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Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Quarterback #2
ADP:Round: 7, Pick: 8
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 220 lb.
College:Boston College
Age:35
Born:May 17, 1985
Drafted:2008 / Rd. 1 (3)
Draft Team:ATL

Matt Ryan: Agrees to restructure contract

Ryan has reached an agreement to restructure his contract, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Falcons have restructured multiple contracts, converting 2020 base salaries into bonuses to clear out cap space. It's been an interesting offseason in Atlanta, with Todd Gurley and Hayden Hurst brought in to replace Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper. The team still appears weak on defense, but Ryan shouldn't lack for weapons in the passing game.

March 25, 2020 7:30 AM EST

Matt Ryan: Posts 6-2 record post-bye

Ryan completed 30 of 51 pass attempts for 313 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 28-22 win against Tampa Bay. He also lost one fumble on the afternoon.

Analysis: The 2016 MVP was under siege once again Week 17, absorbing four-plus sacks for the sixth time this season. Ryan remained his typical poised self, however, leading Atlanta back from a 22-16 fourth-quarter deficit to reach a post-bye record of 6-2 and secure Dan Quinn as the head coach for the 2020 campaign. While he reached 25 passing TDs and established a completion percentage over 66 percent for a second consecutive year, Ryan's 14 interceptions represented his highest total since 2015. Ball security has potential to improve with enhanced protection, but Atlanta may have to bolster its offensive line depth to accommodate said improvement for its franchise QB.

December 29, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Pushes post-bye record to 5-2

Ryan completed 32 of 45 pass attempts for 384 yards, while throwing one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 24-12 win against Jacksonville. He also registered six rushing yards on four carries.

Analysis: Coming into the day Ryan had cleaned up his play after a turnover-laden first half of 2019, committing just three interceptions Weeks 11 through 15 after throwing nine picks and losing two fumbles between Weeks 1 and 10. Sunday against a star-studded but largely under-performing Jaguars defense, Ryan reverted to his generous ways by committing multiple turnovers for the sixth time this season. His yardage outputs continue to be stellar, however, as the 2016 MVP has gone over 300 passing yards in 10 of 14 appearances this year. Intuitively, he's set for a prolific Week 17 against the Buccaneers' 28th-ranked pass defense, but Ryan threw for 271 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception when these two teams met Nov. 24.

December 22, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Tosses two TDs during Week 15 win

Ryan completed 25 of 39 pass attempts for 210 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 29-22 win against San Francisco. He also registered 27 rushing yards on five carries.

Analysis: Taking on a San Francisco secondary that came into Week 15 without the services of both Richard Sherman (hamstring) and K'Waun Williams (concussion), the 2016 MVP Ryan put on yet another solid fantasy performance. Since being held to fewer than 185 passing yards in both his seventh and eighth outings of the year, Ryan has averaged 283.4 passing yards per game while throwing to a 7:3 TD:INT and leading his team to a 3-2 record. Week 16 presents a matchup against a Jacksonville defense that has surrendered 255-plus passing yards in four consecutive games, while conceding a 7:0 TD:INT since Week 12.

December 15, 2019 5:34 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Stays upright, picks apart Panthers

Ryan completed 20 of 34 pass attempts for 313 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for eight yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 40-20 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback has picked up his statistical output over the past two weeks, exceeding 300 passing yards and throwing multiple TDs in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 5 and 6. Ryan led a second-half renaissance for the Falcons' offensive attack Sunday, conducting three third-quarter scoring drives to expand Atlanta's lead to 20 points, before helping his team tack on 10 more points with back-to-back fourth-quarter scoring possessions. A Week 15 matchup against San Francisco's No. 1 pass defense will force many a fantasy GM to survey alternative options, though Ryan is liable to compile an impressive stat sheet on any given Sunday, especially with the Falcons likely to be throwing in bundles if facing a second-half deficit to the 49ers.

December 8, 2019 4:27 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Gobbled up by Saints front

Ryan completed 35 of 50 pass attempts for 312 yards, while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints. He also lost a fumble while scrambling in the fourth quarter.

Analysis: The 34-year-old signal-caller absorbed a cringe-worthy nine sacks, and committed three giveaways as the Falcons dropped a third straight inter-divisional contest. Atlanta's offensive line has certainly failed its quarterback during the current three-game losing streak, surrendering 18 sacks as Ryan has thrown to a 3:3 TD:INT and coughed up two fumbles. Ryan can hardly be considered an elite option, with 247 passing yards per game and just five total touchdowns in his past five outings as the Falcons prepare to take on Carolina's 18th-ranked pass defense in Week 14.

November 28, 2019 8:50 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Bombarded by Bucs in Week 12 loss

Ryan completed 23 of 46 pass attempts for 271 yards, while committing one interception, absorbing six sacks and losing one fumble during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The 2016 MVP continues to produce choppy results following a red-hot start to the season. Ryan exceeded the 300-yard mark every game between Weeks 1 and 6, but since beleaguered by an ankle injury, he has been held under 275 passing yards in three of his past four outings, while throwing to a mediocre 3:3 TD:INT ratio. A matchup against Tampa Bay's 32nd-ranked pass defense permitted an optimistic fantasy outlook for Ryan coming into Sunday, so taking on New Orleans' top-12 pass defense in Week 13 does little to inspire confidence for a bounce-back performance.

November 24, 2019 2:06 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Back to full participation

Ryan (ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Ryan's ankle sprain has been lingering since Week 7, but it won't impact his availability for a third consecutive contest. He has a great matchup on the docket Sunday versus a Buccaneers defense that has allowed 303.4 passing yards per game and a 25:6 TD:INT in 10 outings to quarterbacks on the campaign.

November 21, 2019 1:37 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Returns to practice

Ryan (ankle) took the practice field Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ryan sat out Week 8 due to a sprained ankle and used the Falcons' bye to ready for a return to action. Since the respite, he's led the team to back-to-back road wins versus the Saints and Panthers, completing 41 of 66 passes for 493 yards, three touchdowns and one interception during that span. While he continues to deal with the ankle issue prior to games, Ryan's status doesn't appear to be in much peril. Thursday's injury report will reveal his current level of participation.

November 21, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Matt Ryan: Held out of Wednesday's practice

Ryan (ankle) missed Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As pointed out by Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site, Ryan's reps have been capped the previous two Wednesdays, only for him to eventually suit up on game days. Ryan will have two more opportunities to get on the practice field this week, but in the end his Week 12 status likely will be confirmed by the release of Friday's injury report, as it has the previous two weeks.

November 20, 2019 1:48 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Clean outing against Panthers

Ryan completed 21 of 31 pass attempts, throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The veteran signal-caller has led his team to consecutive wins for the first time since Weeks 16 and 17 of last season. A key reason for the team's recent success can be attributed to Ryan's reigning in of the turnovers, as he has committed just three interceptions over his past five outings after throwing six between Weeks 1 and 3. Since throwing for 300 yards in six straight games to kick off the season, however, Ryan has only hit the 300-yard mark once over his past three appearances. In Week 12 he has a strong chance to make it two straight games with 300-plus yards through the air, taking on a Buccaneers defense that ranked 32nd in the league against the pass before conceding 228 yards and three touchdowns to Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Sunday.

November 17, 2019 3:11 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Ready to play

Ryan (ankle) has been cleared of any injury designation for Sunday's game at Carolina, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Ryan returned from the ankle sprain for last week's 26-9 win over New Orleans, completing 20 of 35 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He was a limited practice participant throughout the week, with his availability for Sunday never really in doubt. Ryan will take on another tough pass defense, this time without the services of Austin Hooper (knee) and Devonta Freeman (foot). Of course, the Falcons still have legitimate pass-game weapons in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

November 15, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Matt Ryan: Upgrades to limited tag in practice

Ryan (ankle) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Even though Ryan returned from a one-game absence to engineer the Falcons' upset win over the Saints last weekend, Atlanta has been cautious with the quarterback's usage in practice while he continues to manage a sprained ankle. Ryan's ability to at least improve from no practice Wednesday to limited participation Thursday offers optimism that he'll be under center Sunday against Carolina.

November 14, 2019 1:34 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Takes part in drills Thursday

Ryan (ankle) returned to practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Ryan's ankle sprain still appears to be bothering, keeping him off the practice field entirely Wednesday. Thursday's injury report will reveal his activity level, but his presence is generally a good sign that he's preparing to suit up Sunday at Carolina.

November 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Matt Ryan: Absence tied to ankle injury

Ryan was held out of Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The ankle in question isn't known, but Ryan's absence likely stems from the sprained right ankle that sidelined him Week 8 and limited his practice reps last week. Despite that reality, he led the Falcons to victory in New Orleans this past Sunday, completing 20 of 35 passes for 182 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Look for Ryan's status to be clarified as the week continues.

November 13, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Not seen at practice Wednesday

Ryan didn't participate in the open portion of Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Falcons may be exercising caution with Ryan, who sat out Week 8 due to a right ankle sprain before returning after the team's bye and leading the team to a victory this past Sunday at New Orleans. On the other hand, he was expected to be on the field for Wednesday's walkthrough, per Kelsey Conway of the team's official site. As such, Ryan's listing on Wednesday's injury report will be interesting to note.

November 13, 2019 11:41 AM EST

Matt Ryan: Another prolific output in Week 6

Ryan completed 30 of 36 passes for 356 yards, and threw four passing touchdowns to zero interceptions during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals. He also rushed twice for seven yards and fumbled once, but the loose ball was recovered by teammate Jamon Brown.

Analysis: The 2016 MVP continues to light up the box score, with 335 passing yards per game and an overall 15:7 TD:INT ratio thus far this season, but Sunday Ryan lost his the 14th time over Atlanta's past 20 regular-season outings. He helped lead the Falcons back from a 17-point third-quarter deficit with three second-half passing scores, but Matt Bryant's missed extra point in the final two minutes proved to be a fatal mistake. Week 7 presents a promising matchup for Ryan, going up against a Rams defense that has surrendered 299 passing yards and an 8:2 TD:INT ratio over its past three outings.

October 13, 2019 5:03 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Sterling stat line in Week 5 loss

Ryan completed 32 of 46 pass attempts for 330 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 53-32 defeat to Houston. He also carried the ball three times for seven yards and a rushing touchdown.

Analysis: The box score indicates that Ryan has thrown for 300-plus passing yards in five straight outings to kick off 2019, but he has already equaled his interception total from last season (seven), with his fourth-quarter pick-six to Tashaun Gipson ultimately securing a second consecutive 1-4 start for Atlanta. In Week 6 Ryan and the Falcons passing game will have a strong chance of keeping up the yardage and scoring production against a Cardinals defense that has allowed 12 touchdown passes without forcing an interception this year.

October 6, 2019 3:36 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Long touchdown streak snapped

Ryan completed 35 of 53 pass attempts for 397 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, and carried the ball twice for a gain of 18 rushing yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans. He also fumbled once, with Tennessee's Jurrell Casey pouncing on the loose ball.

Analysis: With Sunday's performance Ryan is now averaging a Herculean 331.3 passing yards per game through four weeks of regular-season play, but his six interceptions on the year is already nearly equal to his total of seven from 2018, and his lost fumble against the Titans gives him six over his past 19 appearances. The upcoming Week 5 matchup presents a challenge for Ryan and the Falcons' passing attack, going up against a Texans defense that has surrendered just five passing touchdowns in four outings thus far this season.

September 29, 2019 2:37 PM EST

Matt Ryan: Two straight three-TD outings

Ryan completed 29 of 34 pass attempts for 304 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: With a stellar statistical outing Sunday against Indianapolis, the 2016 MVP now has 300-plus passing yards and multiple passing touchdowns in three straight outings to kick off the season. The bugaboo to this point, however, has been an abundance of giveaways, as Ryan has already committed six interceptions in 2019 after throwing seven all of last year. In Week 4 Ryan will face a capable opponent as he aims to get his team back to .500, taking on a Titans defense that has already forced four interceptions, and is holding offenses to 212 passing yards per game.

September 22, 2019 5:46 PM EST

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