Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Thu 8/11/22 6:49 PM

Ryan is slated to log about one quarter of action during Saturday's preseason contest at Buffalo, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ryan is acclimating to a new environment after 14 campaigns with the Falcons, so it comes as no surprise that Colts head coach Frank Reich wants his quarterback to get some reps ahead of Week 1. In fact, Ryan and most of Indy's starters will log some time time in the team's first two exhibitions before playing up to one half in the finale on Saturday, Aug. 27 versus the Buccaneers. On the other hand, the 37-year-old is unlikely to have the services of stud running back Jonathan Taylor until the regular-season opener, understandably so.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Thu 7/28/22 1:54 PM

Ryan has been impressive early in camp as the precision passing he showed in spring workouts has continued, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports. "There's a real decisiveness with Matt," head coach Frank Reich said, adding that "he's seeing that underneath guy open, he's just played enough ball to know the value of taking those and then taking the shots down the field when they are there."
EDGE Analysis
The Colts grew frustrated with Carson Wentz frequently skipping over easy short targets in an effort to hit the big play last season. Ryan's better accuracy should also help the team's passing game take advantage of the holes created by opposing defenses' focus on Jonathan Taylor and the rushing attack. That could mean good news for short-range passes to Nyheim Hines, Parris Campbell and Mo Alie-Cox. However, Ryan also had a league-high 67.4 on-target percentage on attempts of 20-plus yards.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Mon 3/21/22 1:54 PM

The Falcons agreed Monday to trade Ryan to the Colts in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
It's light compensation for a veteran starting quarterback, largely because Ryan has a huge contract that includes a $7.5 million roster bonus this week. It appears the Falcons will avoid paying that bonus, with the Colts betting that a better roster around him will allow for a comeback year from the soon-to-be 37-year-old QB. Despite starting all 17 games last season, Ryan fell shy of 4,000 passing yards for the first time since 2010, with 7.1 YPA being his lowest mark since 2013. He also threw only 20 TD passes, tied for the second fewest of his career, though he did have multiple TDs in five of the first six games before Calvin Ridley missed the remainder of the season. Ryan will get a big O-line upgrade with the move to Indianapolis, not to mention benefitting from the presence of formidable running back Jonathan Taylor, but the Colts' current roster is light on pass-catching talent behind WR Michael Pittman. Of course, the Colts still have plenty of cap space (and the upcoming draft) to add more receiving weapons. Meanwhile, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the Falcons are interested in free-agent QB Marcus Mariota, who would step in atop the depth chart ahead of 2021 UDFA Feleipe Franks. There's also a reasonable chance Atlanta uses an early pick on a QB during the 2022 Draft.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Mon 3/21/22 10:28 AM

The Falcons have been fielding trade calls for Ryan, who is scheduled for a $7.5 million roster bonus if he's still on the team at 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Falcons presumably would've traded Ryan if they'd been able to add Deshaun Watson, and while they ultimately lost out to Cleveland, there's apparently still some chance the 36-year-old QB is traded. The Colts are oft-mentioned as a fit, given their ample cap space and obvious need at quarterback, and Rapoport hints that other teams may be interested as well. It is possible for the Falcons to deal Ryan after he's paid the bonus, at which point he'd have a bit more trade value but also would leave behind a larger dead cap charge.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Sat 3/12/22 10:53 AM

Ryan agreed to restructure his contract Friday, clearing $12 million in salary-cap space for Atlanta ahead of the new league year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Ryan wasn't forced to take a pay cut as a result of restructuring of his deal, so the transaction simply gives the Falcons more flexibility heading into the 2022 season. The quarterback previously had a cap number of $48.66 million for 2022, but it now sits at $36.66 million after he converted $7.5 million in scheduled salary and a $7.5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Mon 1/10/22 12:00 PM

Ryan completed 20 of 23 passes for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.
EDGE Analysis
Ryan led two straight scoring drives to start the game, but he threw his first interception since Week 12 on the Falcons' third offensive possession. The veteran quarterback ultimately salvaged his performance by tossing an 18-yard touchdown to Russell Gage with 21 seconds left in the game. Overall, Ryan's season totals don't look horrible -- 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions -- but the majority of that production (2,157 yards, 15 touchdowns) came during the first eight games of the season. The loss of Calvin Ridley (personal) after Week 7 clearly impacted Ryan's fantasy upside during the 2021 campaign, and it's unclear what the Falcons' offense will look like in 2022. Nonetheless, it's likely that regardless of Ridley's status, Kyle Pitts will have to continue emerging as a star pass catcher if Ryan hopes to bounce back next year.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Sun 1/2/22 5:43 PM

Ryan completed 13 of 23 passes for 197 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 29-15 loss to the Bills. He also rushed twice for seven yards and lost a fumble.
EDGE Analysis
Ryan generated some pedestrian numbers at the untimeliest of junctures on the calendar from both a team and fantasy perspective. Atlanta's playoff hopes, already thin, likely evaporated altogether with the loss, while fantasy managers counting him in their championship weeks also had to be significantly underwhelmed. To make matters worse, Ryan had a rushing touchdown taken away on replay with just over six minutes remaining in the contest and set his team back 15 yards with a taunting penalty as a result of his actions after he believed he'd scored. The veteran quarterback typically has made the best of circumstances while learning a new offense and also playing a good portion of the season without top receiver Calvin Ridley (personal), but he'll look to ensure the season doesn't end on a sour note when he faces the Saints in Week 18. Ryan hasn't thrown for 300 yards since Week 9.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Sun 12/26/21 5:03 PM

Ryan completed 18 of 24 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday. He also rushed four times for five yards.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran certainly didn't conjure up numbers that will send the pulses of fantasy managers racing at this time of the season, but he at least stayed away from turnovers and also connected with Hayden Hurst for a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Ryan focused most heavily on star rookie Kyle Pitts, who was on the receiving end for six of his completions for 102 yards. Ryan's overall fantasy upside perpetually is capped by his thin pass-catching corps, but he's now thrown a touchdown pass in three straight games heading into a Week 17 road battle against the Bills.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Sun 12/19/21 8:41 PM

Ryan completed 19 of 32 pass attempts for 236 yards and a touchdown while rushing five times for 20 yards and losing a fumble in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.
EDGE Analysis
The 20 rushing yards were a pleasant surprise (and a new season high) from the immobile Ryan, but they were essentially canceled out by the lost fumble he suffered at the hands of Nick Bosa in the second quarter. The 49ers harassed the veteran quarterback with pressure all game, leading to just three plays of 20 or more yards for the Falcons on Sunday. Normally an upcoming game against the Lions would be a relief for players coming off poor performances, but Detroit has been playing some inspired football down the stretch, slightly dampening what is still a plus matchup for Ryan's fantasy managers.

Matt Ryan
QB IND (14)
Sun 12/12/21 4:22 PM

Ryan completed 19 of 28 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed four times for three yards.
EDGE Analysis
A week after an impressive 297-yard output against the Buccaneers in a losing effort, Ryan was much more subdued in the divisional win. The veteran continued to display solid rapport with Russell Gage in the ongoing absence of Calvin Ridley (personal), and he focused heavily on Kyle Pitts and Mike Davis as well with a total of 10 completions going to that duo. The Falcons moved to 6-7 with the win to remain in the playoff picture with four games remaining, and a Week 15 road matchup against the 49ers will serve as Ryan's next opportunity to push Atlanta closer to the postseason.