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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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General News (Wed Sep 28): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 4: vs Carolina Panthers

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Ryan continued his strong play against the Saints (despite an off night from Julio Jones, seven targets for 1/16/0 receiving), posting 20/30 for 240 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -15 yards, on a night when the Falcons' running backs were unstoppable - Devonta Freeman (five targets for 5/55/1 receiving) and Tevin Coleman (three for 3/47/0) actually led the team in receiving as well as posting 31/217/3 rushing in the other phase of the game. Taylor Gabriel (three for 2/33/0) and Mohamed Sanu (four for 3/31/0) were the top wide receivers on Monday Night. Ryan said on Tuesday, September 27 that his injured left thumb is fine, and he put a glove on the hand in Week Three to ensure his grip on the ball. Also, Sanu is likely to play versus the Carolina Panthers after a shoulder injury kept him out of the second half in the team's Week Three win over the New Orleans Saints. He'll be receiving treatment from the trainers as the week goes along, but pay attention to his practice participation later in the week if you have Sanu in line to start for you this weekend. The Panthers' pass defense gave up just 18/28 for 153 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions wit two sacks for -18 yards generated during a 10-22 loss. To date, the Panthers average 183.0 net passing yards allowed per game (fifth-least in the NFL), with four passing TDs allowed balanced by four interceptions and six sacks generated so far this season. Over the first three weeks of the season, Carolina has averaged 16.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (seventh-least in the NFL); and 11.9 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-least); with 11 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-most in the NFL). Ryan and company are hot coming into this game, but it's a tough divisional showdown anytime the current version of the Panthers are in town.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs TB 65 27 39 334 2 0 3 10 0 0 25.7
2 at OAK 64 26 34 396 3 1 0 0 0 0 30.8
3 at NO 64 20 30 240 2 0 5 23 0 0 22.3
4 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 26 38 * * * 2 * * * *
4 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 25 39 * * * 2 * * * *
4 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 22 35 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs NO (20 / 30 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)

The Falcons quarterback threw two touchdowns in this game, including a 13-yard pass to Devonta Freeman on a well-designed swing pass to the left flat that had left tackle Jake Matthews work past the line of scrimmage and cutoff the Saints' outside linebacker well before the defender could pursue Freeman--his man on the play. Ryan also delivered a shovel pass off to Justin Hardy for a score late in the half. The play included a ghosted end around before Ryan delivered the pass. New Orleans couldn't stop the run all night and it included Ryan when he broke the pocket or bought time outside the pocket against pressure. Although Ryan got sacked twice, the Falcons' offense was in total control for most of this game and Ryan completed at least two passes to six receivers and found eight receivers total.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (26 / 34 / 396 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

When the Falcons can run, Matt Ryan doesn't see a lot of pressure. Other than Ryan Schraeder allowing a bull rush by defensive tackle Stacy McGhee that resulted in a sack and a hit from Khalil Mack on a short drop where Jake Matthews had a brain fart with his set up, the Falcons' line kept the quarterback clean. It helped that cornerback Sean Smith was so concerned about Julio Jones getting outside that he gave up easy plays on the inside, including a 21-yard score on a slant and and a 48-yard gain on a deep crossing route off play action. Ryan also completed 10 passes to three tight ends, including a seam route for a score to Jacob Tamme that was set up by a 34-yard throwback to Austin Hooper. Atlanta also added a slant to its arsenal for Tevin Coleman, shifting him outside when it recognized the defense would cover the RB with an LB and it resulted in a 24-yard gain. Ryan had a lucky score late in the game when he targeted Coleman in the red area on the same type of route and the LB hit Coleman, forced the ball into the air and Justin Hardy was the man on the spot with the rebound just ahead of the unfortunate Sean Smith. Ryan's worst play was also a red zone throw where he placed a throw on Jacob Tamme's inside shoulder and gave the trailing David Amerson the room to undercut for an interception in the end zone. If Atlanta can remain inventive with Coleman but continue to allow Freeman room to run up the middle, the rest of this offense opens up and becomes dangerous.

2016 Week 1 vs TB (27 / 39 / 334 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

Atlanta had three red zone penalties in the first quarter that limited them to two field goals and left tackle Jake Matthews gave up two of them, including a sack of Ryan on third down in the red area. The team as a whole earned five penalties in the first half alone, which is a continuation of last year's effort as one of the most penalized teams of 2015. Ryan's biggest plays came off a read option play fake from the shotgun. He found Mohamad Sanu wide open in a busted zone coverage for a 59-yard catch and run that set up the first field goal. He also hit A.J. Green a quick dig route off the same play in the middle of the third quarter. But Atlanta went to the well too often on the same drive and Gerald McCoy didn't bite on the same play fake two plays later, sacking Ryan and ending a drive near mid-field that could have cut Tampa's lead to four. Ryan did a good job of finding Sanu early in this game, hitting the receiver three times in the first quarter, including a post route from a bunch trips alignment behind Brent Grimes for a leaping catch near the end line. He had a perfect play action throw to Julio Jones in a deep cross in the early fourth quarter but Jones dropped the pass when hit int he back. Ryan and Kyle Shanahan once again went to the well too often on the read-option play-action pass and it resulted in the Buccaneer's second sack of this play alone--it's third of the day. Ryan threw consecutive passes behind open receivers due to pressure on the final drive and set up a 4th and 10 with 1:18 left and Gerald McCoy tipped the pass and sealed the victory. Ryan's overall output was positive but at least half of his total was accumulated during garbage time.

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Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan takes part in practice (Wed Sep 28, 04:30 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (thumb) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Our View: The thumb injury is not a big deal, and the Falcons need Ryan in a big way in Week 4. They get a huge test on the road against the Carolina Panthers this week. Ryan is a low-end QB1 in this matchup.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan says thumb is fine (Tue Sep 27, 10:41 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (thumb) said his injured left thumb is fine, and he put a glove on the hand in Week 3 to ensure his grip on the ball.

Our View: Ryan was able to play through this injury on Monday night against the Saints. Watch the injury report on Friday just to make sure that Ryan has participated in practice. He may be limited when practice opens up this week on Wednesday.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan tosses pair of touchdowns (Tue Sep 27, 12:21 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (thumb) completed 20 of his 30 pass attempts for 240 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Sept. 26. He injured his thumb late in the fourth quarter and had the thumb taped while being fitted with a glove.

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Falcons | Matt Ryan appears to injury thumb (Mon Sep 26, 11:23 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (thumb) suffered a left thumb injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 3 game against the New Orleans saints Monday, Sept. 26. He had his thumb taped up and he is wearing a left glove.

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Schedule

4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Denver Broncos
6@ Seattle Seahawks
7vs San Diego Chargers
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15vs San Francisco 49ers
16@ Carolina Panthers
17vs New Orleans Saints