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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:57:51 -0700
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said the team's goal coming into the year was to put up 30 points per game. Since 2004, 12 teams have averaged 30 or more points per game, and those teams combined for a record of 155-37. Only one of those teams, the 2004 Kansas City Chiefs, failed to make the playoffs. The Falcons' highest average with QB Matt Ryan was 26.2 in 2002, when they finished 13-3.
Fantasy Tip: The Falcons could find it hard to top 30 points against a nasty Cincinnati Bengals defense in Week 2, especially without tackle Jake Matthews. Temper your expectations a bit for Ryan and company after they put up points in bunches against the New Orleans Saints.
Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:55:39 -0700
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for a team record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 1 overtime win against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Sept. 7. He also eclipsed the team record for career touchdown passes (156), surpassing Steve Bartkowski (154).
Fantasy Tip: Matty Ice put a smile on the face of his FantasyScore owners in Week 1, as he wasn't close to the most expensive option, but he certainly was the most productive. However, going forward his salary might rise substantially, so he might not be as good of a value.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:42:08 -0700
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (knee) was wearing a brace on his left knee Monday, Aug. 4.
Fantasy Tip: The brace is probably just a precautionary measure. Ryan is a QB1 as long as he's healthy.
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.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:22:30 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan have agreed on a five-year contract extension that is worth $103.75 million. The deal includes $59 million guaranteed, and he'll earn $63 million in the first three years. The annual average value of the deal is $20.75 million.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:12:51 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are in the final stages of completing a five-year contract extension worth over $100 million.
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:35:55 -0700
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he believes the team can have a perfect offense after adding RB Steven Jackson this offseason. "Obviously, we're led by [QB Matt Ryan]," Gonzalez said. "With him pulling the trigger, with [WR Roddy White], [WR Julio Jones], myself, we're going to try and soften up that defense a lot where they got to stand back and play off us a little bit. That is going to make big holes for a guy like Steven Jackson, and we should hopefully go out there and be the perfect offense."
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:35:05 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons continue to talk to QB Matt Ryan about a contract extension.
Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:07:51 -0700
An Atlanta Falcons team official indicated the contract extension Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford recently signed will not greatly affect the team's contract extension talks with QB Matt Ryan. The Falcons already had an idea about how much it would take to sign Ryan.
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 08:26:50 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to sign QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension in the next month or so. Ryan likely will receive $20 million per season in his next contract.
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:21:43 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan both would like to extend the quarterback's contract, but an agreement has not yet been reached. However, casual talks are ongoing, with the expectation that things will heat up after the July 4 holiday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:23:33 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons could look to add a veteran backup quarterback during the preseason because the only players they have behind QB Matt Ryan are QBs Dominique Davis, Sean Renfree and Seth Doege.
Sun, 26 May 2013 09:32:37 -0700
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he would like the team to sign QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension as soon as possible. There is no timetable for when the team will get a deal done.
Fri, 17 May 2013 11:47:20 -0700
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team is confident that they will be able to sign QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension but there is no timetable to get one done.
Thu, 02 May 2013 08:07:33 -0700
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan reportedly could sign a contract extension by the start of training camp. The Falcons want to retain Ryan for the long term and he wants to stay in Atlanta. The parameters are in place for a potential Ryan extension after Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco both inked new deals.
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:45:22 -0700
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team will hold off on the contract extension talks with QB Matt Ryan until after the 2013 NFL Draft. Dimitroff said there is no timetable for a deal but is confident an agreement will be reached.
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:24:54 -0700
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff indicated Friday, April 5, that the team is hopeful they can work something out with QB Matt Ryan in terms of a new contract. "(Matt Ryan) isn't worried about it right now because he knows there is something around the corner, as we do. I am hoping that we can agree to something going into the season," Dimitroff said.
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 06:19:35 -0700
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan leads the NFL with 22 fourth-quarter and overtime comebacks since 2008, when he entered the league.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:42:47 -0700
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is awaiting Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' deal before agreeing to a long-term extension himself. Ryan is expected to try to slot between Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Rodgers, perhaps roughly $22 million per season.
Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:00:08 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is entering the last year of a $72 million contract, and could be the next quarterback to join the $100 million dollar club with his next contract. Baltimore Raven's QB Joe Flacco's new contract is a comparable for Ryan's next deal, according to Andrew Brandt of ESPN. "It's yet another comparable and data point for Matt Ryan," said Andrew Brandt, ESPN's NFL business analyst and former chief negotiator for the Green Bay Packers. "The gold standard was Drew Brees, at least on the average at $20 million (per season). Now, you have $20.1 million. It's certainly a place they could look at as the freshest data point."
Sat, 02 Mar 2013 04:58:12 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons' decision to release RB Michael Turner, DE John Abraham and CB Dunta Robinson could have been made, in part, with QB Matt Ryan's next contract in mind. Ryan is scheduled to head into the final season of his contract in 2013, and the team wants to sign him to a long-term deal this offseason. Ryan will likely cost $15 million to $20 million a season.
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:07:10 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (shoulder) has recovered from the separated shoulder he suffered in the NFC Championship Game, and he is now lifting weights and no longer in the rehab protocol. Ryan should be good to do everything when the offseason program begins April 12.
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:24:52 -0800
While Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will be pursued for a contract extension this offseason, the front office's top priority is convincing TE Tony Gonzalez to stave off his expected retirement for one more season.
Fantasy Tip: Barring a major injury, Gonzalez should once again be a strong fantasy football contributor if he indeed returns. Stay tuned.
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:46:36 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said QB Matt Ryan (shoulder) has recovered from the sprained AC joint he suffered during the NFC Championship game. Smith said Ryan started working out in the weight room this week.
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:42:17 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons could consider signing QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension this offseason in order to create salary cap space for next season.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:06:00 -0800
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (shoulder) is expected to wear a sling for around 10 days and is facing a four-week rehab for his Grade 2 AC joint sprain.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:29:15 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said QB Matt Ryan (shoulder) will not need surgery on the sprained shoulder he suffered in the NFC Championship game. Smith said Ryan would have been ready to play if the team made Super Bowl XLVII but will not play in the Pro Bowl.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:56:55 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (shoulder) left the team's building Monday, Jan. 21, with his left arm in a sling. He is expected to address the media later in the day.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:21:54 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said the offense became more conservative in the second half of the NFC Championship Game, particularly taking less shots downfield. Ryan was outstanding throwing downfield in the first half, completing 11 passes on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 05:20:06 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan set a franchise single-game postseason record with his 396 passing yards in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:32:10 -0800
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Matt Ryan (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He suffered the injury in the second half of the NFC Championship Game loss against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 20. Ryan will not require surgery for the injury, and the team is waiting to see if he'll still need an MRI Monday, Jan. 21.
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:17:35 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (collarbone, shoulder) suffered an injury to his left collarbone or shoulder in the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. He will have an MRI Monday, Jan. 21, to determine the extent of the injury.
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:50:14 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons have had internal discussions about the possibility of signing QB Matt Ryan to a new contract.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:44:45 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was 8-of-12 passing for 87 yards and three touchdowns when using playaction in the team's NFC Divisional Round win. That's the second-most completions and the most touchdowns for Ryan on those plays in a game this season.
Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:20:14 -0800
Updating a previous report, in his fourth career playoff start, Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan recorded his first victory. He was forced to lead a fourth quarter comeback, steering the team to a game-winning field goal. He now has more fourth quarter or overtime comebacks - 22 - than any other quarter back in his first five seasons since 1966.
Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:03:59 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 24-for-35 for 250 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round playoff game.
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:06:06 -0800
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has been more productive on the road this season. At home, Jones had 31 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns. On the road, however, he caught 48 passes for 751 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones' success on the road may very well be linked to QB Matt Ryan, who has also been more effective away from the Georgia Dome.
Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:01:32 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons have a 33-6 record at home with QB Matt Ryan as their starting quarterback; statistically, however, Ryan has performed better on the road in 2012. Ryan has thrown for 2,566 yards on the road this season with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions, in addition to completing 72 percent of his passes. At home, Ryan has thrown for 2,153 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions, completing 65.1 percent of his passes.
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 08:25:06 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 33-6 in home starts, including the postseason.
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 07:55:03 -0800
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan owns a record of 0-3 in the postseason.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:10:21 -0800
Although Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he is 95 percent certain of retiring at season's end, QB Matt Ryan remains hopeful Gonzalez will play another year. "I've been lobbying the entire season," Ryan said. "He's playing at such a high level that he's physically capable of coming back. But the biggest thing is it's got to be a good decision for him and his family. Whatever he decides I'll support him in that, and I'm just thankful that I've had the four years I've had with him."