Matt Ryan

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

Joins broadcast booth

Ryan announced via his personal Twitter account Monday that he is joining CBS Sports as an NFL analyst beginning in the 2023 season.

Analysis: Ryan said "this is not a retirement" in the announcement, indicating that he could still be lured back to the NFL field if a team were to make him an intriguing job offer. Of course, now heading into his age-38 campaign, Ryan likely isn't a candidate for more than a backup gig. Through 12 appearances with the Colts last year, he averaged 255 passing yards per game and logged just a 14:13 TD:INT ratio.

May 15, 2023 7:35 AM EST

Healthy scratch again Sunday

Ryan (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 game against the Giants.

Analysis: The veteran signal-caller will once again be left off the game day roster in favor of second-year pro Sam Ehlinger, who'll serve as starter Nick Foles' backup. Barring an injury to either of the two players in front of him, Ryan appears destined for the same status in next Sunday's regular-season finale against the Texans.

Jan 1, 2023 8:51 AM EST

Inactive Monday

Ryan is inactive for Monday night's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: With Ryan officially inactive Monday, Sam Ehlinger will back up Nick Foles in Week 16. Per Stephen Holder of ESPN, the Colts' current plan is to start Foles for the team's final three games.

Dec 26, 2022 3:58 PM EST

Moves down depth chart

Sam Ehlinger will back up Nick Foles versus the Chargers on Monday, with Ryan in line to be the Colts' No. 3 QB in Week 16, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Interim head coach Jeff Saturday announced Wednesday that Ryan would be benched in favor of Foles, and now it looks like the veteran signal-caller will be inactive Monday. It remains to be seen whether Ryan sees any more game action for the 4-9-1 Colts, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, but he's off the fantasy radar for now.

Dec 23, 2022 10:41 AM EST

Won't start this Monday

Nick Foles will start at quarterback for the Colts rather than Ryan on Monday night against the Chargers, JJ Stankevitz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: "I feel like Nick will give us a better chance to win these last three games," coach Jeff Saturday noted Wednesday, when announcing his decision to turn to Foles in Week 16. At this stage, it's unclear whether Ryan or Sam Ehlinger will serve as Foles' backup versus Los Angeles, with Saturday adding that the team's plan at quarterback will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis down the stretch.

Dec 21, 2022 9:20 AM EST

Another historic blown lead

Ryan completed 19 of 33 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 39-36 overtime loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: With Minnesota's offense and special teams imploding in the first half, Ryan didn't have to do much en route to a 33-0 halftime lead, though he chipped in with a one-yard passing touchdown to Deon Jackson in the first quarter. After halftime, a script Ryan has come to know all too well unfolded, as the Vikings tied the game at 36 with 2:15 left in regulation. Minnesota completed the largest comeback in NFL history with a field goal in the final minute of overtime after one last failed drive from Ryan and the Colts. The aging quarterback hasn't thrown for 250 yards in a game since Week 6 as he prepares to face the Chargers on MNF in Week 16.

Dec 17, 2022 2:54 PM EST

Still the starter

Coach Jeff Saturday confirmed on Monday that Ryan will remain the Colts' starting quarterback ahead of Saturday's game against the Vikings, JJ Stankevitz of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: In the Colts' 54-19 loss to the Cowboys in Week 13, Ryan completed 21 of his 37 pass attempts for 223 yards and two TDs, while throwing a trio of picks and losing a fumble in the contest. While the veteran QB has no doubt had his share of turnovers this season, Saturday suggested that the positioning of the signal-caller's receivers, as well as breakdowns in pass protection have been contributing factors to Ryan's ball security issues. In any case, Ryan will look to rebound this weekend following a bye week, while going up against a Minnesota defense that is allowing a league-high average of 287.2 passing yards per game to date.

Dec 12, 2022 3:04 PM EST

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

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