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Matt Ryan | Quarterback | #2

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (3) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Ryan said the team needs to improve its offense inside the red zone this season.
The Falcons finished 18th in red zone scoring last year, down from sixth in 2014. Atlanta certainly has the tools to be a force inside the red zone. Julio Jones is a nightmare to defend while Atlanta's running game was much improved with Devonta Freeman leading the charge. Ryan said he's more comfortable in OC Kyle Shanahan's offense after going through a tough adjustment period in 2015. Apr 19 - 2:25 PM

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Matt Ryan has organized a players-only passing camp with 26 of his Falcons teammates in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. this week.

Including Julio Jones, Jacob Tamme, and Desmond Trufant, the Falcons have hit the field to work on pass-game concepts. Most quarterbacks around the league do something similar, but it's notable here because of how much Ryan struggled in OC Kyle Shanahan's offense last season. Going into year two in the scheme, it's good to see Ryan putting in the extra work this spring.
Mar 30 - 9:38 AM

Matt Ryan admits OC Kyle Shanahan's system was "too much" for him at times this season.

"I think that's for everyone, when you're learning something new and it's different, at times there's too much, right?" Ryan said. Ryan went on to say he thought the team finally had some "good plans" the final 5-6 weeks of the season, specifically the last three. It's a curious admission from a veteran quarterback who probably shouldn't be overwhelmed by any system at this point in his career. Of course, it's also odd Shanahan insisted on something his quarterback evidently wasn't comfortable with. The sides need to get on the same page this offseason. The Falcons' offense, which needed to carry the team, wasn't close to good enough in 2015.
Jan 5 - 1:58 PM

Matt Ryan completed 24-of-36 passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Atlanta's 20-17, Week 17 loss to the Saints.

Ryan finishes his dreadful eighth NFL season with as many turnovers (21) as touchdowns. In a mistake emblematic of his year, Ryan turned a potential game-winning drive into a Saints victory Sunday. On 1st-and-10 from his own 24 with 1:42 remaining in a tie game, Ryan tossed the ball right to S Jamarca Sanford. It was a throw even a rookie quarterback shouldn't have made. Ryan seemed to lack for confidence this season, and was at his worst in the red zone, where he committed back-breaking turnover after back-breaking turnover. The absence of security blanket Tony Gonzalez has been a major issue over the past two seasons. Ryan spent too much of 2015 checking down to sub-par talents like Jacob Tamme. We know the Falcons will never strop throwing as long as Ryan is at the helm, but at best, he'll be in the QB10-12 range in 2016.
Jan 3 - 4:18 PM

Matt Ryan completed 23-of-30 passes for 306 yards and one touchdown and rushed six times for one yard in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Panthers.

Ryan has given fantasy owners plenty of good halves this year but rarely has he put it all together. That changed Sunday against the previously unbeaten Panthers. Ryan wasn’t afraid to go to his best receiver as Julio Jones exploded for 127 yards on five catches in the second half. He also kept Roddy White involved and even used his feet to pick up a first down on a seven-yard scramble. Ryan did lose a fumble but center Mike Person deserves at least some of the blame for delivering a high snap. Sunday marked Ryan’s first 300-yard game since Week 9 against San Francisco. The Falcons will try to win their third straight next week against New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-35 passes for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the Falcons' Week 15 win over the Jaguars.

Ryan was 6-for-6 for 72 yards on the Falcons' opening touchdown drive, but he was held in check most of the rest of the first half. That changed after the break. With the offense sputtering in the third quarter, Ryan hit Julio Jones for two long third-down conversions. That drive stalled in Jags territory, but Ryan stayed hot on third down, hitting multiple receivers for big conversions throughout the second half including on both scoring drives in the fourth quarter. It was a welcome departure from the multiple mistakes Ryan has made at the end of games in the Falcons’ recent cold run, and the 14-play field-goal drive Ryan extended with several big throws in the fourth quarter basically ended the game. It was Ryan's best performance in several weeks, but the reality is the Jags have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. With Carolina next up on the schedule, Ryan is still not a usable fantasy option.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 04:37:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-34 passes for 224 yards and an interception in the Falcons' 38-0, Week 14 loss to the Panthers, also losing a fumble.

Completely ineffective, Ryan was mercy benched midway through the fourth quarter. Dinking and dunking all afternoon, Ryan's pick came when he targeted slot man Justin Hardy deep down the middle of the field. There were three Panthers in the vicinity, with only one Falcon. Ryan had two fumbles, the first of which the Falcons recovered for a 26-yard loss. Ryan now has more turnovers (18) than touchdowns on the season (17). He'll be a barely-there QB2 against the Jaguars in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:38:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn says it's an "overstatement" to say Matt Ryan is "overwhelmed" by OC Kyle Shanahan's system.

This is where we're at with Ryan's 2015. The eighth-year starter has only four more touchdowns than picks, and is on pace for his fewest scores in a full season since his rookie year. He'll remain off the QB1 radar for this week's road matchup with the Panthers' elite defense.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 02:58:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 30-of-45 passes for 269 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in Atlanta's Week 13 loss to the Bucs.

Ryan was not terrible against Tampa Bay, but the offense struggled to turn several long drives into touchdowns. Ryan found consistent success in the first half in the intermediate levels of the field, but the offense bogged down in the red zone. Shayne Graham had three field goals in the second quarter alone and had two kicks of less than 30 yards on the day. Ryan found the sledding much tougher in the second half and missed some potential big plays down the field. Ryan had a chance to lead the Falcons to a season-defining win late in the fourth quarter, but he did not see Lavonte David hovering underneath Julio Jones and threw it right to the linebacker. Atlanta has now lost five games in a row and six of their last seven. They need a quick turnaround to stay in the playoff picture. It is unlikely to start next week against the Panthers. Ryan should be left on the bench in that matchup.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:35:00 PM

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said the team "absolutely" still has confidence in Matt Ryan.

"He's absolutely the competitor that I want. He's what we look for and our team looks for the whole way," coach Dan Quinn said. The Falcons are saying all the right things, but the real story is that they need to be said at all. Ryan was never a question mark even through the dark years of the Mike Smith era, but he has made multiple mistakes in important situations the last several weeks. His play is one of the big reasons Atlanta has lost five of the last six including four in a row. If the Falcons are going to turn this around and nab a playoff spot, Ryan will have to stop making costly mistakes down the stretch.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 09:02:00 AM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-31 passes for 230 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Falcons' Week 12 loss to the Vikings.

Atlanta has now dropped five of its last six games. Ryan was horrific on Sunday, throwing drive-killing interceptions and absorbing a late-game sack-fumble by Anthony Barr that iced it. Ryan continues to be a massive fantasy bust, throwing his lone touchdown against the Vikings during garbage time to "Nick Williams." Ryan should stay in the low-end QB1 hunt, however, against the Buccaneers' burnable pass defense in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 25-of-46 passes for 280 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Colts.

Atlanta has now dropped four of its last five games, with a three-point win over the Titans mixed in. Ryan's touchdowns on Sunday were good to FB Patrick DiMarco (twice) and Leonard Hankerson. Ryan got no help otherwise from Hankerson, who dropped multiple passes. Atlanta's running game went in the gutter when Devonta Freeman (concussion) exited, as Tevin Coleman managed 48 yards on 17 carries with a lost fumble and was stuffed repeatedly on short yardage/goal-line tries. The Falcons host the Vikings in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 04:13:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 30-of-45 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 9 loss to the 49ers.

Surprisingly falling behind Blaine Gabbert's 49ers 17-13 at the half, Ryan was forced to dial up more passes than most probably anticipated entering this game. As has been the case pretty much all season, Ryan failed to capitalize with QB1-caliber fantasy stats. Through nine games, perennially-overrated Ryan is on pace for just 21.3 touchdown passes. In 12-team leagues, fantasy owners with the capability of identifying legitimate QB1 streamers shouldn't hesitate to drop Ryan during Atlanta's Week 10 bye. Put simply, he has very little fantasy value.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 07:42:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 37-of-45 passes for 397 yards with two touchdowns, two fumbles and one interception and rushed three times for two yards in the Falcons' Week 8 loss to the Buccaneers.

Ryan jelled with Julio Jones early, connecting on five of six passes for 99 yards in the first quarter. He threw an inexcusable interception in the second on a pass intended for Jacob Tamme. Kwon Alexander was one of three defenders blanketing Tamme on the play. Ryan also lost a pair of fumbles, though center Mike Person should shoulder some of the blame for his subpar snapping. Ryan turned it on in the second half, completing 16 passes in a row at one point. His first touchdown came in the third quarter on a seven-yard dart to Tamme. Julio forced overtime with another touchdown late in the fourth. This was Ryan’s second 300-yard game of the season. The Falcons get the 49ers in Week 9.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn says he has no plans to "back off" Matt Ryan even though he has eight turnovers through seven games.

Ryan has been thoroughly mediocre this season, producing only nine touchdowns. He's averaging 286 yards per game, but has been held below seven yards per attempt in three straight contests, including great spots with the Redskins and Saints. Ryan is a back-end QB1.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 02:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
3Sean Renfree
4Matt Simms
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Terron Ward
4Gus Johnson
5Brandon Wilds
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Justin Hardy
3Nick Williams
4Aldrick Robinson
5Jordan Leslie
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Devin Hester
3Eric Weems
4Devin Fuller
5C.J. Goodwin
WR31Justin Hardy
TE1Jacob Tamme
2Levine Toilolo
3Austin Hooper
4D.J. Tialavea
LT1Jake Matthews
2Tom Compton
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
3Collin Rahrig
C1Alex Mack
2Mike Person
3James Stone
RG1Chris Chester
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Bryce Harris
3Laurence Gibson
K1Matt Bryant