Matt Schaub

Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback #8
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback #8

Matt Schaub News

Retained as Matt Ryan's backup

Schaub has secured a spot on the Falcons' 53-man roster as he enters his fifth season as Matt Ryan's backup, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The 39-year-old signal-caller reportedly showed signs of rust during the early stages of an atypical offseason program, but he ultimately rounded into form and demonstrated enough to return for another year as the No. 2 quarterback. In beating out Kurt Benkert for the role, Schaub seems likelier yet to close out his NFL career in the same place it began in 2004. Schaub showed during 2019 that he still can deliver despite 15-plus years of NFL tread on the tires. When called upon for a spot start Week 8 against Seattle as Ryan sat out with an ankle injury, he completed 75 percent of his passes while throwing for 460 yards.

Sep 6, 2020 7:39 AM EST

Bounces back with strong scrimmage

Schaub played well during the Falcons' intra-squad scrimmage Friday, after struggling through parts of training camp to that point, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Schaub was reported to be on the roster bubble earlier in the week, but his performance Friday in the team's final dress rehearsal bodes well for his chances of remaining on the team. The 39-year-old connected on a 76-yard touchdown pass with Juwan Green during the scrimmage's second half, and earlier on in the contest, he found rookie receiver Jalen McCleskey for a third-down touchdown inside the red zone. Third-string quarterback Kurt Benkert was seemingly not as effective, as one of his series led to a punt, while Blidi Wreh-Wilson intercepted him to put an end to another drive.

Aug 29, 2020 7:43 AM EST

On roster bubble

Schaub has gotten out to a shaky start to training camp and has been "frequently throwing behind receivers," D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Atlanta elected to pick up Schaub's $2 million option in late February, but Ledbetter reports that the veteran's performance has been so off to this point in camp, that the team "may be forced to take a look at Benkert with the second team". Schaub's rust may be the result of a slow ramp up to full-contract practices, but the team does have a cheaper, albeit largely unproven alternative at its disposal in the 25-year-old Kurt Benkert. Moving to Benkert as the backup prematurely could prove to be ill advised, however, as Schaub was capable of throwing for 460 yards and a touchdown against Seattle during his lone start of 2019.

Aug 25, 2020 7:07 PM EST

Likely to remain with Atlanta

Schaub is expected to have his $2 million option picked up by the Falcons, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 38-year-old signal-caller logged his first start as a Falcon since 2005 when he took the ball Week 8 against Seattle, as Matt Ryan sat out with an ankle injury. In Ryan's relief that day Schaub put up 460 yards passing, and completed 26 of 31 pass attempts in the second half as Atlanta rebounded from a 24-0 halftime deficit to lose by just seven points, 27-20. Still capable of keeping his team competitive despite having 16 years of NFL tread on his tires, Schaub is expected to remain in the Atlanta QB room for 2020.

Feb 24, 2020 4:44 PM EST

Loses lone start of 2019

Schaub completed 50 of 67 pass attempts for 580 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in six appearances -- including one start -- during the 2019 season.

Analysis: The 38-year-old signal-caller threw a first-half interception and saw his team fall into a 24-0 hole, but led the Falcons back to within striking distance before eventually absorbing a 27-20 loss to Seattle during his lone start of 2019. Schaub had a nightmarish preseason debut in the Hall of Fame Game against Denver Aug. 1, but rebounded nicely over the remainder of the exhibition slate and threw to a 3:1 TD:INT and impressive 74.6 percent completion rate during the regular season. He's under contract for one more season, as third-year quarterback Kurt Benkert looks to give him competition for the backup job in 2020.

Dec 31, 2019 10:39 PM EST

Throws junk-time touchdown

Schaub completed five of nine pass attempts for 55 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The wily veteran hooked up with Calvin Ridley for a touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation, providing a cushion to the box score and delaying the inevitable defeat momentarily. Schaub came in off the bench after Matt Ryan was sacked and stripped on the preceding drive, providing Tampa Bay with a defensive touchdown to put the game out of reach at 35-16 at the 3:06 mark of the fourth quarter. With Ryan set to get the starting nod for Atlanta's Thanksgiving showdown against New Orleans, Schaub will revert to his backup role in Week 13.

Nov 24, 2019 8:14 PM EST

Bounces back in second outing

Schaub completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 172 yards during Thursday's 34-27 loss to Miami.

Analysis: So much for Schaub being washed up. After a nightmarish outing in the Hall of Fame Game in which he completed just four of 14 pass attempts for 10 yards and an interception, the 16-year veteran was effective in leading Atlanta to scores on four of his five offensive drives (excluding a one-play drive just before the half in which Schaub kneeled to run out the clock). A draft-class mate of Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, Schaub believes he can continue to contribute at the highest level of the game. "I love what I'm doing," Schaub said Friday. "The team believes I can do it. That's why I'm here. I still love playing this game."

Aug 9, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Brutal start to 2019

Schaub completed four of 14 pass attempts for 10 yards, with zero touchdowns and one interception during Thursday's 14-10 loss to Denver in the Hall of Fame Game.

Analysis: The 38-year-old signal-caller was relieved by Kurt Benkert (toe) late in the first quarter, but had to be re-inserted into the lineup when his fellow Virginia Cavalier suffered an injury in the fourth quarter. Atlanta's offense was completely stifled when Schaub was under center, as he completed just three of his first 10 passes for minus-two yards, while failing to yield a score of any kind on six offensive drives. Based on each player's performance Thursday night, it appears that Benkert has a puncher's chance to dethrone Schaub for the backup role if capable of quickly recovering from his toe injury.

Aug 1, 2019 10:20 PM EST

Signs two-year extension

Schaub agreed to a two-year contract extension Saturday, the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The veteran backup saw appearances in three games during 2018, but only one of those did he actually attempt a pass. Schaub has started just two games since 2014, so it's fair to suggest this deal likely won't pay the soon-to-be 38-year-old an exorbitant amount of money.

Mar 2, 2019 1:58 PM EST

Throws just seven passes in 2018

Schaub appeared in three games in 2018, throwing for 20 yards on 5-for-7 passing.

Analysis: Schaub hasn't seen extended action since he was the starter in Houston in 2013. The veteran has been a backup the last several years, never seeing any significant time. If he returns in 2019 he'll enter his age-38 season.

Jan 22, 2019 11:31 AM EST

Pitches "perfect game" of sorts

Schaub completed all nine of his pass attempts in a 17-0 loss to the Jets on Friday, closing the night with 54 yards through the air.

Analysis: The wily Schaub was able to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers, but didn't necessarily provide them with space to maneuver in the open field. Schaub averaged six yards per attempt in his first action of the season, well short of the league average for starting quarterbacks from last year (7.1) as well as his personal career average of 7.6 yards per attempt. Fellow Virginia Wahoo Kurt Benkert didn't exactly set the world on fire in his pro debut (nine completions on 17 attempts, 125 yards, one interception), so Schaub remains firmly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback heading into the second week of preseason action.

Aug 11, 2018 5:44 AM EST

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