Matt Ryan

Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #2
Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #2
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Matt Ryan News

Commits four turnovers on SNF

Ryan completed 21 of 37 pass attempts for 223 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and one fumble lost in Sunday's 54-19 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: This game was actually much closer than the final score suggests, but Ryan committed untimely turnovers that ultimately cost his team a chance at victory. The aging signal-caller threw an ugly interception on the Colts' final drive of the first half, then he had three consecutive drives with turnovers in the second half that all resulted in touchdowns for Dallas on the ensuing drives. Ryan has not performed well since being reinstated as the starter by head coach Jeff Saturday, producing a 2:6 TD:TO ratio while failing to top 225 passing yards in any of the four games. The sliding Colts are entering a bye week, so it will be interesting to see if Saturday sticks with his struggling starter when the team resumes play against the Vikings on Dec. 18.

Dec 5, 2022 12:50 AM EST

MNF comeback bid comes up short

Ryan completed 22 of 34 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Monday's 24-17 loss to the Steelers. He added 22 yards on four rushing attempts and fumbled twice, losing one.

Analysis: After Ryan's first pass attempt was batted into the air, his second was picked off for his 10th interception of the season. The veteran quarterback's first completion didn't come until there was 7:05 left in the second quarter, and he went into halftime with five completions on 13 attempts for 36 yards and the interception. Despite Ryan's putrid play, the Colts actually had a chance to take the lead in the third quarter with a first and goal at Pittsburgh's one-yard line down 16-10, but Ryan botched the handoff to Jonathan Taylor for the quarterback's fourth lost fumble and 12th overall. Ryan bounced back on the ensuing drive, throwing a go-ahead six-yard touchdown to Michael Pittman. The Steelers took back the lead, and Ryan failed to produce any more points as the Colts fell to 4-7-1 heading into a daunting Week 13 road game in Dallas. After the game, interim coach Jeff Saturday confirmed that Ryan remains the team's starter despite his struggles, per Nate Atkins of The Indianapolis Star.

Nov 28, 2022 8:48 PM EST

Predictably struggles

Ryan completed 23 of 32 passes for 213 yards against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Analysis: The Eagles pass rush rattled Ryan a good amount, sacking him four times and hitting him eight times, but at least Ryan didn't turn the ball over. For Ryan to offer a useful fantasy box score he usually needs to approach or exceed the 40-pass attempt mark, so unless his volume trends upward he's no lock to produce against Pittsburgh in Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 2:49 PM EST

Confirmed as starter

Coach Jeff Saturday confirmed Wednesday that Ryan is the Colts' starting QB ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Given that Ryan helmed the Colts' 25-20 win over the Raiders this past Sunday, it's no surprise that the veteran QB will continue to start in Week 11 after reclaiming the assignment from Sam Ehlinger. In his return to the lineup versus Las Vegas, Ryan completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards and a TD to go along with 38 rushing yards and another score on four carries. This weekend, he'll be facing a Philadelphia squad coming off a 32-21 loss (the 8-1 team's first of the season) to the Commanders on Monday that has allowed an average of 177.7 passing yards per game to date.

Nov 16, 2022 9:37 AM EST

Picks up win in surprise start

Ryan completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown and added 38 rushing yards and another touchdown on four carries in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Making his first start since being benched in favor of Sam Ehlinger in Week 8, Ryan was efficient and surprisingly productive as a runner, with his career-long 39-yard scramble on third-and-3 in the fourth quarter setting up the game-winning score for the Colts. Despite the feel-good return to the lineup, the 37-year-old quarterback will face a much tougher challenge in Week 11 against the Eagles.

Nov 13, 2022 7:22 PM EST

In line to start

Ryan is in line to start Sunday's game against the Raiders, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Previous reports indicated that Sam Ehlinger would remain the Colts' starter in Week 10, but per Bowen, coach Jeff Saturday plans to go back to Ryan versus the Raiders.

Nov 13, 2022 1:09 PM EST

Could start Sunday

Ryan took snaps with starting center Ryan Kelly to open warmups prior to Sunday's game against the Raiders, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Sam Ehlinger took snaps from backup center Danny Pinter, with Keefer suggesting that it looks like Ryan could start Sunday's contest. Previous reports suggested that Ehlinger would remain the team's starter in Week 10. Now it looks like Ryan could get the nod after all, though no official announcements have been made to confirm such an outcome.

Nov 13, 2022 12:35 PM EST

Returning as No. 2 quarterback

Ryan (shoulder) will dress as the Colts' backup quarterback behind starter Sam Ehlinger in Sunday's game against the Raiders, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ryan will suit up for the first time since Week 7, when he played through a Grade 2 right shoulder sprain in a 19-10 loss to the Titans and was then removed as the Colts' starting quarterback one day later. Though Ryan is now healthy after missing the past two weeks, he won't reclaim the starting job in interim head coach Jeff Saturday's first game at the helm, as the Colts will continue to stick with second-year signal-caller Sam Ehlinger as their starter for the third straight game. With the Colts on the outside looking in for a playoff spot and seemingly eager to give Ehlinger an extended evaluation, it may take an injury or a string of poor performances from the young quarterback before Ryan gets another look as the team's starter. In his return this weekend, Ryan will at least supplant Nick Foles as Ehlinger's top understudy, as Saturday confirmed that Foles will be inactive as the team's third quarterback.

Nov 11, 2022 10:26 AM EST

Turns in full practice

Ryan (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After missing the Colts' last two games with a Grade 2 right shoulder sprain, Ryan's ability to take every practice rep Thursday confirms the injury is behind him. Even if Ryan's injury hadn't surfaced, the Colts hadn't planned on continuing with the veteran quarterback as their starter after he committed 10 turnovers and was sacked 24 times in the first seven games of the season. With the Colts having since fired head coach Frank Reich and replaced him with Jeff Saturday, it's possible the team revisits its plans at quarterback later in the season, but at least for Sunday's game in Las Vegas, second-year signal-caller Sam Ehlinger will pick up his third consecutive start. It's unclear if Ryan will usurp Nick Foles as Ehlinger's backup.

Nov 10, 2022 1:37 PM EST

Back at practice

Ryan (right shoulder) was spotted at practice Thursday, James Boyd of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for Ryan, who is bouncing back from a Grade 2 right shoulder sprain, but regardless of the veteran QB's progress this week, Sam Ehlinger is slated to start Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Nov 10, 2022 10:18 AM EST

Not ready to practice

Though Ryan is still not practicing, the QB noted Wednesday that he's "getting there" in terms of his right shoulder recovery, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Per JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site, interim head coach Jeff Saturday relayed Monday that Sam Ehlinger will continue as the team's starting quarterback ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders. That said, in the wake of the team's recent coaching change, it's possible that Nick Foles and/or Ryan (once healthy) may get chances to play down the road this season should Ehlinger struggle or suffer an injury.

Nov 9, 2022 12:15 PM EST

Sidelined for Week 9

Ryan (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Radio reports.

Analysis: With Ryan sidelined, Nick Foles will back up Sam Ehlinger. Since Ehlinger has been named the starter for the rest of the season by coach Frank Reich, Ryan will be a backup at best once healthy.

Nov 4, 2022 10:24 AM EST

Still not practicing

Ryan (right shoulder) is not in line to practice this week, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Ryan is thus trending toward being officially ruled for Sunday's game against the Patriots by the end of the week. In that context, Nick Foles would once again be in line to back up Sam Ehlinger, who has taken over as the Colts' starting quarterback.

Nov 2, 2022 9:41 AM EST

Officially out Week 8

Indianapolis formally ruled Ryan (shoulder) out for Sunday's game against Washington, JJ Stankevitz of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: Ryan was never expected to dress for the Colts this weekend after head coach Frank Reich announced Monday that the veteran quarterback was dropped from the starting role to third on the depth chart in light of turning the ball over 10 times through Indianapolis' first seven games. Sam Ehlinger will take over as the Colts' new starter and is expected to hold down the job for the rest of the season, while Nick Foles steps in as the No. 2 option under center. Meanwhile, Ryan, who played through a Grade 2 right shoulder sprain in the Colts' Week 7 loss to the Titans, will likely be inactive on game days moving forward, as he's expected to remain the No. 3 quarterback even after he moves past the shoulder injury.

Oct 28, 2022 11:10 AM EST

Benched after Week 7 loss

Ryan has been benched by the Colts, and Sam Ehlinger is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Commanders, Mike Chappell of FOX59/CBS4 Sports reports.

Analysis: Ehlinger will be backed up by Nick Foles, as Ryan has been dropped to third on the quarterback depth chart. The former Falcons quarterback has been a massive disappointment in his first year with the Colts, posting a 9:9 TD:INT and fumbling 11 times (losing three) through seven games. This could be the end of the line as an NFL starter for the 37-year-old Ryan.

Oct 24, 2022 11:04 AM EST

Stifled by Tennessee

Ryan completed 33 of his 44 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: The Colts were forced into a pass-heavy offense for the third consecutive week, though that didn't result in a big statistical performance for Ryan. He completed only one pass of at least 20 yards and managed only 5.5 yards per attempt against a Titans' defense that had been among the worst in the league defending the pass entering Sunday's game. Ryan was also a key reason for the loss, as he threw a pick-six and followed that up with another interception on the following possession, which led to a field goal for Tennessee. While he's shown flashes of promise in his first year with the Colts, Ryan has thrown one or fewer touchdowns in four of seven games to this point in the campaign.

Oct 23, 2022 7:51 PM EST

Record-setting effort in win

Ryan completed 42 of 58 passes for 389 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts' 34-27 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also netted minus-4 yards on one rush.

Analysis: For nearly the entirety of the first half, Ryan and his teammates appeared to be stuck in the recurring nightmare that had been their recent experiences against the Jaguars. However, the veteran signal-caller came to life late in the second quarter and also turned in a stellar final period, helping the Colts to a much-needed comeback win. Ryan ended up setting a new team record for single-game completions while connecting with Parris Campbell, Jelani Woods and Alec Pierce for touchdowns of four, 10 yards and 32 yards, respectively, the latter coming with 17 seconds remaining to cap off the victory. Ryan also stayed away from any turnovers for the first time all season and wasn't sacked, with the two very likely correlated. Ryan will aim to continue building on the massive momentum generated by Sunday's stellar performance in a Week 7 divisional road battle against the Titans.

Oct 16, 2022 1:29 PM EST

Some redemption in Week 5 win

Ryan completed 26 of 41 passes for 251 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed once for one yard during the Colts' 12-9 overtime win against the Broncos on Thursday night. He also committed two fumbles, recovering one.

Analysis: For most of the night Thursday, Ryan and Russell Wilson engaged in a battle of disappointing-to-date offseason additions, with Colts' signal-caller even pushing his season-long fumble tally to a whopping 11 and producing his second multi-interception effort in five games. However, the veteran quarterback started to find his rhythm late in regulation in the form of a 10-play 67-yard drive that culminated in a game-tying field goal that sent the game into overtime, after the previous four possessions had culminated in a pick and three punts. Ryan then stayed hot in the extra period by leading an eight-play, 45-yard drive that resulted in what would prove to be a game-winning field goal to send Indianapolis home as the improbable victor. Ryan will hope to have Jonathan Taylor (ankle) back in action and finally get a grasp on his ball security issues during a Week 6 home divisional rematch with the Jaguars a week from Sunday.

Oct 6, 2022 9:17 PM EST

Big numbers in loss

Ryan completed 27 of 37 passes for 356 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Ryan has had reasonable passing volume throughout the season, but Sunday's effort was by far his most efficient in four games with the Colts. He spread the ball around but was particularly effective targeting his tight ends, as the trio of Mo Alie-Cox, Kylen Granson and Jelani Woods combined for 11 receptions, 180 yards and two touchdowns. After throwing a total of only one touchdown across his first two games, Ryan now has multiple scores in each of his last two starts.

Oct 2, 2022 5:14 PM EST

Bounces back in Week 3 win

Ryan completed 27 of 37 passes for 222 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Colts' 20-17 win over the Chiefs on Sunday. He also rushed three times for four yards and committed two fumbles, losing one.

Analysis: Ryan finished with solid numbers overall while leading the Colts to their first win of the season, but he continued to display an alarming penchant for turnovers when taking hits. Ryan has now fumbled seven times through three games, making him fortunate to have only lost two. Ryan did show some encouraging chemistry with rookie tight end Jelani Woods, who he hit for both touchdowns, and clearly benefited from the returns of Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce, who he hit for 11 of his completions and 133 receiving yards on 14 targets. Ryan will aim for better ball security and continued target diversification in a Week 4 home divisional clash against the Titans.

Sep 25, 2022 2:08 PM EST

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