Matt Ryan QB ATL 3 Months

Ryan completed all seven of his pass attempts for 53 yards in Friday's preseason opener against the Dolphins, leading his team to a touchdown on his only drive.

Working sans Julio Jones (foot), Ryan hooked up with Roddy White four times. Though he'll be without Tony Gonzalez this season, Ryan should have an improved offensive line, and most important of all a healthy Jones. By all accounts, Jones will be fine for the regular season, even though he's been taking it easy in practice. Ryan will also have White back at full strength, after the long-time Falcon was limited by a nagging ankle injury for most of last season. Looking to the other side of the ball, Atlanta's defense has the potential to be much improved from last season, but probably won't be good enough to keep the team in many run-first situations.

Matt Ryan QB ATL 4 Months

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to remain a pass-happy offense.

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Tony Gonzalez believes former teammate Matt Ryan is not yet an elite quarterback.

Gonzalez made the comments on ESPN's NFL Live Thursday. "Matt's an excellent quarterback," Gonzalez said. "But he's not elite. He's this close. He'll get there, but he has some learning to do." Gonzo is right, but it's surprising he'd be so upfront about his former quarterback barely a month after hanging it up. Ryan made it more clear than ever in 2013 that he's not a Peyton Manning-style elevator, but still someone who needs his teammates to elevate him to "elite" heights.

Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months

Matt Ryan completed 37-of-48 passes for 348 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Monday night's Week 16 loss to the 49ers.

Ryan played phenomenal football on Monday night. It was mostly a catch-and-release game for him, like it always is with this turnstile offensive line he plays behind, but Ryan was extremely accurate. One interception came on a tipped ball that was returned for a game-sealing pick-six, while the final pick was on a last-second Hail Mary into the end zone. Matty Ice's first touchdown pass, a 39-yard strike to Roddy White, was a thing of beauty. Ryan dropped it right into White behind two defenders. The second score came on a broken play to Tony Gonzalez. Considering the cards Ryan has been dealt this season, he's played admirably. He and the 4-11 Falcons will wrap up their season with the Panthers next Sunday.

Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months

Matt Ryan completed 29-of-38 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Week 15 against the Redskins.

Ryan averaged a lousy 5.5 YPA as he was under pressure all day, just as he has been all year long behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. Ryan spread the ball around, targeting each of Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas a team-high seven times. Matty Ice hooked up with Gonzo for a 13-yard score in the first quarter. The two came one yard short of another touchdown strike in the second half. Ryan will be a mid-to-low QB2 next week in San Fran.

Matt Ryan QB ATL 11 Months

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-35 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to Green Bay.

Ryan played a better game than the stats and result indicate; he wasn't helped by six drops from his receivers, headlined by slot man Harry Douglas' most glaring mistakes. Ryan will be a better fantasy bet and quality low-end QB1 option when the Falcons face the left-for-dead Redskins defense in Week 15.

Matt Ryan QB ATL 11 Months

Matt Ryan completed 28-of-47 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Bills.

Ryan didn't push the ball downfield much (his longest completion went for 29 yards), but he finally got Roddy White into the mix for a 10/143/0 line. It's big for his rest-of-season value. With White getting attention on the outside, Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas will have more room to work the middle. Despite all the Falcons issues, Ryan is still on pace to throw for 4,628 yards with 25 touchdowns. He'll be a borderline QB1 against the Packers in Week 14, but note that the game is at Lambeau. Ryan and the Falcons traditionally fare much better in domes, where Sunday's Toronto game was.

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Matt Ryan completed 30-of-39 passes for 297 yards in Atlanta's Week 12 loss to the Saints.

Ryan was a checkdown machine in a game that lulled its viewers to sleep, dumping the ball off to anyone willing to take it. Harry Douglas finished with a zero-calorie nine catches, while Darius Johnson caught six passes for 67 yards. Ryan never threatened deep, necessitating long drives to score. Most of them bogged down in field-goal range. Ryan also drew the ire of in-game attendee Samuel L. Jackson when he opted to slide rather than try for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-10 from the Saints' 10-yard line late in the second quarter. It wasn't a terrible game from a quarterback playing without his top weapon, but hardly an inspiring one. Ryan gets the Bills on the road in Week 13.

Matt Ryan QB ATL 11 Months

Matt Ryan completed 17-of-32 throws for 238 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy dominated the Falcons' offensive line to the extent that C Peter Konz had to be benched in the game. Atlanta's offense simply never got off the ground, and has been struggling ever since it lost Julio Jones to a year-ending foot injury early in the season. Now entrenched as a QB2 -- not a fantasy starter -- Ryan will only be worth two-quarterback-league consideration when the Falcons face the Saints on Thursday Night Football in Week 12.

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Matt Ryan completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Seahawks.