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January 4, 2021 11:40 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Set to retire
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday that Schaub will retire from professional football, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

After playing in a lone game with the Falcons during the 2020 season, Schaub will call an end to his 16-year NFL career. The 39-year-old began his career in 2004 in Atlanta as a backup to Michael Vick before being traded to the Texans in 2007, when he received his first opportunity to become a full-time starter. He went on to earn two Pro Bowl nods with the Texans, then moved on to the Raiders and Ravens for one year apiece before returning to Atlanta and spending the past five seasons as Matt Ryan's understudy. Schaub concludes his career with 25,467 passing yards, 136 touchdowns and 91 interceptions to go with four scores on the ground.

September 6, 2020 10:40 AM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Retained as Matt Ryan's backup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

August 29, 2020 04:52 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Bounces back with strong scrimmage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Schaub was reported to be on the roster bubble earlier in the week, but his performance in the team's 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. 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 Benkert to put an end to another drive.

August 25, 2020 11:12 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: On roster bubble
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Atlanta elected to pick up Schaub's $2 million option in 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 look at another second-string option. Schaub's rust may be the result of a slow ramp up to full-contact 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.

February 24, 2020 11:40 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Likely to remain with Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

The 38-year-old signal-caller logged his first Falcons start since 2005 when he took the ball Week 8 against Seattle, with Matt Ryan sitting out due to 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 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.

January 1, 2020 12:28 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Loses lone start of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

The 38-year-old signal-caller threw a first-half interception and saw his team fall into a 24-0 hole during his lone start of 2019, but he led the Falcons back to within striking distance before eventually absorbing a 27-20 loss to Seattle. Schaub is under contract for one more season, but third-year quarterback Kurt Benkert could give him competition for the backup job in 2020.

November 24, 2019 11:20 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Throws junk-time touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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 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.

October 28, 2019 11:56 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Mounts second-half comeback
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub completed 39 of 52 pass attempts for 460 yards, while throwing one touchdown, committing an interception and losing a fumble during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Seahawks.

After a nightmarish first 30 minutes of play, the 38-year-old signal-caller looked like a different man in the second half, completing 26 of 31 pass attempts for 309 yards, while getting Atlanta to within a touchdown in the waning moments after facing a 24-0 halftime deficit. It's likely that Matt Ryan (ankle) will be recovered in time for Atlanta's Nov. 10 matchup against New Orleans, given that he was considered questionable entering Week 8. If Ryan is surprisingly unable to go, however, Schaub would log his second start since 2015 with the Falcons going up against New Orleans' top-15 pass defense.

October 26, 2019 04:20 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Moves into starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub will start Sunday's contest against the Seahawks after Matt Ryan (ankle) was ruled out Saturday.

Schaub has attempted just 16 passes in the last four seasons backing up Matt Ryan in Atlanta, but the 38-year-old looked sharp in last week's relief of the 2008 No. 1 overall pick, completing all six of his passes for 65 yards and a touchdown against a Rams' defense that admittedly was playing with a substantial lead. The Falcons figure to rely heavily on the running game in order to take pressure off Schaub, but considering running back Devonta Freeman is averaging 3.5 yards-per-carry through seven games, it's entirely likely the veteran will be forced to move the ball through the air at some point throughout the contest.

October 24, 2019 05:12 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Preparing for potential start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub has been working with the first-team offense during the Falcons' first two practices of Week 8 in preparation for starting Sunday's game against the Seahawks, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Matt Ryan was sidelined for practices Wednesday and Thursday after suffering a right high-ankle sprain in last weekend's loss to the Rams, putting his streak of 154 consecutive starts in major jeopardy. The 38-year-old Schaub is one of the NFL's more experienced backups, but before replacing Ryan late in the Week 7 game, he hadn't seen any meaningful regular-season action since 2015. More clarity on Ryan's status for Sunday's game should come following Friday's practice, but if Schaub is pressed into the starting role, Atlanta would presumably lean on a more ground-oriented attack if the game script allows for it.

October 21, 2019 11:36 AM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Sees first offensive action of 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub completed all six of his pass attempts for 65 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.

The 38-year-old signal-caller saw his first playing time of 2019 while serving as place holder for the injured Matt Bosher (groin) in Week 6, but on Sunday he attempted his first regular-season pass since Week 5 of last year. He hasn't registered a start since 2015, when he went 1-1 for the Ravens during a two-game stint in relief of Joe Flacco, completing 65 percent of his passes for 270 yards per game and logging a 3:4 TD:INT ratio. Schaub may be counted on in Week 8 if Matt Ryan's MRI (ankle) suggests that he needs to take time to recover. Should Schaub, in fact, be forced into action, he would be leading the Falcons against a Seahawks defense that has allowed just one touchdown pass over the past two weeks, while forcing three interceptions.

August 9, 2019 07:00 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Bounces back in second outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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."

August 2, 2019 06:32 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Brutal start to 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 utterly stagnant 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. It's tough to get an exact read on Schaub since he was working alongside backups for essentially the entirety of Thursday's game, but regardless of who he is surrounded with, repeated performances like these will leave the door open for a rising commodity like Benkert to take his spot. Beat Writer Will McFadden noted that Thursday's outcome raises questions about Benkert's chances of backing up Matt Ryan this season, and reported that coach Dan Quinn was especially pleased with his ability to lead an efficient two-minute drill to close out the first half.

March 2, 2019 05:48 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Signs two-year extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

The veteran backup saw appearances in three games during 2018, but in 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.

January 23, 2019 10:20 AM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Throws just seven passes in 2018
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

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.

August 11, 2018 11:40 AM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Pitches perfect game of sorts
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 and one interception), so Schaub remains firmly entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback heading into the second week of preseason action.

March 9, 2017 12:44 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Re-signs with Falcons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub signed a two-year, $9 million contract with Atlanta on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Schaub returned to the Falcons last season after beginning his career as a backup with the team in 2004. He provides the team with a quality veteran option behind reigning MVP Matt Ryan.

August 19, 2016 01:43 AM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Avoids turnovers in preseason win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub completed eight of 12 passes for 78 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

Schaub completed 10 of 15 passes for 179 yards in the first preseason game, and while Thursday's performance was far less impressive, there's been no indication he's facing any real pressure for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starter Matt Ryan hasn't missed a game since 2009.

March 9, 2016 04:44 PM
Falcons' Matt Schaub: Set to back up Ryan
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Falcons have signed Schaub, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The veteran QB will thus reunite with Kyle Shanahan, who he worked with while both were with Houston, with Schaub now slated to serve as Matt Ryan's backup in 2016.

January 12, 2016 02:58 PM
Ravens' Matt Schaub: Doesn't plan to retire.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Schaub said he does not plan to retire, Jamison Hensley of reports.

The 34-year-old Schaub only had a one-year contract with the Ravens and probably didn't do enough to earn another look. He should still get an opportunity with another organization, but he'll be a long shot to make a final roster, which could eventually lead to his retirement.

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