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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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Week 5: at New York Giants

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs NO 31 43 448 3 0 3 15 0 0
2 at CIN 24 44 231 1 3 3 28 0 0
3 vs TB 21 24 286 3 0 1 2 0 0
4 at MIN 25 41 298 3 2 2 2 0 0
5 at NYG PROJ-Dodds 25 38 * * * 2 * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay 25 40 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs CIN (24 / 44 / 231 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 28 / 0 rush)

While Ryan was great in the opener against the Saints it was commented here that it might be difficult for the Falcons passing game to sustain this production because the offensive line may not afford Ryan time to throw down field. This is exactly what happened against the Bengals. The Falcons attempted four short passes off less than 10 yards to begin the game and Cincinnati sat on the routes. With the exception of a play-action vertical route to Julio Jones that Jones juggled and nearly allowed safety George Iloka to intercept, there were a minimal number of attempts over 10 yards that Ryan had time to deliver with accuracy. Right tackle Lamar Holmes will be the broken record playing its sad song week after week. On Sunday, he struggled mightily against Carlos Dunlap even if Atlanta's short passing game disguised some of the statistical effects. Dunlap had one of Cincinnati's two sacks, but he also forced Ryan from the pocket multiple times - even when the Falcons put Levine Toilolo on the right side to help Holmes. Overall, Ryan wasn't as bad as his three interceptions indicate. His first interception was an attempt to Toilolo in the left flat that was tipped by Vontaze Burfict and intercepted on the rebound. Ryan overshot Harry Douglas on a post and didn't account for the safety behind the route in the red area and this mistake of coverage read resulted in Ryan's second interception. The third interception was a garbage time attempt to White up the seam that he overshot and safety George Iloka caught for his second pick-off in the game. Despite the fact that only one of Ryan's interceptions was a bad decision at a meaningful moment in the game, Atlanta will have to do a better job of protecting the pocket if the Falcons quarterback has any chance to throw the ball further than 15 yards downfield when the contest is still within reach.

2014 Week 3 vs TB (21 / 24 / 286 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

This game was over early thanks to a solid ground game during the early drives and Ryan's crisp execution. Despite missing Roddy White due to a hamstring injury, Ryan targeted Julio Jones on downfield plays that are often reserved for White, such as a three-step drop and throw on a deep dig to Jones off play action with 13:10 in the first quarter. After some nice runs from Steven Jackson, Ryan finished the drive in the red zone by finding Harry Douglas in the end zone after buying time to his right. Without the likes of Adrian Clayborn and Gerald McCoy along the Buccaneers defensive front, Atlanta's line gave Ryan enough room to climb the pocket and find secondary receivers, including another touchdown to Julio Jones in the back of the end zone with three minutes left in the first quarter. After a pick-six by the Falcons defense, a strip of Buccaneers runner Bobby Rainey, and an end around to Devin Hester, Atlanta was up 28-0 after the first play of the second quarter. Ryan capped off his day with a 40-yard bomb up the right sideline to Jones to make it 42-0. At this point, the Falcons put in the backups.

2014 Week 4 vs MIN (25 / 41 / 298 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Third-down pressure constricted the pocket throughout this game and while Ryan did a solid job of avoiding pressure and generating first downs in some of these situations, he did take a sack in the first series and also in the mid-fourth quarter. In between, Ryan did exploit some of Minnesota's defensive mistakes. He found Roddy White up the right seam on a blown coverage on third down when two Vikings defenders swarmed to Julio Jones on what they thought would be a smoke screen and left White open for a 24-yard score. Ryan almost connected with Devin Hester on the play before, but cornerback Xavier Rhodes knocked the ball from Hester's hands in the end zone. Ryan repeatedly tried to hit White in tight coverage, but the veteran receiver had consecutive drops on less than perfect throws. Ryan's two other touchdown passes weren't great plays on his part, either. One was a play action boot to a wide open Patrick DiMarco at the goal line. The other was a third down pass to Hester in the flat and Hester ran through multiple wraps, spun off a hit and motored up the sideline for the score. Despite some minor inaccuracies with a few throws and some easy scores based play calls, poor tackling, and blown coverages, Ryan would have been in great position to bring the Falcons back if not for center Joe Hawley's leg injury at the end of the third quarter. The Falcons had to play tight end Levine Toilolo at right tackle for the final quarter and this affected Ryan's comfort in the pocket. He was sacked by outside linebacker Anthony Barr on a third down with seven minutes left when Ryan climbed the pocket to escape defensive end Brian Robison's whooping of Toilolo off the edge and into the arms of Barr. Ryan finished the game with his 18th and 19th career interceptions on the road - the most for any active quarterback. Ryan wasn't bad, but his offensive line woes could become problematic.


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