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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
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Matt Ryan completed 26-of-37 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 36-20, Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.
Ryan simply shredded the Seahawks, playing at an MVP level from the Falcons' methodical opening drive. Ryan completed passes to eight difference receivers, making Atlanta's passing attack essentially indefensible behind a rock-solid offensive line. Ryan will have a solid matchup in either the Cowboys or Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Jan 14 - 7:52 PM

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The Associated Press selected Matt Ryan as the first-team All-Pro at quarterback.

It's the same panel that votes on league awards, such as the MVP, and this would suggest that Ryan is the heavy favorite for MVP honors over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. This is Ryan's first time being named as a first-team All-Pro. The rest of the All-Pro first team on offense: RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Julio Jones, WR Antonio Brown, TE Travis Kelce, FLEX David Johnson, LT Tyron Smith, LG Kelechi Osemele, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, RT Jack Conklin.
Jan 6 - 12:35 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-36 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' 38-32, Week 17 win over the Saints.

Ryan has an 11:0 TD:INT ratio over the last four weeks and has a strong case for the MVP award, along with Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Ryan's four touchdowns on Sunday went to Tevin Coleman (7 yards), Julio Jones (one yard), Mohamed Sanu (10 yards), and Justin Hardy (7 yards). Ryan and the Falcons clinched the No. 2 seed in the NFC with the win and will get a first-round bye before having a home game in the Divisional Round.
Jan 1 - 7:55 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-33 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Panthers.

Ryan was a surgeon in this game, connecting with 10 different pass catchers and hitting Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea for touchdowns. Those scores made Ryan the first player in NFL history to complete touchdown passes to 13 different receivers in a single season. Ryan also did a great job escaping pressure and making things happen when the play broke down, and he found Tevin Coleman to convert a third-and-21 with the Panthers mounting something of a comeback in the second half. Coleman took the next handoff 55 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. Ryan basically did whatever he wanted in this game, and he should be able to do much of the same next week against the Saints. He will be a high-end QB1 in the season finale.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 17-of-23 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and rushed once for a one-yard loss Sunday in the Falcons' Week 15 win over the 49ers.

He was sacked once for no loss. Fantasy owners expected a big day from Ryan, and that’s exactly what they got. Efficient would probably be the best word to describe Ryan’s outing. Even sans Julio Jones, Ryan still gashed the Niners for a masterful 12.43 yards per attempt. His two touchdowns came on red-zone strikes to Taylor Gabriel and Austin Hooper. Both came in the first half. His longest completion occurred on a 59-yard catch-and-run by Aldrick Robinson early in the second quarter. With Atlanta up by a million, Ryan was able to watch most of the fourth quarter from the sidelines. Ryan matched his career-high in touchdown passes with 32 on Sunday. Look for him to better that mark against Carolina on Christmas Eve.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:08:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 24-of-41 passes for 237 yards with three touchdowns Sunday in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Rams.

After the Rams fumbled the opening kickoff, Ryan got to work and threw a three-yard touchdown to Justin Hardy on his first play from scrimmage. After two three-and-outs, Ryan came back and led a nine-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman. Later Ryan found a soft spot in the Rams’ secondary and exploited it by hurling a 64-yard touchdown to an embarrassingly wide-open Taylor Gabriel. With the Falcons in total control, Ryan ceded his quarterback duties to backup Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter. Ryan reached 4,000 yards passing on Sunday, a threshold he’s now reached in six straight seasons. Matty Ice will be an obvious QB1 at home against the Niners in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 08:14:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-34 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Falcons' 29-28, Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Ryan was two doomed by two bad throws. Eric Berry jumped the route on Ryan's interception, housing it for a pick six. Berry then jumped the route on a late two-point conversion, returning it for two points and the difference in a back-and-forth game. Both throws should have never been delivered. Ryan was also hampered by a gimpy Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, both of whom were banged up late. Ryan lost LT Jake Matthews to a knee injury earlier in the game. Despite the tough day, Ryan should bounce back for a big game against the pathetic Rams in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:02:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:47:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 04:22:00 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.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:54:00 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.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 08:14:00 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.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 07:50:00 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.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 07:47:00 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.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 07:10:00 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.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 04:21:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
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
4Anthony Dable
WR31Justin Hardy
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Austin Hooper
3Josh Perkins
LT1Jake Matthews
2Tom Compton
LG1Andy Levitre
2Wes Schweitzer
C1Alex Mack
RG1Chris Chester
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
K1Matt Bryant