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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 completed 26-of-34 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 12 win over the Cardinals.
He also rushed for 15 yards with a couple of big scrambles. Both of Ryan's touchdowns were on screen passes to Taylor Gabriel, allowing Gabriel to use his elite speed and agility to scoot up the field for 35- and 25-yard scores. Even with Julio Jones taken away by Patrick Peterson, Ryan and the Falcons still moved the ball with ease, blowing Arizona out in the process. Things won't be easy in Week 13 at home against the Chiefs, but Ryan is a locked-in QB1. Nov 27 - 4:47 PM

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Matt Ryan completed 18-of-33 passes for 267 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 10 loss to the Eagles.

The fantasy numbers are not what we have come to expect, but Ryan again played well most of the day. Despite consistent pressure, Ryan was able to make great throws down the field. He stepped up in the pocket to hit Julio Jones in stride early in the third quarter, and he hit a wide-open Taylor Gabriel for a 76-yard touchdown to give the Falcons the lead in the fourth. Unfortunately, he faltered down the stretch. He was not able to answer a touchdown by the Eagles despite three shots, although Julio Jones dropped a couple would-be first downs. Ryan also ended the game with a bad, forced interception to Jones. He will look to bounce back against the Cardinals after the bye week.
Nov 13 - 4:22 PM

Matt Ryan completed 25-of-34 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns and rushed twice for no gain Thursday in the Falcons' Week 9 win over the Buccaneers.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 19 yards and also lost a fumble. Ryan did exactly what good quarterbacks do against bad defenses: he ripped the Bucs to shreds. His first-half numbers were somewhat pedestrian (11-for-18, 171 yards, one TD) but Ryan really turned it on after the break with three touchdowns including two in the third quarter. Some of the highlights included a perfect play-action pass to Patrick DiMarco for a one-yard touchdown and a well-placed fade that Julio Jones came down with for a three-yard score. Thursday’s explosion pushed Ryan’s season touchdown total to 22, which is more than he had all of last year. A legitimate MVP candidate, Ryan should put on a clinic against the Eagles in Week 10.
Nov 3 - 11:54 PM

Matt Ryan completed 28-of-35 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns and rushed twice for nine yards Sunday in the Falcons' Week 8 win over the Packers.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 11 yards. The MVP buzz that surrounded Ryan earlier this year has quieted some but he certainly had a strong showing Sunday against the Packers. After Green Bay pulled ahead on a Jordy Nelson touchdown in the first quarter, Ryan answered by uncorking a long touchdown pass to Taylor Gabriel. He added another touchdown to his tally on a screen pass that Devonta Freeman turned into a five-yard score. Instead of forcing the ball to Julio Jones, who was having a hard time against Packers corner LaDarius Gunter, Ryan looked elsewhere and had success throwing to Mohamed Sanu. Those two connected five times for 50 yards and a touchdown on Atlanta’s game-winning drive. Ryan has overachieved this year but we’re guessing he’ll have another strong outing Thursday against the Bucs’ hapless secondary.
Oct 30 - 8:14 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-34 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Atlanta's 33-30, Week 7 overtime loss to the Chargers.

Ryan left some yards on the field in this one, botching a couple of would-be long gainers to Julio Jones. His pick was an inexcusable throw to nowhere where he got baited into targeting double coverage. Ryan was made uncomfortable by the Chargers' rejuvenated pass rush. Ryan has cooled a bit following his scorching first four games, but still looks like a different player compared to 2015. He'll be a high-end QB1 against the Packers' banged up secondary in Week 8.
Oct 23 - 7:50 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-42 passes for 335 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Falcons' 26-24, Week 6 loss to the Seahawks.

Ryan limped into halftime with just 83 yards, but came alive after the break. OC Kyle Shanahan did a brilliant job scheming Julio Jones into space, allowing both of Atlanta's passing-game stars to eat. Ryan found Jones for a 36-yard touchdown, Mohamed Sanu for a 10 and Levine Toilolo for a 46. Battered relentlessly in the first half, Ryan did a much better job in Quarters 3 and 4 of rolling out and creating time. It was just the latest strong outing in what's thus far been an MVP-caliber season. Ryan should stay hot against the Chargers' swiss-cheese defense in Week 7.
Oct 16 - 7:47 PM

Matt Ryan completed 15-of-28 attempts for 267 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 5 win over the Broncos.

Ryan was not perfect in this game. He missed Julio Jones for what would have been two long gains and should have thrown a couple interceptions. He did a great job identifying Tevin Coleman in mismatches against linebackers, however, and made the Broncos pay with several long throws to his running back. The most important was a 31-yard score in the third quarter on which Coleman ran straight past Brandon Marshall at the line and through the heart of the defense. It was not a big day, but Ryan got through his first big challenge unscathed. Still, he will be very tough to trust next week in Seattle.
Oct 9 - 7:10 PM

Matt Ryan completed 28-of-37 passes for 503 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the Falcons' 48-33, Week 4 win over the Panthers.

Ryan did whatever he wanted against the Panthers' reeling defense, ripping off chunk gains on every series. The Falcons had three touchdown drives of 90-plus yards. Each of Julio Jones, Aldrick Robinson and Austin Hooper scored touchdowns of at least 35 yards. Ryan's fourth score was a goal-line bunny to Jacob Tamme. Amidst the carnage, Ryan hooked up with Jones 12 times for 300 yards and a 75-yard score. Jones' 300-yard game was only the sixth in NFL history. Ryan's 503 yards were tied for 17th all-time. Ryan is on pace for a bonkers 5,892 yards and 44 touchdowns, but has a daunting Week 5 matchup in the Broncos.
Oct 2 - 4:21 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn confirms Matt Ryan (thumb) will be fine for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Ryan could have his practice reps scaled back a bit this week, but his status is not in doubt. Ryan will be more of a QB2 than QB1 against Carolina's still-elite defense.
Sep 27 - 3:28 PM

Matt Ryan said his thumb is "fine."

Ryan appeared to suffer a thumb injury on his non-throwing hand against the Saints Monday night. He did not miss any snaps, but he did play the rest of the game with a glove on his left hand. "I took a hit on it in the game, but I'm fine," Ryan said. "Put a glove on just to make sure I'd get a good grip afterwards. But I'm fine. I feel pretty good." He should be good to go for a tough matchup with the Panthers this week.
Source: ESPN
Sep 27 - 9:52 AM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' 45-32, Week 3 win over the Saints on Monday night.

The Saints could have pulled 11 fans from the Superdome stands to play defense as good -- er, bad -- as the 11-man group they used Monday night. Granted, New Orleans has already lost half its starting defense to injury, but this was a totally pathetic effort. The Falcons hung the 45 points and 442 total yards of offense all with Julio Jones contributing just one 16-yard catch and Mohamed Sanu leaving before halftime with a shoulder injury. Ryan hooked up with Devonta Freeman on his first touchdown from 13 yards away and then hit Justin Hardy for a short score on a shovel pass. Ryan has been an elite QB1 through three weeks, but gets a tough test with the Panthers coming to town Week 4.
Sep 26 - 11:34 PM

Matt Ryan completed 26-of-34 passes for 396 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Falcons' Week 2 win at Oakland.

If you haven't heard much about Khalil Mack, it's because he's on a milk carton. The Raiders have been blowtorched for 819 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns through two games, and on Sunday they only hit Ryan three times with one sack. On the other hand, the Falcons' offensive line has looked terrific early in the season. Expect Ryan to stay hot in Week 3 at the Superdome.
Sep 18 - 8:22 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-39 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay.

He added ten yards on three scrambles. Ryan absorbed three sacks, but this was one of the better games he's played in awhile, albeit against a weak Bucs pass defense. In Week 2, the Falcons travel to Oakland which struggled mightily to contain Drew Brees on Sunday. Ryan will be a passable QB2 option in that game.
Sep 11 - 5:16 PM

Matt Ryan worked with noted trainers Tom House and Adam Dedeaux on his deep ball this offseason.

"You're always trying to find ways to get better, and I feel like that was an avenue for me to get better," Ryan said. "My body feels really good. And I'm certainly throwing the ball really well." Deep passes have never been a staple of Ryan's game, and he ranked near the bottom of the league in deep attempts last season. If the offense is really going to improve, Ryan's needs to work on limiting turnovers, especially in the red zone.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 10:43 AM

Matt Ryan completed 12-of-22 passes for 129 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's preseason game.

It wasn't what the Falcons wanted to see. Ryan struggled to make plays, while his interception was another inexcusable pass in the red zone. Coming off a year he had as many turnovers as touchdowns (seriously), Ryan closes up the preseason 18-of-37 (48.6 percent) for 207 yards (5.59 YPA), zero scores and one pick. He's a lower-end QB2 as his career continues to go in the wrong direction.
Aug 25 - 10:02 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Terron Ward
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Justin Hardy
3Taylor Gabriel
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Aldrick Robinson
3Eric Weems
WR31Justin Hardy
TE1Jacob Tamme
2Levine Toilolo
3Austin Hooper
4Joshua Perkins
LT1Jake Matthews
2Tom Compton
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
C1Alex Mack
2Trevor Robinson
RG1Chris Chester
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
K1Matt Bryant