QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 228Born: 5-17-1985College: Boston CollegeDrafted: Round 1, pick 2008

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Ryan oversaw a ball control offense and led his team to a win against the Saints. His ceiling is coming down and he's going to lose Austin Hooper and Devonta Freeman for some team even though his team's prospects are finally looking up.

Week 11: at Carolina Panthers

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
7 vs LAR 46 16 27 159 0 1 1 2 0 1 5.15
8 vs SEA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 at NO 79 20 35 182 2 1 2 13 0 0 17.4
11 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 25 39 * * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Matt Ryan's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 7 vs LAR (16 / 27 / 159 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Ryan completed passes to Jones on a crossing route and Ridley on an out route during the first drive. He also ducked out of a Dante Fowler grab and prevented a sack near midfield to throw the ball away. The run game led the way during the first drive and after Ryan missed Ridley due to heavy pressure on third down, the Falcons kicked a 52-yard field goal for the early 3-0 lead. Fowler sacked Ryan with a strong inside move on the right tackle to sack Ryan on second down to force a 3rd and 17 during Atlanta's second drive. Corey Littleton came on a blitz on the next play, overloading the left side and putting Jalen Ramsey on Julio Jones, which resulted in a second straight sack and an Atlanta punt. Ryan found Jones and Gage during Atlanta's third drive to get Atlanta across midfield but pressure on third down forced Ryan to throw the ball well over the head of Jones with Ramsey playing tight. Ryan overthrew Julio Jones inside the five against Jalen Ramsey late in the half after finding Jones on Ramsey for 36 yards earlier in the drive. Dante Fowler earned two straight pressures on Ryan late in the half, including a forced fumble after beating rookie right tackle Caleb McGary around the corner. Down 20-3, run double clutched a screen to Mohamed Sanu and wound up with a wide throw that bounced off Sanu's hands and the Rams intercepted. Fowler beat Jake Matthews off the left side and sacked Ryan early in a drive late in the third quarter that led to a three-and-out while down 27-3. Aaron Donald sacked Matt Ryan with an inside move and knocked the ball loose during the fourth quarter and recovered the ball. Ryan was limping off the field, favoring his right leg after the sack.

2019 Week 6 vs ARI (30 / 36 / 356 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

How the Falcons offense handles defensive pressure continues to be a key issue for the unit. Ryan flushed left on the first play of the game and found Julio Jones for a first down on a comeback route. He also hit Austin Hooper on the backside of the formation that led to a strong gain after the catch to get Atlanta across midfield. A pair of offside penalties put Atlanta into scoring position and Ryan finished drive with a flat route to Calvin Ridley dressed up with pre- and post-snap motion towards the quarterback before reversing field back to the flat. Ridley committed a pass interference penalty to end the second drive of the first quarter, but it was a designed clear-out play for Julio Jones that Ryan was late to throw the ball and it contributed to Ridley's block being illegal. Rodney Gunter sacked Ryan on third down during Altanta's third drive, forcing a punt after a good first-down run by Devonta Freeman. Ryan found Jones up the seam a couple of times midway through the second quarter to mount a drive past midfield. He then hit third tight end Jaden Graham on a flea-flicker for 21 yards up the left sideline. Down 27-10, Atlanta began the third quarter in hurry-up mode. Ryan completed passes to Jones and Hooper before overthrowing a third-down target to a wide-open Ridley on and out. This led a 44-yard field goal. Ryan and the Falcons picked on Cardinals' linebacker Hassan Reddick with passes to Austin Hooper than and a Hooper-Freeman route combination on the back side of a trips formation to find Freeman underneath for the score that cut the game to a 20-27 deficit. Ryan continued picking on Reddick and the linebackers with play-action passes to Hooper, including a deep seam route and a short cross for the subsequent touchdown that tied the game 27-27. After the defense stopped Arizona's offense in the middle of the fourth quarter, Ryan could not get Atlanta past its 30 and took a sack on third down that forced a punt. Ryan found Freeman against a cross blitz of linebackers, which left the flat open for the runner to walk the ball in for Ryan's third score and another potential tie--until Matt Bryant missed a rare PAT.

2019 Week 5 vs HOU (32 / 46 / 330 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 1 rush)

Ryan found Julio Jones twice during the Falcons' second possession, including a third-down crossing route where J.J. Watt's late hit on the quarterback put the ball inside the Texans' 15. Ryan found Mohamed Sanu two plays later on a crossing route and San dove across the goal line for Atlanta's first score. Ryan got bailed out by Mohamed Sanu on a third-down throw while on the run from pressure that was intended for Calvin Ridley but Ridley fell down and the Texans were in position to intercept it until Sanu cut off the pass. Ryan later found Ridley for a 22-yard out to reach the Texans' red zone. Watt foiled a touchdown drive on 3rd and 4 by running through the rookie tackle Kaleb McGary and hitting Ryan during his release on a pass intended for Austin Hooper. This forced a field goal. Ryan escaped a Watt sack attempt on 3rd and 5 but D.J. Reader chased Ryan down when he tried to extend the play late in the third quarter. Ryan took a third-and-inches sneak for a touchdown to cut the lead to 10 points. He cut the lead to 8 with a scramble and throw to Austin Hooper. Ryan worked free on a roll to the right and found Ridley for a 28-yard score at the right boundary of the end zone and Ridley worked free of Jonathan Joseph, who thought he pushed the receiver out of bounds. Ryan threw his seventh interception of the year--a pick-six on a final drive when he threw the ball behind Austin Hooper with less than a minute left.

2019 Week 4 vs TEN (35 / 53 / 397 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)

After moving Atlanta past midfield on a pair of drives, Ryan lost the ball while trying to avoid interior pressure during the Falcons' third series. Starting right guard Jamon Brown suffered a concussion early in the second quarter and the line was forced to go with third-string guard Wes Schweitzer. He moved Atlanta up and down the field but all but one drive stalled out in Titans terriotyr in the first half. He dealt with consistent pressure early in the third quarter but a screen pass to Devonta Freeman and an over route to Mohamed Sanu got Atlanta into the red zone. Calvin Ridley and Sanu dropped red zone passes and forced another field goal attempt. Ryan was sacked for the third time on a 4th and 1 play-action pass late in the third quarter.

2019 Week 3 vs IND (29 / 34 / 304 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

He completed a pair of short passes to his tight ends during the first series but he and Julio Jones were not on the same page with the depth of his break on a corner route on 3rd and 15. Ryan started the next drive with two play-action passes up the middle. As the drive reached Colts' territory, Ryan overshot Luke Stocker by a large margin and Clayton Geathers intercepted the target inside the Colts' 10. This was Ryan's sixth interception in the first 10 quarters of the football season. He also overshot Austin Hooper late in the half in the end zone. This led to a 3rd and 11 throwaway while under heavy pressure and forced a field goal attempt just before the two-minute warning. Ryan got hot in the third quarter. He found Julio Jones for 34 yards on an out-and-up and Matt Ryan underthrew it to guarantee a catch when the cornerback fell down. This got Atlanta inside the 12 of the Colts where Ryan found Hooper in the middle of the field on a play-action pass and Hooper took it to the end zone. On the next drive, Ryan found Jones on a stop route on third down to extend the series. Ryan was 10-for-10 to begin the third quarter and found Jones and Sanu for third-down conversions to drive Atlanta inside the Colts' 30 on the series after its first touchdown in the second half. He found Julio Jones for his third touchdown on a corner fade between two defenders.

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (27 / 43 / 320 / 3 / 3 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

Ryan faced pressure throughout the first quarter but it wasn't as intense as the Vikings game. He managed to move Atlanta downfield with throws to Austin Hooper, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu that led to a field goal early. Fletcher Cox nearly intercepted Ryan in the middle of the second quarter on a zone blitz. Ryan followed up with a deep fade to Julio Jones for 27 yards. Soon after, Ryan lost starting right tackle Caleb McGary in the middle of the second quarter to a knee injury but Ty Sambrallo held up in relief. Ryan overthrew two receivers in a row on targets in the endzone to Ridley and then Justin Gage on a post route. This led to a 50-yard field goal attempt that Matt Bryant missed. Still, Ryan showed emotional resilience. He delivered a good pump fake to set up a completion Ridley for the second of two passes to the receiver to get across midfield. A few plays later, Ryan found Ridley for a deep post for a 34-yard score. With 0:41 left in the half, Ryan threw the ball behind Sanu and Sidney Jones intercepted the pass. However, Ryan found Jones for the score on the third play of the third quarter on a designed roll and scramble drill in the back of the end zone. Ryan underthrew a deep go route up the right sideline while under pressure against an all-out blitz, leading to his second interception and a return into Atlanta territory. Ryan threw an interception in the end zone on a red zone play at the end of the third quarter when he tried to fit the ball into coverage he didn't see because he was throwing over a line that had compressed Ryan's pocket and a defender hit his arm during the release. Ryan threw off his back foot to Freeman on a third and three late in the game while fading away from pressure. Late in the game, Ryan connected with Jones on a screen pass for a game-winning, 54-yard play.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (33 / 46 / 304 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 24 / 0 rush)

Minnesota's blitz packages wreaked havoc on Atlanta offensive line and when Ryan wasn't sacked or forced to throw the ball away, he made a pair of throws with pressure in this face that led to interceptions. The first was a crossing route intended for Julio Jones that Anthony Harris pulled away from Jones for an interception. The second was a route to the back pylon in the end zone that Luke Stocker did not continue and it gave Harris a chance to run down the ball. The Vikings gave up flat routes to Austin Hooper when the game was still a contest. By the fourth quarter, the game was out of reach and Ryan was able to find Calvin Ridley on two big-play throws--including a touchdown thrown to the front pylon and a crossing route where Ridley made multiple defenders miss until he reached the Vikings' two. Middle pressure or pressure in Ryan's face has always been the best way to break-down Ryan's game and the Vikings succeeded this week.

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Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan throws two touchdowns (Sun Nov 10, 03:53 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 20-for-35 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the New Orleans Saints in Week 10.

Our View: Ryan had a tough matchup so we didn't expect ceiling numbers. Next week at Carolina is probably another floor to middling game, but then Atlanta gets three straight divisional games at home.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan not on injury report (Fri Nov 8, 06:30 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Matt Ryan (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 8, but is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Falcons | Atlanta's injury report for Week 10 (Fri Nov 8, 04:00 PM) - Atlanta Falcons DE John Cominsky (ankle) and RB Ito Smith (neck) were held out of practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 10 versus the New Orleans Saints. OG Wes Schweitzer (concussion) did not practice for a second straight day on Friday, Nov. 8, and has also been ruled out. CB Desmond Trufant (toe) was a limited participant all week and is listed as questionable. QB Matt Ryan (ankle) and OG Jamon Brown (foot) were also limited participants in practice all week but have been removed from the injury report. OG James Carpenter (knee) and TE Jaeden Graham (knee) were upgraded to full participation Friday and also no longer appear on the injury report.

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Falcons | Matt Ryan to return Sunday (Fri Nov 8, 01:18 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) will start in Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints, head coach Dan Quinn announced Friday, Nov. 8.

Our View: Ryan will face a tough defense in a hostile environment, so he's not an automatic play this week. He also might still be affected by his ankle injury.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan limited again (Thu Nov 7, 05:13 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

Our View: All signs point to Ryan returning this weekend, but check back Sunday morning just in case if he remains limited tomorrow. He has a tough matchup at the Superdome anyway, so it might be better to bench him if you have another viable option.
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Schedule

11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers