Matt Ryan | QB | Atlanta Falcons
Posted: 10/20/2014 9:11pm et
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.'
Huddle Up: After throwing for 3 scores in 3 of his first 4 games, Ryan has cooled considerably with only 3 TD passes total and 1 300-yard game over the last 3 weeks. The schedule doesn't bring any good news, either, as the Lions and their vastly improved D await Sunday in London.
Posted: 9/8/2014 11:01am et
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for a team record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 1 overtime win against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Sept. 7. He also eclipsed the team record for career touchdown passes (156), surpassing Steve Bartkowski (154).
Huddle Up: Ryan stepped up in the shootout with the Saints, his passing numbers helped in part by the Falcons' inability to generate much of anything on the ground. That's likely to be a familiar refrain going forward, and with Julio Jones and Roddy White to throw to Ryan appears poised for a strong fantasy season.
Posted: 4/22/2014 11:56pm et
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. 'I feel like we've lost our way,' Smith said Tuesday, April 22. 'I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage.' Smith said the team was hurt last season by a lack of strength and size up front. They ranked last in rushing, and QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times.
Huddle Up: Ryan attempted 36 more passes in 2013 than in his career-best 2012 campaign but threw for 196 fewer yards and 6 fewer TDs while tossing 3 more interceptions. Better protection -- and a healthier WR corps -- will go a long ways in propelling Ryan toward a bounce-back season.
Posted: 2/7/2014 12:06am et
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez recently said that Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn't an elite quarterback in the NFL. 'Matt's an excellent quarterback. But he's not elite. He's this close,' Gonzalez said.
Huddle Up: Thanks mainly to the Falcons' WR injuries, Ryan's yards and TD passes were down last season while his interceptions were up. If everyone's healthy, and the Falcons can find a semi-suitable replacement for the retired Gonzalez, Ryan's fantasy numbers will return to elite status (top 5).