Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/2/12

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons lines up for a play during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at the Georgia Dome on October 18, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The term "elite" seems to be thrown around far too often in the NFL. This quarterback, that running back, plenty of players have the chance to reach that coveted status among the best in football. But only a select few ever truly reach that peak during their careers. This season, there are a handful of players inching ever closer to claiming that coveted reputation. Right at the head of that class, though, stands Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan, who was hyped as an NFL-ready quarterback coming out of Boston College in 2008, showed promise of achieving his lofty expectations during...
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