (30 / 46 / 363 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Matt Ryan played at a high level for most of this game against the Giants but his fantasy production does not quite reflect this, unfortunately for his owners. Matt Ryan faced an aggressive Giants defense that blitzed often but he did an excellent job recognising this on several occasions and threw the ball in the right direction to escape the pressure. Ryan used slants and quick in patterns heavily in the first half to move the chains and had great success taking advantage of off coverage defense by the Giants. Ryan also got the ball out of his hands very quickly which further helped to negate any potential pressure caused by a blitz. Ryan hit Hankerson in the redzone in the first half on a perfectly placed post route but unfortunately was not credited with the touchdown as Hankerson was ruled 1 yard shy of the goal line and the Falcons punched it in on the ground a few plays later. Ryan was sacked on a few occasions and did have to deal with several of his passes being batted down at the line of scrimmage but this did not put off the Veteran Quarterback from throwing anywhere on the field. The Falcons had excellent play design on several big pass plays from Ryan who used play action and rollouts with great success. Ryan relied heavily on star receiver Jones to move the chains and to get out of bad situations. Ryan threw a pass late over the deep middle of the field from his own endzone and Jones bailed out his Quarterback by making a terrific diving catch sideways to secure the ball with one hand. Ryan did finally connect with Hankerson in the back of the endzone on a post route. Ryan threw a high pass into a highly contested area but Hankerson was able to snag the ball for the touchdown. Ryan finished off his performance with a well thrown fade pattern to Jones for a big play down the sideline. Unfortunately again for Ryan's fantasy owners, Jones was ruled down at the 1 yard line and Ryan was not accredited with the touchdown pass. Regardless, Ryan was very strong against a suspect Giants defense but very unlucky not to have 3 touchdowns in this game.

2015 Week 1 vs PHI (23 / 34 / 298 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)

If Monday night's game was any indication of the season to come, the Falcons re-tooled offensive line of Chester and Levitre (acquired during the past 10 days after a horrible preseason showing for the line) has saved this team's 2015 season before it has begun. Ryan got far more time in the pocket and the ground game did well enough to open the perimeter on runs outside despite a sack fumble by Fletcher Cox that was nullified by an illegal contact penalty on the Eagles secondary and a sack that counted later on when Tevin Coleman whiffed on a corner blitz assignment. Those two plays may sound bad, but Ryan was kept clean far more in this game than he has the past three years. The quarterback used that time well to generate big plays. He hit Julio Jones multiple times up the sideline in this game for big gains and also found Roddy White on intermediate routes off play-action. Ryan's red zone interception in the first half was a target intended for White, but Kiko Alonso made a fantastic drop into the zone and a one-handed grab to foil the potential touchdown. Despite two interceptions in the middle of the field on plays intended for White where he didn't spot the coverage and an underthrown wheel route to Devonta Freeman that bounced off Connor Barwin's shoulder pad in the fourth quarter, Ryan was accurate and made good calls at the line to adjust run plays to quick-hitting passes to Jones for strong gains. The only play that consistently failed tonight for Atlanta were short drag routes to the flat by Jones that were repeatedly nullified by holding and offensive pass interference penalties due to late throws by Ryan or early blocks by the perimeter receivers.


Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan could torch Texans (Fri Oct 2, 09:29 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is at home against the Houston Texans in Week 4, and he has averaged 330.75 passing yards and two touchdowns in his last four homes games against AFC teams.

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Falcons | Matt Ryan throws for 285 yards (Mon Sep 28, 01:08 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 24 of his 36 passes for 285 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys. He also ran twice for 17 yards.

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