Ryan said he's excited to work with Dirk Koetter as his offensive coordinator again, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I learned so much from him the first time around (2012-14), and he's picked up a few different things along the way too," Ryan said Thursday. "We've come up with some really good stuff."
When Koetter served as the Falcons' offensive coordinator between 2012 and 2014, Ryan completed 67.4 percent of his attempts for 4,643 passing yards per season -- notably better numbers than Ryan's 64.4 percent completion rate and 4,099 passing yards per season across his other eight pro campaigns. With Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary drafted in the first round, as well as the additions of veteran guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown via free agency, the offensive line should be much sturdier than it was a year ago when it allowed Ryan to absorb a career-high 108 QB hits. Add in a selection of skill-position players that includes three former Pro Bowlers (Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper) as well an emerging star in Calvin Ridley, and it's easy to envision Ryan remaining a top-flight fantasy quarterback in 2019.
Ryan should benefit from offseason improvements along the offensive line in 2019, the Falcons' official site reports.
Atlanta's brass has shored up the interior with the free-agent signings of left guard James Carpenter and right guard Jamon Brown, who are slated to take over problematic spots. Moreover, blocking tight end Luke Stocker will bolster Ryan's protection. Despite the deficiencies up front last season, Ryan still completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 4,924 yards and 35 touchdowns, numbers which he only surpassed during his MVP campaign in 2016. With Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Calvin Ridley, Devonta Freeman (groin) and Austin Hooper manning the skill positions, Ryan could elevate his output further with the upgrades made in the trenches.
Ryan (wrist) may be afforded more time to throw in 2019 after Atlanta agreed to contracts Wednesday with free-agent guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown.
Often found running for his life behind a shoddy offensive line in 2018, Ryan still managed to throw for 4,900 yards and 35 touchdowns. Neither Carpenter nor Brown put forth an exemplary body of work last season -- they ranked as the Nos. 54 and 62 offensive guards in the league, respectively, per Pro Football Focus -- but both bring experience to the line and will likely step into starting roles immediately. The duo will provide an upgrade at guard, but investing the No. 14 overall pick in April's draft into an offensive tackle remains very much in play for the Falcons.
Ryan (wrist) said that winning a Super Bowl title is what "motivates (him) to get out of bed every morning," Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "It's the No. 1 goal for me," Ryan stressed. "To bring a championship to this city and to our organization, that's what it's all about."
With many analysts having considered Atlanta a legitimate Super Bowl contender entering 2018, the team's 7-9 finish was an utterly disheartening result. In regard to Ryan's fantasy output, however, it was an absolutely magical season as he finished top two in quarterback scoring (standard formats) for the second time in three years. Between Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper, there may not be a more electrifying group of skill players in the NFL, but the team's offensive line certainly needs some work, with head coach Dan Quinn having said that Alex Mack and Jake Matthews are the only two players up front who have a starting role secured heading into 2019. Personnel decisions throughout the offseason will dictate Atlanta's likelihood to make another deep postseason run, but reuniting with former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter bodes well for another statistically prolific season for Ryan. With Koetter leading the offense between 2012 and 2014, Ryan twice logged a top-seven finish among quarterbacks.
Ryan relayed Thursday that a left wrist issue which cropped up Week 17 led to him opting out of an opportunity to go to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
As a result, Mitchell Trubisky got the Pro Bowl nod, but Ryan indicated that his wrist issue is not a concern at this stage. With the offseason ahead to rest his aches and pains, Ryan should be fine by the time the Falcons take the field again. At that time, he'll look to rebuild his chemistry with a skill-position corps that is slated to welcome back its key cogs, though possibly minus running back Tevin Coleman, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Ryan will receive play calls from Dirk Koetter in 2019 after the former Buccaneers head coach was named Atlanta's offensive coordinator Tuesday.
Koetter previously held the same post between 2012 and 2014, during which the Falcons twice finished as a top-eight scoring offense. Over that three-year stretch, Ryan turned in a 86:45 TD:INT with at least 4,600 passing yards each season. Though the Falcons' 2018 season didn't go as planned, it was through no fault of Ryan, who reached the 35-touchdown plateau for the second time in his 11 professional seasons. His reunion with a familiar and proven offensive mind bodes well for his chances to remain a top-five fantasy quarterback in 2019.
Ryan completed 31 of 44 passes for 378 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Falcons' 34-32 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed four times for seven yards and caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Mohamed Sanu on a trick play.
Ryan wrapped up the season in stellar fashion, as the Falcons afforded their offensive stars their normal allotment of playing time. Ryan picked on the vulnerable Buccaneers secondary all afternoon, connecting with Julio Jones on nine occasions for 138 yards and a touchdown and hitting Mohamed Sanu for an additional 90 yards on seven completions. Then, he got in on the fun himself with his touchdown reception, which came early in the third quarter. Ryan finished what was a disappointing 2018 campaign from a team perspective with 4,924 yards and a sparkling 35:7 TD:INT. Atlanta will look to retool some in the offseason and will undoubtedly count on another MVP-caliber season from Ryan to help them bounce back in 2019.
Ryan completed 15 of 26 pass attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers. He also lost a fumble.
Ryan completed just 57 percent of his passes, but some big plays allowed him to average a healthy 9.2 yards per attempt. A large portion of his production came on fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 75 and 44 yards, which proved to be decisive on the scoreboard. Ryan has thrown the ball well over the last three games, posting an 8:1 TD:INT while leading his team to a pair of wins. While the veteran won't be playing in the postseason, his numbers aren't far from those of his 2016 MVP campaign. He'll look to finish strong in Week 17 against the Buccaneers.
Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 40-14 win over Arizona. He added 18 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Atlanta's defense had already found the end zone by the time Ryan punched in the Falcons' first offensive score early in the second quarter with a one-yard plunge. By the time the half was over, Atlanta was riding easy thanks to a 21-yard dime to Julio Jones down the left sideline in the half's closing seconds. Atlanta came into Sunday on a five-game losing streak, but even that sort of bad mojo was righted by a lowly Cardinals team. Though the Falcons' playoff hopes are dead, Ryan should be able to put up solid numbers to close out the season against division foes Carolina and Tampa Bay, teams against which he completed a total of 78.3 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and one interception in Weeks 2 and 6, respectively.
Ryan completed 28 of 42 passes for 262 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Packers.
Ryan's overall statline is solid enough, but he salvaged a relatively poor afternoon with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The veteran quarterback's sixth interception of the season was a costly one, as Bashaud Breeland jumped an Austin Hooper out route for a pick-six in the second quarter to help the Packers eventually build a 34-7 lead. Ryan and the Falcons have now lost five straight games as they get set to host the Cardinals in Week 15.
Ryan completed 16 of 26 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-16 loss to Baltimore. He lost a fumble during the contest and it was returned for a touchdown.
A late touchdown pass to Austin Hooper saved Sunday from total embarrassment, but it's still hard to overstate just how much Baltimore confounded Ryan, a dark-horse MVP candidate, and the Falcons on Sunday. Ryan didn't top 100 yards passing until midway through the fourth quarter, and his 131 yards passing were a career low for a game in which he attempted at least 10 passes. This performance came on the heels of Ryan topping 325 yards in five of his previous six games, but it wasn't completely unexpected considering Baltimore came in as the league's No. 2 defense in terms of opponent passer rating allowed. With Atlanta's back fully up against the wall in Week 14 against Green Bay, Ryan will get an easier matchup against a bottom-10 Packers pass defense.
Ryan completed 35 of 47 attempts for 377 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, adding two rushes for 16 yards during Thursday's 31-17 loss to New Orleans.
Ryan has averaged a staggering 351 passing yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game over his past nine starts, but Atlanta has gone 3-6 over that span as any playoff aspirations are now on life support. The 33-year-old signal caller is on a statistical trajectory similar to his 2016 MVP campaign, with 334.8 passing yards per game and a 26:5 touchdown:interception ratio through 11 outings (319.6 passing YPG and a 26:6 ratio at this point in 2016). Week 13 brings a showdown against a Baltimore defense that is holding opponents to the second-lowest passer rating in the NFL (84.2).
Ryan completed 24 of 34 pass attempts for 291 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Cowboys.
Ryan averaged a respectable 8.6 yards per attempt while completing 71 percent of his passes. He struggled in the red zone at times, but he was able to connect with Julio Jones on a 34-yard touchdown pass to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Ryan's lone turnover was a big one, as it set up a Dallas touchdown, which put them up 10 with time ticking down. He had at least 330 passing yards with 10 touchdowns over his previous four games, and he'll look to get back on track in what should be a high-scoring Week 12 Thanksgiving affair against the Saints.
Ryan connected on 38 of 52 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns while rushing three times for 13 yards and losing one of two fumbles in Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns.
Ryan linked up with Julio Jones for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but he failed to convert on a crucial fourth down from the Cleveland 1-yard line down 28-10 in the fourth. Faced with almost the same exact scenario on the next drive, Ryan found Austin Hooper for a three-yard touchdown. His fantasy performance was probably better than his real-life impact, but Ryan's owners should be just fine with that. Atlanta will host the Cowboys in Week 11.
Ryan spoke glowingly of the Browns defense following practice Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I think they've done a good job in the secondary of making plays and coming up with interceptions," Ryan said. "I've been impressed by what I've seen from them on film."
Through eight games, Ryan owns a 19:3 TD:INT while completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 336 passing yards per game. At the midway point of his 2016 MVP campaign, Ryan had completed 69.2 percent of his attempts with 329 passing yards per game and a 19:4 ratio. Though it's hard to bet against Ryan given the recent form he's displayed, he'll nonetheless face a stiff tests against a Browns defense that leads the NFL with 23 forced turnovers, including 13 interceptions. However, Cleveland's top cornerback, rookie Denzel Ward, is in danger or missing Sunday's game with a hip injury.
Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes for 350 yards, four touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 38-14 win over Washington.
The game was already in hand in the closing moments of the fourth quarter, but Ryan still nailed star receiver Julio Jones on a bubble screen for a 35-yard touchdown, Jones' first of the season. Atlanta's slow start may have masked it, but Ryan is off to an incredible start with a 19:3 TD:INT this season, including just eight touchdowns and one pick during the recent three-game winning streak. Ryan feasted on a solid Washington pass defense Sunday and will take on a Cleveland pass defense in Week 10 that led the league in opponent passer rating before getting eaten up by Patrick Mahomes on Sunday. Things should be easier if Jones is able to build on his late score.
Ryan completed 31 of 39 passes for 379 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 23-20 win over the Giants.
Ryan finished Monday's excellent performance by completing his last 18 passes, tying the longest streak of his career. The quarterback has been on an absolute tear lately, topping 350 passing yards in four of Atlanta's last five games. Over that same span, Ryan has compiled 13 touchdowns versus zero interceptions, with his lone score Monday coming on a 47-yard connection with Marvin Hall prior to halftime. The sizzling signal-caller now enters an untimely bye week, but he'll hope to rediscover his momentum at the Redskins in Week 9.
Ryan completed 31 of 41 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons defeated Tampa Bay 34-29 on Sunday.
So long as the Falcons can stay in playoff contention with Ryan playing at this level, the 10-year veteran is going to mount a legitimate argument to earn his second MVP award in three seasons. Ryan has thrown for 250-plus yards in every game this season, with at least 354 passing yards in three of the past four contests. He also currently has more touchdowns in a four-week span (12) than he's had during any stretch since Week 14-Week 17 of his 2016 MVP campaign. Next come the Giants and a secondary that Carson Wentz recently tore up for 278 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Ryan (foot) wasn't listed on the Falcons' injury report Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
After he was seen taking snaps and throwing passes at Wednesday's practice, Ryan held court with the media, telling D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution his foot was "fine." Clearly, the Falcons' medical and training staffs agree with the quarterback's own assessment. Ryan will now turn his sights on Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers, who have allowed 370 yards passing per game and 13 touchdowns versus just a single interception this season.
Ryan (foot) was present at Wednesday's practice, taking snaps and throwing passes, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In the aftermath of Sunday's 41-17 loss in Pittsburgh, Ryan was seen leaving the X-ray room at Heinz Field, where scans returned negative regarding any fractures in his foot. While practicing Wednesday, Ryan appeared to display deft footwork, but the first Week 6 injury report will reveal whether he was a limited or full participant.
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