Matt Ryan

Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #2
Indianapolis Colts
Quarterback #2
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Traded to Indianapolis

The Falcons are trading Ryan to the Colts for a third-round pick, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

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 NFL 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.

Mar 21, 2022 10:54 AM EST

Featured in trade talks

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 roster at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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 leave behind a larger dead cap charge.

Mar 21, 2022 7:28 AM EST

Reworks contract

Ryan agreed Friday 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.

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.

Mar 12, 2022 7:53 AM EST

Mixed results in loss

Ryan completed 20 of 23 passes for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.

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 salvage the performance with 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 obvious that regardless of Ridley's status, Kyle Pitts will have to emerge as a star pass catcher if Ryan hopes to bounce back next year.

Jan 10, 2022 9:00 AM EST

Pedestrian effort in loss

Ryan completed 13 of 23 passes for 197 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He also rushed twice for seven yards and lost a fumble.

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 has typically made the best of circumstances while learning a new offense and also playing the majority 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.

Jan 2, 2022 2:43 PM EST

Solid, mistake-free in win

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.

Analysis: The veteran certainly didn't conjure up numbers that will send fantasy managers pulses 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 a total of 102 yards. Ryan's overall fantasy upside is perpetually 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.

Dec 26, 2021 2:03 PM EST

Quiet fantasy day in loss

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.

Analysis: The 20 rushing yards were a pleasant surprise (and a new season high) from the immobile Ryan, but they were essentially cancelled out by the lost fumble he suffered at the hands of Nick Bosa in the second quarter. The 49ers harassed the veteran quarterback all game with pressure, 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 of poor performances, but Detroit has been playing some inspired football down the home stretch, slightly dampening what would have been a plus matchup for Ryan's fantasy managers.

Dec 19, 2021 5:41 PM EST

Pedestrian performance in win

Newton 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.

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, with a Week 15 road matchup against the 49ers serving as Ryan's next opportunity to push Atlanta closer to the postseason.

Dec 12, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Strong numbers in loss

Ryan completed 30 of 41 passes for 297 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for two yards and committed three fumbles, recovering two.

Analysis: Working with a Calvin Ridley-less receiving corps once again, Ryan mad the best of what he had to work with by connecting with Russell Gage on 11 occasions for 130 yards. The rest of Atlanta's pass-catching crew turned in modest numbers, but the sum total was enough to leave Ryan just short of his fifth 300-yard effort of the season. The yardage total was still a very welcome sight for fantasy managers after Ryan had failed to top 190 yards in any of his three previous games, and he'll look to keep up the momentum in a Week 14 visit to the struggling Carolina Panthers.

Dec 5, 2021 2:44 PM EST

Pedestrian performance in win

Ryan completed 19 of 29 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 21-14 win over Jacksonville. He added six yards on four rushing attempts.

Analysis: Cordarrelle Patterson gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead with a pair of rushing touchdowns, so Ryan wasn't called upon to do too much. The veteran quarterback found Russell Gage for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but Ryan was held to fewer than 200 passing yards for the third consecutive game, and his second-quarter interception dropped his TD:INT to 1:5 over this poor stretch. Unless top wide receiver Calvin Ridley (personal) comes back from the reserve/non-football injury list, Ryan will be tough to trust in Week 13, even against the beatable Buccaneers secondary.

Nov 28, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Stifled with short-handed offense

Ryan completed 19 of 28 passes for 153 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Falcons' 25-0 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night. He was replaced by Josh Rosen with 1:40 remaining in the game.

Analysis: Ryan scuffled badly through the air for the second time in five days, with the fact he was missing key contributor Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle) adding to the misery of an offense already without Calvin Ridley (personal). The veteran quarterback spread the ball around to seven different pass catchers as a result, but he was held to just 5.5 yards per attempt and sacked four times overall. Ryan got up limping after one of those takedowns and had his right foot examined, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, but he remained in the contest and was removed late simply due to the score being out of reach. With some much-needed extra down time on tap, Ryan will aim for a resurgence in a Week 12 road matchup against the Jaguars a week from Sunday.

Nov 18, 2021 8:18 PM EST

Stymied in defeat

Ryan completed just nine of 21 pass attempts for 117 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 43-3 blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Ryan was the victim of a ferocious defensive effort from a Cowboys unit determined to expunge last week's upset loss to the Broncos from its memory. The veteran quarterback failed to establish any sort of rhythm and found his team down by 33 points at halftime. Head coach Arthur Smith finally pulled the plug on this lopsided affair in the second half, bringing in backup Josh Rosen to ride out the remaining clock. Ryan has alternated strong and poor performances in the four weeks since Atlanta's bye, and he will have to overcome a stingy New England defense Thursday in order to continue that trend.

Nov 14, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Season-high passing yardage in win

Ryan completed 23 of 30 passes for 343 yards and two touchdowns while adding eight yards and a touchdown on five rushing attempts in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Neither offense got much going for most of the first half until Ryan gave the Falcons a 10-0 lead with a three-yard touchdown pass to Olamide Zaccheaus just a few seconds before halftime. Ryan added his first rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter, going in untouched on a bootleg from one yard out. He found Zaccheaus for another touchdown in the fourth, this time from six yards out to take a 24-6 lead. The Saints responded with 19 unanswered points, but the veteran quarterback calmly worked the Falcons into field goal range to win it and avoid another infamous Atlanta collapse. Ryan topped his previous season high in passing yards by one and has compiled a solid 15:6 TD:INT heading into a Week 10 trip to Dallas, with multiple touchdown passes in all but one of his last seven games.

Nov 7, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Struggles without top wideout

Ryan completed 20 of 27 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions during the Falcons' 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: After throwing for 1,504 yards and 12 touchdowns over his last five games, Ryan struggled Sunday with Calvin Ridley out for a second time in three games for personal reasons. The 36-year-old quarterback was still efficient, but Atlanta's offense lacked big plays, as the Panthers did whatever they could to take away Kyle Pitts. On the Falcons' only touchdown drive, Ryan connected on five passes to five different receivers, including a 15-yard touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson. It's unclear how much time Ridley misses, but without its star wideout, the Falcons offense may not be potent enough to rely on Ryan as a top fantasy option.

Oct 31, 2021 5:33 PM EST

Leads rousing comeback win

Ryan completed 25 of 40 passes for 336 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. He also netted zero yards on three rushes and lost a fumble.

Analysis: The veteran signal-caller had a bit of a rollercoaster performance, but Ryan ultimately came through when it mattered most by leading a game-winning nine-play, 57-yard drive that culminated in a Younghoe Koo 36-yard field goal. Ryan's fumble at his own 35-yard line with 6:30 remaining and the Falcons hanging on to a six-point lead could have easily made him the goat after that turnover led to a Dolphins touchdown, but he ensured that wasn't the case with two big completions to Kyle Pitts totaling 51 yards to kick off the final possession. Ryan also threw multiple touchdowns for the fifth straight contest and hit the 300-yard threshold for the second time on the campaign, making it an all-around fantasy-friendly effort. Ryan will look to keep carrying the momentum over into a Week 8 home battle versus the Panthers.

Oct 24, 2021 1:51 PM EST

Dissects Jets' secondary

Ryan completed 33 of his 45 pass attempts for 342 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Analysis: Ryan topped 40 pass attempts for the third time this season, though he averaged a campaign-best 7.6 yards per attempt. He did so in the absence of Calvin Ridley (personal) and instead relied primarily upon rookie Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson. Ryan has now thrown for multiple touchdowns in four consecutive games and has topped 250 yards in three of his last four contests. The Falcons now head into their Week 6 bye but will return for a Week 7 matchup against Miami.

Oct 10, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Tosses four TDs in losing effort

Ryan completed 25 of 42 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 34-30 loss to Washington. He added 17 rushing yards on his lone carry.

Analysis: It was arguably the best performance of the season so far for the veteran quarterback, as Ryan connected with his new favorite target, Cordarrelle Patterson, for three of his TDs. Unfortunately, the Falcons defense couldn't slow down Taylor Heinicke when it counted. Ryan is putting up solid numbers via volume, but he's averaged less than 7.0 yards per attempt in every game this season, and his lack of downfield success has suppressed the production of players like Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts. A Week 5 tilt at home against the Jets could give the Atlanta passing game a chance to stretch the field a little more, however.

Oct 3, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Throws two touchdowns

Ryan completed 27 of 36 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Giants. He also was sacked three times and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Ryan set a milestone with his 350th career passing touchdown, a four-yarder to Olamide Zaccheaus in the second quarter. Although the signal-caller also was stripped and nearly threw an interception in the end zone Sunday, his one-yard touchdown to Lee Smith and subsequent drive for the game-winning field goal overall made for an enjoyable, comeback performance. The 36-year-old will now turn his focus to Week 4's matchup against a Washington defense reeling from surrendering four passing touchdowns.

Sep 26, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Hits 300 yard-mark in loss

Ryan completed 35 of 46 passes for 300 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in the Falcons' 48-25 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also gained three yards on two rushes.

Analysis: In a game script that's likely to replicate itself often for the Falcons this season, Atlanta was forced to keep its foot on the gas through all four quarters, leading to a fantasy-friendly day for Ryan in the loss. The veteran was able to connect with Calvin Ridley and Cordarrelle Patterson for his pair of scores, but he also short-circuited the Falcons' final chances for a comeback by throwing a pair of pick-sixes to Mike Edwards in the fourth quarter. The learning curve of Ryan and his offensive teammates with head coach Arthur Smith's system is likely to shorten by the week, and a Week 3 matchup against the vulnerable Giants could lead to a big step forward .

Sep 19, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Underwhelming Week 1 effort

Ryan completed 21 of 35 passes for 164 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Falcons' 32-6 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. He also rushed twice for eight yards.

Analysis: Playing the first official game of the post-Julio Jones era of his career, Ryan generated a rather sobering result in the blowout loss. The much ballyhooed connections with Calvin Ridley and rookie fourth overall pick Kyle Pitts never really materialized, either; while Ryan did connect with the duo on nine occasions, it was only for a total of 82 yards and no touchdowns. Ryan also took three sacks and was hit on nine occasions overall, a potentially foreboding sign for what may be to come for the Falcons offense this season. Ryan will look to dust himself off in time for a tough Week 2 road matchup against the Buccaneers.

Sep 12, 2021 2:21 PM EST

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