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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 Nov 24): Ryan still didn't get time to throw deep to his talented receivers, but he was able to pick on Browns defensive backs not named Haden. Next week brings the Cardinals to town, but after that potential shootouts with the Packers, Steelers, and Saints are up. He's an adequate QB1 for the playoffs if the rest of your team is strong.

Week 13: vs Arizona Cardinals

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at TB 20 31 219 1 0 3 9 0 0
11 at CAR 31 45 268 1 0 1 4 0 0
12 vs CLE 27 43 273 2 1 2 6 0 1

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TB (20 / 31 / 219 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

Another week, another game where the offense followed the same basic pattern. Ryan and the Falcons opened the game with a nice drive that featured a strong mix of run and pass, hitting Roddy White up the seam on a seven-step drop to set up a one-yard run from Steven Jackson. By the second drive, the cracks in the offensive line were already showing and as the game wore on, Ryan lacked the time to throw the ball with accuracy more than 20-25 yards down field and the Buccaneers got enough pressure to flush the quarterback or force early throws that generated inaccurate targets. In the first quarter, Ryan had Julio Jones wide open on a deep post, but the 55-yard throw lacked the velocity to the open receiver. Jones had to turn to the ball, open his body to the trailing defender, and wait on the ball. The defensive back knocked the ball from Jones' grip to prevent what should have been an uncontested touchdown. Yet, the pressure and Ryan's occasional inadequacies as a vertical passer weren't the only issues. Atlanta's receivers lead the league in drops and the most notable today was a wide open target to Devin Hester uncovered in the end zone during the second quarter. In addition to a false start and a sack that turned a first and 10 at the Tampa 15, the drop was enough to force a field goal and keep this game close. During the second half, Ryan missed multiple key passes that ended drives, but Tampa's turnover-ridden play kept the victory intact. The offensive line hasn't improved enough to start Ryan with confidence unless Atlanta plays a team the caliber of the Tampa Bay in the coming weeks.

2014 Week 11 vs CAR (31 / 45 / 268 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

The Falcons offense was at its best when it employed an up-tempo rhythm and a short passing game. Ryan found receivers Roddy White, Harry Douglas, and Julio Jones on slants, digs, and crossers at various points in the early second quarter and during the second half with this game plan. The offensive line remains a severe limitation and Ryan was forced into rushing passes when the Panthers blitzed, which they did often enough in this game to hold Ryan at bay. Carolina was especially effective with A-gap pressure and twists. Ryan was sacked for the second consecutive week in the red zone during the second quarter on a pivotal drive. This time Carolina ran a twist with its defensive line and Ryan took too much time in the pocket. The Panthers also scouted the Falcons' use of the smash screen to Julio Jones and foiled the play each of the two times Ryan targeted the big receiver. Atlanta tried this play a third time on third down during the fourth quarter to Roddy White and the opposing defense nearly intercepted the target. Ryan's touchdown to White was a crossing route at the goal line from inside the five. Overall, Ryan is making nice plays each week, buy the lack of time in the pocket has turned the intermediate passing game into the offense's equivalent of a deep passing game and it limits the entire scope of the offense.

2014 Week 12 vs CLE (27 / 43 / 273 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

The CBS broadcast team made it a point to note that Atlanta's makeshift line has been playing the same personnel along its line for three weeks and that the unit has improved its play. This might be the case, but any improvement that the analyst at CBS (FOX usually broadcasts Atlanta games) has seen was not tangible for the offense today against Cleveland. The Browns blitzed Atlanta repeatedly and forced Ryan to extend plays. Atlanta gave up three sacks, two from Paul Kruger, who also stripped Ryan of the ball on one of them. The other Kruger sack was a play where the defender forced Ryan to climb the pocket. Ryan was so rattled by the quick penetration that the quarterback began his climb and inexplicably quickly retreated from a well-blocked nice space. This erratic decision, likely born from numerous hits and pressures that he has taken for nearly three months, put Ryan back in range for Kruger to finish a play that he had no business doing. Ryan threw one interception and should have thrown three. One of them was a potential pick-six that safety Donte Whitner dropped when Ryan stared down Julio Jones in the flat. Ryan was off-target multiple times to Jones on deeper routes, throwing the ball behind or short of target and forcing difficult adjustments even for the likes of the acrobatic receiver. He also underthrew Devin Hester on a route up the right sideline that could have been a long gain, but fell incomplete. Ryan later found Jones with a nice look-off of Whitner to the right and delivered the wide-open post behind the safety for the 24-yard score. The Falcons also pulled the shovel pass from the archives of its 2012-2013 game plans and Ryan's second score was a nice fake and throw to Jacquizz Rodgers in the red zone. Ryan also took some vicious shots in this game, including two consecutive hits that bent him in two from the blitz. However. Ryan continues to be one of the more durable options at the position despite the punishment. Roddy White's slow return to health (hamstring) gave Altanta more offensive flexibility the past two weeks, but until Ryan has more time to throw down field, opponents are sitting on routes and daring Atlanta to beat them over the top.


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