Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
2 months ago3 Comments

Ryan declared Thursday that he's excited to be once again working with Dirk Koetter as his offensive coordinator, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I learned so much from him the first time around (2012-14), and he's picked up a few different things along the way too," Ryan said in a post-practice interview. "We've come up with some really good stuff."

EDGE Analysis

Ryan has historically been a more electrifying passer in seasons with Koetter calling the shots. When Koetter served as the Falcons' offensive coordinator between 2012 and 2014, Ryan completed 67.4 percent of his attempts for 4,643 passing yards per season -- notably better numbers than Ryan's 64.4 percent completion rate and 4,099 passing yards per season across his other eight pro campaigns. With Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary drafted in the first round, as well as the additions of veteran guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown via free agency, the offensive line projects to be much sturdier than it was a year ago when allowing Ryan to absorb a career-high 108 QB hits. Add in a selection of skill-position players that includes three former Pro Bowlers (Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper) as well an emerging star in Calvin Ridley, and it's easy to envision Ryan remaining a top-flight fantasy quarterback in 2019.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
4 months ago

Ryan should benefit from offseason improvements along the offensive line in 2019, the Falcons' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Atlanta's brass has shored up the interior with the free-agent signings of left guard James Carpenter and right guard Jamon Brown, who are slated to take over problematic spots. Moreover, blocking tight end Luke Stocker will bolster Ryan's protection. Despite the deficiencies up front last season, Ryan still completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 4,924 yards and 35 touchdowns, numbers which he only surpassed during his MVP campaign in 2016. With Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Devonta Freeman (groin) and Austin Hooper manning the skill positions, Ryan could elevate his output further with the upgrades made in the trenches.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
4 months ago

Ryan (wrist) may be afforded more time to throw in 2019, after Atlanta agreed to terms with offensive guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Often found running for his life behind a shoddy Falcons' offensive line in 2018, Matty Ice still managed to throw for 4,900 yards and 35 touchdowns en route to a QB2 finish in standard scoring leagues. Surely neither Carpenter nor Brown put forth an exemplary body of work last season (ranking as the No. 54 and 62 offensive guards in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus), but each brings a steady veteran presence to the line, and has an opportunity to capture a starting role for a unit that surrendered 108 QB hits in 2018 (sixth-most). The pair of acquisitions improves the guard spots, but drafting an offensive tackle remains very much in play for the Falcons at No. 14 overall, especially with Ryan Schraeder being designated for a post-June 1st release Wednesday.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
5 months ago

Ryan said that winning a Super Bowl title is what "motivates (him) to get out of bed every morning," Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "It's the No. 1 goal for me," Ryan stressed. "To bring a championship to this city and to our organization, that's what it's all about."

EDGE Analysis

With many analysts having considered Atlanta a legitimate Super Bowl contender entering 2018, the team's 7-9 finish was an utterly disheartening result. In regards to Ryan's fantasy output, however, it was an absolutely magical season as he finished top two in quarterback scoring (standard formats) for the second time in three years. Between Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper, there may not be a more electrifying group of skill players in the NFL, but the offensive line certainly needs some work, with head coach Dan Quinn having said that Alex Mack and Jake Matthews are the only two players up front who have a starting role secured heading into 2019. Personnel decisions throughout the offseason will dictate Atlanta's likelihood to make another deep postseason run, but reuniting with former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter bodes well for another statistically prolific season for Ryan. With Koetter leading the offense between 2012 and 2014, Ryan twice logged a top-seven fantasy finish among quarterbacks.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
6 months ago

Ryan relayed Thursday that a left wrist issue which cropped up in Week 17 led to him opting out of an opportunity to go to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, a href="https://twitter.com/vxmcclure23/status/1091013892036280321">Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As a result, Mitchell Trubisky got the Pro Bowl nod, but Ryan indicated that his wrist issue is not a concern at this stage. With the offseason ahead to rest his aches and pains, Ryan should be fine by the time the Falcons take the field again. At that time, he'll look to rebuild his chemistry with a skill-position corps that is slated to welcome back its key cogs, though possibly minus running back Tevin Coleman, who is eligible to become a free agent in March.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
6 months ago

Ryan will be playing under Dirk Koetter in 2019, after the former Buccaneers head coach was hired as Atlanta's offensive coordinator Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

When Koetter served as the Falcons' offensive coordinator between 2012 and 2014, the team twice finished top eight in scoring, while Ryan commanded an 86:45 TD:INT ratio with over 4,600 passing yards per season. With Ryan coming off his second 35-touchdown campaign across 11 years in the NFL, his reuniting with a familiar and proven offensive mind bodes well for his potential to repeat as a top-five fantasy quarterback for the third time in four years.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
7 months ago

Ryan completed 31 of 44 passes for 378 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Falcons' 34-32 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed four time for seven yards.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan wrapped up the season in stellar fashion, as the Falcons afforded their offensive starts their normal allotment of playing time. Ryan picked on the vulnerable Buccaneers secondary all afternoon, connecting with Julio Jones on nine occasions for 138 yards and a touchdown and also hitting Mohamed Sanu for an additional 90 yards on seven completions. Ryan wraps up what was a disappointing 2018 campaign from a team perspective with 4,924 yards and a sparkling 35:7 TD:INT. Atlanta will look to re-tool some in the offseason and will undoubtedly count on another MVP-caliber season from Ryan to help them bounce back in 2019.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
7 months ago

Ryan completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers. He also lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan completed just 57 percent of his passes, but some big plays allowed him to averaged a healthy 9.2 yards per attempt. A large portion of his production came on fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 75 and 44 yards, which proved to be decisive on the scoreboard. Ryan has thrown the ball well over the last three games, posting an 8:1 TD:INT while leading his team to a pair of wins. While the veteran won't be playing in the postseason, his numbers aren't far from those of his 2016 MVP campaign and he'll look to finish strong next Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
7 months ago

Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 40-14 win over Arizona. He added 18 yards and a touchdown on three carries.

EDGE Analysis

Atlanta's defense had already found the end zone by the time Ryan punched in the Falcons' first offensive score early in the second quarter with a one-yard plunge. By the time the half was over, Atlanta was riding easy thanks to a 21-yard dime to Julio Jones down the left sideline in the half's closing seconds. Atlanta came into Sunday on a five-game losing streak, but even that sort of bad mojo was able to be righted by a lowly Cardinals team. Though Atlanta's playoff hopes are dead, Ryan should be able to put up solid numbers to close out the season against division foes Carolina and Tampa Bay, teams against whom he completed a total of 78.3 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and one interception in Weeks 2 and 6, respectively.

Matt Ryan
QB ATL (9)
7 months ago

Ryan completed 28 of 42 passes for 262 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan's overall statline is solid enough, but he salvaged a relatively poor afternoon with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The veteran quarterback's sixth interception of the season was a costly one, as Bashaud Breeland jumped an Austin Hooper out route for a pick-six in the second quarter to help the Packers eventually build a 34-7 lead. Ryan and the Falcons have now lost five straight games as they get set to host the Cardinals in Week 15.