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Thu, 08 May 2014 17:43:54 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons selected Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: Protection for Matt Ryan: He was already a fine rebound candidate with Julio Jones (foot) on track to return, so now that the QB will have more time to throw, fantasy owners should bump him up.
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:42:50 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. "I feel like we've lost our way," Smith said Tuesday, April 22. "I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage."
Smith said the team was hurt last season by a lack of strength and size up front. They ranked last in rushing, and QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times.
Fantasy Tip: If the team is able to shore up the offensive line, Ryan might re-emerge as a top fantasy option after a trying season. While he loses Tony Gonzalez as a reliable target, he is expected to have healthy targets in Julio Jones and Roddy White. As long as that dynamic duo is healthy, and the protective is improved, Ryan is a Top 10 fantasy option.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:24:39 -0700
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will receive $15 million Monday, March 31, as a deferred payment from his 2013 signing bonus.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:06:37 -0800
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said if you try to force picking a quarterback at a certain point in a draft, you can make a mistake. "In today's day and age, if you can't get Peyton Manning or Matt Ryan, and they might not be available for the next 10 or 15 years, then you have to adapt and build the roster and do what's best for the organization," Caldwell said. "And if a quarterback presents itself later in the draft, you take and develop him. Having a franchise guy makes the world a lot easier, though. It can erase a lot of mistakes you make. But if you force it, you can screw it up. I don't know if we're going to find that guy, but I hope we do."
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:27:55 -0800
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez recently said that Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn't an elite quarterback in the NFL. "Matt's an excellent quarterback. But he's not elite. He's this close," Gonzalez said.
Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:04:40 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he is feeling good, despite the number of hits he has taken this year.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:10:54 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith praised the poise of QB Matt Ryan in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills. He was sacked a season-high six times, and Ryan was hit nine times, but he was still able to make big plays when it counted. He finished with 311 passing yards and one touchdown. "I thought Matt did a nice job," Smith said Monday, Dec. 2. "He was under some pressure. There were a couple of no-hitters. When I say no-hitters, there were basically unblocked guys that came. We had an identification on one. We had a mental error on another." Ryan has been sacked a career-high 30 times this season. His previous high was 28 in 16 games last season.
Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:26:33 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has thrown seven interceptions the past two weeks, after being picked off only three times in the first six games of the season.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:59:33 -0700
Oakland Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor has posted a passer rating of 97.6, which ranks behind only Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan. His completion percentage of 68.3 trails only Manning, Rivers, Romo, Brees and Ryan, and he has a 72.7 completion percentage in the pocket, which is fourth-best in the NFL. "His mechanics have really improved," head coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday, Oct. 9. "He's got a good presence in the pocket, yet can get out and make plays. He's always been a great athlete, but he's getting better as a quarterback."
Fantasy Tip: Pryor has emerged as a low-end No. 1 fantasy option in most leagues of 12 or more teams. He has surprised more than any other fantasy quarterback to this point, as far as success. There are plenty who have surprised by being disappointing.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 23:34:13 -0700
New Orleans Saints DL Brodrick Bunkley (leg) and Tyrunn Walker (leg) left New Orleans' regular-season opener Sunday, Sept. 8, against the Atlanta Falcons with leg injuries. Team officials listed both as questionable to return at the time. Bunkley injured his right leg when he appeared to be tangled up on a short running play. Shortly before the half ended, Walker got caught in a pile and appeared to hurt his left knee as teammate Junior Galette sacked Falcons QB Matt Ryan.
Fantasy Tip: In leagues with individual defensive players, you may want to consider Akiem Hicks, Tom Johnson or John Jenkins in that order. These three figure to benefit if these injuries cost Bunkley or Walker a chunk of playing time.
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