Matt Ryan
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4 days ago

Ryan and the Falcons went three-and-out on the opening drive of the ballgame, as the 10-year veteran completed one pass for -2 yards Friday against the Jets.

EDGE Analysis

The starting unit's showing (albeit in a minute sample size) was abysmal as Tevin Coleman couldn't find any room to run, the offensive line got flagged with a holding penalty, and Ryan's only passing attempt to rookie Calvin Ridley was snuffed out behind the line of scrimmage. Bulletin board material for Ryan and the offense to build upon going into Week 2 of the preseason, when the starters may see an extra drive or two to ramp up towards a potential full half of play in Week 3.

Matt Ryan
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3 months ago6 Comments

Ryan signed a five-year contract extension with the Falcons on Thursday with $100 million guaranteed, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The price of a franchise quarterback goes up yet again with Ryan officially signing his extension, as he will now be the first player in NFL history to earn $30 million in a single season. Ryan saw a sharp drop in production this past year after his MVP campaign in 2016, as the quarterback threw 18 less touchdown passes, five more interceptions and for nearly 900 fewer yards. Still, Ryan is far and away the most consistently productive player the Falcons have had under center in their franchise's history, and he was paid as such. The good news for Ryan is the Falcons added yet another weapon at wide receiver in former Alabama standout Calvin Ridley in an effort to help the offense return close to its 2016 form.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (8)
4 months ago

Ryan was confident Monday when reflecting on his contract negotiations, saying he feels talks between him and the team will culminate in an extension, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I'm excited about being a Falcon for a long time," Ryan said before the media at his charity golf tournament Monday, "It will get done when it's supposed to get done."

EDGE Analysis

Ryan echoed the sentiment of what Falcons' GM Thomas Dimitroff stated in a radio appearance last week: neither the Falcons nor their franchise quarterback feel apprehensive about the two sides being able to come to a contractual resolution. As long as negotiations remain unresolved, Ryan is set to make $20 million in the expiring year of a five-year, $103.75 million contract which he agreed to just before the start of training camp for the 2013 season. Both sides are considering their respective bargaining price with the re-calibrated quarterback market, having witnessed both Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins sign multi-year deals worth north of $27 million per season.

Matt Ryan
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4 months ago

Ryan and the Falcons are close to reaching a consensus on terms for a new contract, Falcons' GM Thomas Dimitroff said on Atlanta's 680 "The Fan" Tuesday morning. Dimitroff's comments mirrored what he had said at Georgia's Pro Day in March, "We're not being kept up at night. It still is the No. 1 priority... We want to continue to build a team as we're going through this process."

EDGE Analysis

Ryan's fantasy value last season severely declined compared to his MVP campaign of 2016, as he plummeted from second to 15th in scoring among quarterbacks in standard leagues, while failing to exceed 18 fantasy points in a single outing. Still, Ryan is the most prolific quarterback in Falcons' history by a vast margin (over 18,000 yards more than Steve Bartkowski), and he has displayed remarkable gutsiness by starting all 16 regular season games during nine of his 10 NFL seasons. Thus far this offseason, the Falcons have remained relatively quiet in free agency, adding three new players on modest deals, all of whom are likely to fill backup roles (perhaps with the exception of recently-acquired offensive guard Brandon Fusco). Atlanta hopes that this conservative approach will provide them with sufficient cap space to sign Ryan to a monster contract, as Kirk Cousins established a staggering precedent by signing with Minnesota on a 3-year, fully guaranteed $84 million deal.

Matt Ryan
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7 months ago

Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 15-10 loss to the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

The Eagles powerful front had Ryan shuffling around all game, his lone touchdown pass coming off of a scramble and then dump-off to Devonta Freeman in the second quarter. On Atlanta's final drive, Matty Ice showed how he earned that name with clutch throws, including a 20-yard pass to Julio Jones on 4th and 6 to keep the drive going. When Atlanta got down inside the 10, however, Ryan couldn't get it done -- missing on three of four attempts. It was a ho-hum season for Ryan, who ended the season with a passer rating below his career average. The only solace Falcons fans might have is the fact that things didn't look even this good in Year 1 with Kyle Shanahan. Perhaps offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian can meld with Ryan to put up another MVP-caliber season in Year 2.

Matt Ryan
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7 months ago

Ryan (personal) practiced in full Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The reason for Ryan's absence Tuesday was explained as a personal matter by the organization, per McClure. Ryan wouldn't elaborate on the topic Wednesday, but his ability to log every practice rep returns the Falcons offense to status quo. Over the past four contests, including Saturday's wild-card win against the Rams, he's completed 62 percent of his passes, averaged nearly 259 yards per game and recorded four touchdowns versus one interception.

Matt Ryan
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7 months ago

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Ryan (personal) rejoined the team Wednesday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's expected that Ryan, who missed the Falcons' first practice of the week Tuesday to attend to the personal matter, will be a full participant in Wednesday's session, given that he's not dealing with an injury. Since throwing three interceptions in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to the Saints, Ryan has bounced back nicely with a 4:1 TD:INT ratio, 62 percent completion rate and 7.3 yards per attempt mark over the past four contests, which include Atlanta's wild-card win over the Rams last week.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (8)
7 months ago

Ryan missed Tuesday's practice due to a personal matter, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although Ryan was at the Falcons' facilities for a portion of the day Tuesday, he left before he was able to take any practice reps, per McClure. Upon the release of the first injury report of the divisional round, a team spokesperson relayed Ryan "had an appointment" but wouldn't reveal the nature of it out of respect for the quarterback. There's a chance Ryan returns to drills Wednesday, but until he does so, his status will be monitored with a watchful eye.

Matt Ryan
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7 months ago

Ryan completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 26-13 win over the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan almost did a split while setting and tossing a lollipop to Julio Jones on a flag route in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Fortunately for Ryan, the ball landed perfectly in Jones' outstretched arms for an eight-yard score, putting Atlanta up by two touchdowns. Ryan has certainly taken a step back from his MVP ways in 2017, but a quiet, efficient playoff win is a positive for a quarterback that had as many interception as touchdowns in the season's final quarter. The Falcons, as the bottom seed, will head to Philly next week. The Eagles boast a top-five defense in terms of yardage and ranked ninth best in the league in opponent passer rating. Given that Philadelphia was also the league's top run defense, Ryan may be counted on to pave through the path of less resistance.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (8)
7 months ago

Ryan completed 28 of 45 passes for 317 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 22-10 win over the Panthers. He also rushed three times for 14 yards.

EDGE Analysis

With the defending NFC champion's playoff lives on the line, Ryan came through with his fourth 300-yard effort of the campaign, and first since Week 12. The 10-year pro helped lead the Falcons downfield on a 10-play, 75-yard opening possession that he capped off with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman. Although that would be his only passing score, Ryan was sharp while connecting with six different pass catchers. He'll head into an NFC wild-card showdown against the Rams next Saturday with a passing score in four straight contests.