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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 Oct 27): Ryan actually put up a respectable stat line against a top Lions defense - albeit basically in one half. Going into the bye he has a healthy set of receivers again, and the line can't possibly get worse. With a good schedule coming out starting in Week 10, Ryan could help his fantasy teams win games yet.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
5 at NYG 29 45 316 1 1 0 0 0 0
6 vs CHI 19 37 271 1 1 1 -1 0 0
7 at BAL 29 44 228 1 0 1 7 0 1
8 vs DET 20 27 228 2 1 1 6 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CHI (19 / 37 / 271 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

The biggest takeaway from the Bears' game was the seven drops that Ryan's receivers committed during the contest. Chicago's pressure forced Ryan to throw from constricted pockets and into tight zones where the defensive backs repeatedly nailed Falcons receivers as those targets arrived down field. The first drop was a throw to Julio Jones from a constricted pocket that reached the receiver low and away and rebounded of Jones' hands. It forced Atlanta to settle for a 50-yard field goal. During the next series, Ryan had his pass deflected by defensive tackle Stephen Paea and later in the series, Jones nearly dropped a 3rd and 10 pass, which cornerback Kyle Fuller stripped from the receiver's possession and guaranteed Atlanta would have to punt. Jones dropped three passes in this game, including two after contact. One of them was a wide-open, backside skinny post off play action that Atlanta loves to run. This play set up a Paea sack that pushed Atlanta out of field goal range. Ryan's one touchdown was a 41-yard screen pass to Antone Smith up the right flat. Where Ryan and the Falcons succeeded was the constant variety of formations and personnel to keep Chicago from keying on one specific player. Of course dropped passes kill an offense and in addition to Roddy White dropping one on a play that could have been called for a helmet-to-helmet hit, Levine Toilolo dropped three, including two in a row in the fourth quarter. By the final quarter, the Falcons' offensive line could not contain Jared Allen, Willie Young, and Paea, who managed to sack Ryan a few times in this span. After Young's sack, Ryan threw an interception on a fourth-down pass intended for Jones that was undercut. Ryan continues to find open receivers and thread the needle despite pressure forcing him to leave the pocket or take punishment, but it is becoming a common refrain to see Atlanta's line fall apart in the fourth quarter and make Ryan's job next to impossible.

2014 Week 7 vs BAL (29 / 44 / 228 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

The offensive line continues to weigh down the Falcons and it manifested in the play calling and game-changing plays for the opposing defense. Atlanta was so concerned about affording Ryan time the game plan was short passing: screens to backs and receivers, swing passes, and quick perimeter and seam routes. Ryan appeared especially sensitive to the potential for pressure early in the game when his first target was almost too short of target and he had 3-4 targets that were rushed or with low and away placement. Ryan's concerns grew worse when Peter Konz, the Falcons' backup center, was rolled up by a teammate during the third series and taken to the locker room on a cart, forcing Atlanta to use a third-string lineman at center. At this point, the Ravens pressure wore down the Falcons' front, sacking Ryan five times in this game. One was a 3rd and 10 strip sack from Pernell McPhee - one of two sacks from the lineman. Two more sacks came from Elvis Dumervil and the final sack was from Terrell Suggs, who finished any hope of Ryan earning more garbage time yardage late in the game with a sack for a safety in the final minutes. Ryan's best throws down field came in the third quarter and Atlanta was already well behind. The pressure also forced Ryan to make difficult throws into coverage and had at least two targets that should have been intercepted. Once again, Ryan isn't playing bad as much as he's coping with and offensive line that is banged up, at a competitive disadvantage, and lacking rapport that comes with stability. It's preventing Ryan and the Falcons from stretching the field on a consistent basis and makes Ryan easier to defend.

2014 Week 8 vs DET (20 / 27 / 228 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

: This game went according to script for most of the season, but with more extreme circumstances. Detroit got off to a slow start offensively and Atlanta's offensive line generally breaks down by the third quarter. This was the case for the Falcons after some quality moments in the first half. Ryan's first two scores were the product of a short passing game: A swing route to Devonta Freeman in the red zone that was set up by a crossing route to Levine Toilolo off a play action bootleg and later an easy play-action pass to reserve tight end Bear Pascoe at the endline after a pass interference penalty in the end zone set up the red zone play. As has been the case in other weeks, Steven Jackson had some decent runs up the middle to begin the game and Ryan found open targets in the intermediate area as a result. But Ryan didn't have enough time at any point in the day to hit Julio Jones with accurate throws down field. He missed Jones on a deep sideline fade in the early second quarter, throwing the ball too far to the boundary and Jones couldn't make the reception in bounds. In the second half, Ryan was sacked three times and strip-sacked twice. Atlanta recovered both Ryan fumbles, but it shorted Falcons' drives and gave Detroit a chance to inch back into the game by the late third quarter. Ryan also threw an interception on a third-down play where he tried to buy time to his left and throw across his body to the right flat. Detroit picked off the target and returned it 43 yards to the red zone, later earning a field goal. The Falcons gave away this game in the late fourth quarter with 3:40 left. Ryan extended the drive on a nice third-down toss to Harry Douglas on a wheel route from the slot that required Douglas to make a diving play over his outside shoulder in the flat. The offense later dialed up a wide receiver screen to Julio Jones for a first down--a play that Atlanta used more judiciously in this contest. However, Atlanta then tried to run offensive plays when it could have kneeled down and run out more clock and Detroit stuffed the Falcons' offense and forced the offensive line to commit a penalty that stopped the clock and gave Detroit 1:38 left to drive the length of the field for a game-winning field goal. Against poor defenses, Ryan and the Falcons will be a good fantasy play. Against good defenses, he'll earn decent yardage and touchdowns but sacks and turnovers will be a major factor in his box score.

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Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan heavily pressured (Mon Oct 20, 05:20 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked five times as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.'

Our View: Ryan is getting blitzed on 29.3 percent of his dropbacks (league average is 29 percent). However, the pressure is getting to him on 26.7 percent of his dropbacks, above the league average of 24.4 percent.
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10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ Carolina Panthers
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Arizona Cardinals
14@ Green Bay Packers
15vs Pittsburgh Steelers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers