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Matt Ryan | Quarterback | #2

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (33) / 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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Falcons signed QB Matt Ryan to a six-year, $169.25 million contract through 2023.
That's $28.2 million per year, but it's $30 million per year during the extension seasons. That's a threshold that had previously never been crossed in the NFL, and rarely even in other North American sports. It will soon become routine for quarterbacks. Ryan produced as many turnovers as touchdowns in 2015 before his stunning MVP campaign in 2016. He was somewhere in between in 2017. Two weeks shy of his 33rd birthday, Ryan should still have multiple years left of potential elite play. Emphasis on "potential." Ryan sometimes needs to be elevated instead of doing the elevating himself. He has a new No. 2 receiver for 2018 in first-rounder Calvin Ridley. May 3 - 4:01 PM

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said a contract extension for Matt Ryan is "close."

Contract talks reportedly "hit a snag" last month, but it sounds as if that has been worked out. Dimitroff said the negotiations are "not a complicated process" and he is "not kept up at night." It would be a surprise if Ryan does not have a new deal once training camp rolls around.
Apr 3 - 10:11 AM

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Falcons have "hit a snag" in contract talks with Matt Ryan.

"I don't know how close we are," GM Thomas Dimitroff told reporters at the Georgia Pro Day. "There is no real rush on it. We've had good conversations." The Falcons met with Ryan's agent at the Combine but haven't made any progress since. Ryan could be targeting $30 million annually after Kirk Cousins got $28 million per year from the Vikings. Atlanta wants Ryan to settle for a team-friendly deal.
Mar 21 - 4:21 PM

Falcons owner Arthur Blank expects Matt Ryan’s next contract to be a team-friendly deal.

"I think Matt is the kind of quarterback that will understand, at this point, this is also about what is his legacy going to be," Blank said. "He wants to win championships and make sure the team is in position that we can compete for free agents. We expect him to work with us to ensure there’s talent around him." Entering a contract year, extending Ryan is Atlanta’s top offseason priority. As a Tom Condon client, it would be surprising if Ryan settled for less than top-seven quarterback money.
Feb 2 - 7:26 PM

Speaking Thursday, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said his "main focus" this offseason will be extending contract-year QB Matt Ryan.

Going on 33, Ryan followed up his MVP 2016 with a disappointing 20-score campaign but didn't take any physical steps backward. He had the looks of a player who should remain the answer under center for at least 2-3 more seasons. Any extension would have to make Ryan one of the 2-3 highest-paid players in the league.
Jan 18 - 1:32 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-36 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in the Falcons' 15-10, Divisional Round loss to the Eagles.

Ryan couldn't bust any big plays and struggled in the red zone as the Falcons lost a game they probably should have won against a team starting its No. 2 quarterback. Ryan was a lock to fall back from his 2016 MVP campaign this season, but regressed well past the mean. His 4,095 yards were his fewest since 2010, while his 20 scores were his fewest since his rookie year. His YPA dropped nearly a yard and a half, tumbling from 9.26 to 7.74. All season, Ryan and the Falcons' passing attack were anemic in the red zone. Going on 33, Ryan did not exhibit any physical drop-off. He'll be a top 10-12 quarterback option in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Jan 13 - 7:54 PM

Matt Ryan completed 21-of-30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 26-13, Wild Card win over the Rams.

Ryan took some thundering sacks on a night where the Coliseum's turf was an issue, but helped keep the chains moving with nine completions to Julio Jones. That included a game-sealing, eight-yard eephus-type pass for a touchdown. The Falcons now get to face the Nick Foles-led Eagles in the Divisional Round, and will likely be road favorites as the No. 6 seed against the No. 1 seed.
Jan 7 - 12:04 AM

Matt Ryan completed 28-of-45 passes for 317 yards and one touchdown while adding three rushes for 14 yards Sunday in the Falcons' Week 17 win over the Panthers.

We knew Ryan would regress somewhat after pulling out all the stops during his MVP season in 2016, but the fall was steeper than any of us could have expected. A year after averaging 309 passing yards per game, Ryan eclipsed 300 yards just four times while compiling his fewest passing yards in a season since 2010. Despite playing with essentially the same receiving corps as last season, Ryan went the entire year without a three-touchdown game. Ryan hasn't been the same under new OC Steve Sarkisian and badly missed Kyle Shanahan this year. Despite Ryan’s struggles, the Falcons were able to clinch a Wild Card berth with Sunday’s win and will head to Los Angeles for next week’s playoff opener.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 07:55:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-36 passes for 288 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 16 loss to the Saints.

Following a quiet first half, Ryan looked to finally be getting something going when he hit Julio Jones with a great back-shoulder throw in the two-minute drill, but that drive ended with a fluke interception which was dropped by the receiver right onto Marshon Lattimore’s "back side." It somehow stayed there long enough for the rookie corner to corral it for an interception. Ryan had some more bad luck in the second half when Jones, who set up the scoring chance with a 44-yard grab, was ruled down at the one despite catching the ball in the end zone. Ryan made his stat line look better with a drive in what amounted to garbage time, but he and the rest of the offense were dominated by a great defensive performance from New Orleans. Now they are looking at a must-win in Week 17 against the Panthers.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 17-of-31 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' 24-21, Week 15 win over the Bucs.

Ryan turned in an average performance, looking great early on but unable to get much going in the second half. The Falcons had multiple opportunities to boost their lead, but were unable to convert key 3rd downs and in the red zone. His touchdown came on the Falcons' second drive to WR Justin Hardy from six yards out. Ryan and Julio Jones struggled to connect deep with Ryan waiting too long on what should have been a touchdown. He will be a borderline QB1 against the Saints in Week 15.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 12:02:00 AM

Matt Ryan completed 15-of-27 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in the Falcons' 20-17, Week 14 win over the Saints.

Ryan was outright horrendous, killing three straight drives spanning the second and third quarters with interceptions. Pick No. 1 was to a blanketed Julio Jones against Marshon Lattimore. No. 2 was on Austin Hooper, who let the ball bounce off his body right to Chris Banjo. No. 3 was one of the worst throws by any quarterback this season. With Julio enveloped in the end zone, Ryan threw a third down prayer to nowhere that Marcus Williams easily intercepted. Ryan now has just 31 completions for 394 yards and one touchdown over his past two starts. He has 10 days to game plan and lick his wounds for a more attackable matchup with the Bucs.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 11:29:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 16-of-29 passes for 173 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Falcons' Week 13 loss to the Vikings.

Although he was not as accurate as he could have been, this did not stick out as a particularly bad game from Ryan, but the Falcons simply could not make anything happen. That was in large part because they were a dreadful 1-for-10 on third down with eight of those attempts a third-and-long, allowing Minnesota to dominate the clock. With the Saints up next on Thursday night, Ryan and the rest of the offense will have to play better.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 04:26:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 26-of-35 passes for 317 yards and one touchdown in the Falcons' 34-20, Week 12 win over the Bucs.

Ryan lost a potential 51 yards and touchdown to Mohamed Sanu, otherwise he might have had an even bigger day. Amazingly, the 300-yard game was just his second of the season. Ryan found Julio Jones 11 times for 202 yards (Sanu had the other 51), locking onto him for nearly the entire game. He also worked a strong connection with Sanu, finding him eight times on nine targets. Ryan has now completed at least 70 percent of his passes in three straight games, and finally welcomed himself to the 2017 season. He'll be a low-end QB1 for Week 13 against the Vikings.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 04:11:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 19-of-27 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 11 win over the Seahawks.

The yards weren't there, but Ryan played great with the return men continuously setting the offense up in strong field position. Also, WRs Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu made some incredible catches to keep the chains moving (Jones) and score a touchdown (Sanu). Ryan's second score was a wide-open 25-yard fling to blocking TE Levine Toilolo, who was left uncovered in the end zone. Ryan will be in a good spot Week 12 against the Bucs, but the numbers haven't really been there this year for the reigning MVP. He'll be a back-end QB1 in that matchup.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 12:02:00 AM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-29 passes for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Atlanta's Week 10 win over Dallas.

Ryan had just 94 yards and an interception at halftime. He opened the third quarter with a touchdown to Justin Hardy, and later hit Austin Hooper on a goal-line play action. Ryan had 11 straight completions in the second half as the Falcons blew out the Cowboys. He's heating up after a slow start, with at least two touchdowns over the last three weeks. Ryan gets a matchup with Seattle in Week 11.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 07:21:00 PM

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QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Ito Smith
4Terron Ward
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
WR11Julio Jones
2Calvin Ridley
3Russell Gage
4Marvin Hall
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Justin Hardy
3Reggie Davis
WR31Calvin Ridley
TE1Austin Hooper
2Logan Paulsen
3Eric Saubert
4Alex Gray
LT1Jake Matthews
2Ty Sambrailo
3Daniel Brunskill
LG1Andy Levitre
2Ben Garland
C1Alex Mack
2Jamil Douglas
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Wes Schweitzer
3Sean Harlow
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Austin Pasztor
K1Matt Bryant