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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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Summary

Matt Ryan stated on April 19 that he is much more comfortable in Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan's offense entering this season after spending 2015 learning the new system. The Falcon's pass offense went from 4,553 net passing yards (fifth in the NFL) with 28 TDs (11th in the NFL) and 15 interceptions thrown during 2014 to 4,382 net yards passing (sixth in the NFL) with 21 TDs thrown (23rd in the NFL) and 17 interceptions tossed during 2015. The drop-off was evident in Ryan's numbers as well, which went from 415/628 for 4,694 yards passing, 28 TDs and 14 interceptions thrown during 2014 (seventh-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land) to 407/614 for 4,591 yards passing, 21 TDs and 16 interceptions thrown (18th-ranked fantasy quarterback) - the 21 TDs were the least he's thrown in a regular season since his rookie campaign during 2008 and 11 less than his current career record of 32 passing TDs thrown during 2012 (he also set his career passing yards record that year with 4,719). However, there are reasons to hope for improvement here in 2016 - Ryan acquired a younger #2 wide receiver to complement Julio Jones when 26-year old Mohamed Sanu was brought in from Cincinnati via free agency to replace an aging Roddy White. Also during the NFL Draft Stanford tight end Austin Hooper arrived to bolster the tight end position, giving Atlanta another pass-catching option to go with Jacob Tamme. As Ryan noted on April 19, he now has a year in the Kyle Shanahan offense and the familiarity will help the Falcons' offense to take off from the word go this year. The team found a solid starting running back in Devonta Freeman last season, and he is a good pass-catcher with 97 targets for 73/578/3 receiving to his credit during 2015. Assuming that Sanu and Hooper fit into the offense well during 2016, the Falcons' passing attack should soar back into the top-10-most-productive among NFL units. (May 19)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 19, 11, 12, 12, 12, 14, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26
QB Dynasty - 11, 9, 10, 16, 19

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2013 ATL 16 439 651 4515 26 17 17 55 0 4
2014 ATL 16 415 628 4694 28 14 29 145 0 2
2015 ATL 16 407 614 4591 21 16 37 63 0 5
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 384 580 * * * 27 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 395 595 * * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 421 630 * * * 15 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 125
QB: 17

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2016 Schedule

1vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2@ Oakland Raiders
3@ New Orleans Saints
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