Harry Douglas Raves About Marcus Mariota and his “Unbelievable Accuracy”

Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota drew praise across the board upon conclusion of the team’s OTAs and minicamp. New Titans receiver Harry Douglas, who played with Matt Ryan for his entire career prior to signing on with the team this spring, reported that Mariota showed “unbelievable accuracy” in practices (via Douglas is not the only one who is...
Via Sportsnaut
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Matt Ryan became “Matty Ice”

He wasn’t always “Matty Ice” to everybody. Going into the 2004 season at Boston College, he was just Matt. He was a young quarterback fighting for a starting job at a mediocre football school. Now he’s a three time pro-bowler with all major passing records in Falcons history. Now he’s the quarterback that has led comeback after comeback for the Falcons and brought a city...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Falcons' QB Depth Behind Matt Ryan

Second-string quarterback is hardly a position that is discussed by fans in the offseason, but if the starter goes down, it becomes the most influential position on the roster in determining the success of the team. Atlanta is prepared to be successful if Matt Ryan goes down with a reliable backup in T.J. Yates.Yates was acquired from the Texans last June and spent 2014 on the Falcons’...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Player Profile: Matt Ryan

View image | Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons QB Ranking: 8 Pros He has a phenomenal arm. He connects on the deep ball often, which can change a fantasy week for you in a matter of minutes. He will play in a dome 10 times this season, which helps with outside factors, such as natural elements. He has a good core of receivers. The Falcons have pass catchers...
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Positional Review: Offensive Tackles

The subpar performance from the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive line in the past two years has led to some changes. The most notable of these changes is the zone-blocking scheme that new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has installed. A zone-blocking scheme means the offensive linemen will all move in a certain direction assigned to block a certain area. This differs from most run...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan threw the best deep ball in the NFL in 2014

The NFL has a few quarterbacks who are known for throwing impressive deep balls, but according to Pro Football Focus, Matt Ryan was the best in the business in 2014. According to the tweet below, the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons led the league in deep passing accuracy. That's a pretty impressive feat, especially when you consider how many accurate and strong-armed quarterbacks...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan, Brees rank in top three most accurate QBs against the blitz

The simple thought of 300+ pound defensive players weighing down on you as you look down the field trying to find an open receiver is pretty scary. At least, it's pretty scary to the normal, everyday fan, but apparently not nearly as much to the likes of Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. The two NFC South signal callers from the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints rank in the top...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan bases most deserving of a Super Bowl 50 win

Seven months from now, the AFC and NFC champs will square off in Super Bowl 50, the golden anniversary for the biggest sporting event in America. On that day, two dedicated fan bases will tune in to root for their team, just like they do every week. But will they be worthy of having their day end on a high note? Or are they a bunch of frontrunners who have simply jumped on the bandwagon...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Patriots treated differently than other teams?

Here is a touchy subject around the league but one that needs to be said. The New England Patriots are treated differently than other teams around the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons have a rogue employee, with the unlikely name of Roddy White, crank up sound in the Georgia Dome. There is no evidence of anyone else being involved, certainly not a marquee player like Matt Ryan. The team looses...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The three most important games on the Atlanta Falcons schedule

The Falcons really can’t afford another year like they’ve had in the last two. This is a win-now organization, especially with talents like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones on their roster. AROUND COVER32 Bold Predictions: Five things that will happen in the AFC West in 2015 Top 10: The NFL’s second-tier kickers All-AFC West Team 2015: Can anyone catch the Broncos? All-NFC South...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Atlanta Falcons have one of the best draft classes of the last decade?

Take a second and think back on the Falcons’ 2006 draft class … You had Matt Ryan and Sam Baker in the first round, Curtis Lofton in the second, and then Harry Douglas, Thomas DeCoud and Kroy Biermann later in the draft, too. That draft produced six full-time starters and a total of 657 games played, and in one year, they went from 4-12 to 11-5. Pretty good, huh? In fact, that...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons Throwback Thursday: Matt Ryan

After a disastrous 2007 season that saw starting quarterback Michael Vick get sent to prison and head coach Bobby Petrino resign mid-season to take a job at the University of Arkansas, the Atlanta Falcons were in need of some stability.In came first-year general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the former director of college scouting for the New England Patriots, and head coach Mike Smith...
Via Pro Football Spot
11 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Power Rankings: How Good are the Falcons?

Once a month, TopSportsReport releases an NFL power rankings article.  Our power rankings serve as a way to measure where each NFL team’s talent level is in relation to the others.  We have just released the June edition of our NFL power rankings article. To find out where Devereaux Frazier ranks Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Desmond Trufant and the Atlanta Falcons, click the link...
Via TopSportsReport
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFL’s top 10 wide receivers

Below are the league’s top ten receivers going into the 2015 season. The interesting conundrum as you view this list is the question of how much these receivers benefit from having elite passers vs. how much worse their quarterbacks would be without them? In some cases it’s clear these could could not put up the same numbers without their “guy” and in others it’s clear...
Via This Given Sunday
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rookie WR Justin Hardy listens to any advice that he can get

Rookie wide receiver Justin Hardy may have been drafted into a situation with quite a bit of competition, but he also landed in a spot with the Atlanta Falcons where he has plenty of talent around him to learn from. With guys like Julio Jones, Roddy White and Matt Ryan all on his side, he's doing everything he can to soak in as much information as possible, according to Andrew Hirsh...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan impressed with Vic Beasley thus far

Vic Beasley is making his presence felt at minicamp for the Atlanta Falcons. So much so, that quarterback Matt Ryan shot some praise in his direction, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of“He’s really showing what he can do,” Ryan told “He’s got great speed off the edge. He’s been working really, really hard. It’s a lot.”It's one thing to get praise...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn optimistic about Falcons 2015 season

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsAfter two disappointing seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons believe they can return to the postseason. Matt Ryan, the Falcons quarterback, is openly optimistic about his Falcons team in 2015. “There’s absolutely no reason we can’t get it done. We feel like that in the locker room, that we’ve just got to get better every day just on daily improvement...
Via Sports-Glory
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan says there's 'no reason' the Falcons can't make the playoffs

The Atlanta Falcons have a new head coach, quite a few new players and a whole different level of excitement heading into the 2015 season. For Matt Ryan, that adds up to plenty of confidence, and for good reason. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, Ryan believes the Falcons should be able to get back into the playoffs this coming season."Ryan was asked Tuesday if there is reason...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan reports progress in learning new Falcons offense

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Now in his third month working with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Matt Ryan believes the Atlanta Falcons have a chance to be special this year. Ryan is getting a good feel for how Shanahan wants to attack even though several parts of the offense are still unsettled. ''Especially when you have a new set of eyes coming in with (quarterbacks...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL QB Rankings: How Good is Matt Ryan?

View image | With the slow period in the NFL right now, the team at TopSportsReport thought it’d be the perfect time to evaluate all of the NFL’s starting quarterbacks.  To do so, John Miceli ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks in order. To find out where John Miceli ranks the guy who will be throwing to Roddy White and Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons quarterback...
Via TopSportsReport
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Julio Jones: I definitely can improve on record season

1,593. This number represents a franchise record of receiving yards set by Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones last season. It would be a massive disgrace to say a performance of that caliber is mediocre, but Jones was not happy with his overall performance last season and is struck on taking his game to a new level this upcoming season. “I definitely can improve,” Jones said...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Roddy White says Falcons 'won't be passing 35-40 times a game'

Kyle Shanahan is in Atlanta now, which means that things may be changing for the Falcons in 2015. While we've seen Matt Ryan throw the ball quite a bit over the past few seasons, that all is expected to change this coming year. At least, if you believe what Roddy White has to say about it.This tweet comes from D. Orlando Ledbetter of obviously loves being a big part...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN really, really doesn’t like the Atlanta Falcons

Apparenlty, ESPN has something against the Atlanta Falcons. They, in cooperation with Pro Football Focus, went through every NFL team and graded their roster, ranking them from first to 32nd. Guess where the Falcons clocked in? 31st! Yes, according to ESPN, the Falcons have the second-worst roster in the entire league, only edging out the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here’s what they...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

SportingNews: Matthew Stafford is the most overrated QB in the NFL

Matthew Stafford has had his up and downs throughout his professional career with he Lions. He also seems to carry a love/hate relationship with the fans of Detroit as Lions fans are either firmly in the camp of Stafford or try and lead the charge to get him out of town. Either way I’m sure we can all agree that Stafford as a pro hasn’t been great nor has he been completely...
Via The Majors Detroit
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the four NFC South starting quarterbacks

There’s been a lot of talk regarding the quarterbacks of the NFC South lately. Jameis Winston was the top pick in the 2015 NFL draft, Cam Newton just signed an extremely lucrative new contract, there was that report that the Saints are worried about a potential Drew Brees decline, and Matt Ryan’s always in the spotlight. With that in mind, we figured we’d rank those four starters...
Via This Given Sunday
28 days ago  |  Discuss
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