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They also need to fundamentally change the offense to make it more similar to the Kyle Shanahan O back in the day (more high-percentage throws short-intermediate to the RBs and TE position). This spread O just isn't working and yo have top give Ryan more easy outs, I remember how he used to feed Freeman/Coleman and let the YAC it up, as well as getting Austin Hooper involved a lot. He hardly uses Gurley in the passing game and Hurst (a better athlete/talent than Hooper is) used primarily as a last resort.

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I truly love when OPs go MIA and thread titles become ironic. 

I don't think this guy is a very good fantasy QB.  Backup material at best imo

Steve Sarkisan is going to ruin this guy 

1 minute ago, The Frankman said:

They also need to fundamentally change the offense to make it more similar to the Kyle Shanahan O back in the day (more high-percentage throws short-intermediate to the RBs and TE position). This spread O just isn't working and yo have top give Ryan more easy outs, I remember how he used to feed Freeman/Coleman and let the YAC it up, as well as getting Austin Hooper involved a lot. He hardly uses Gurley in the passing game and Hurst (a better athlete/talent than Hooper is) used primarily as a last resort.

What they are missing is Hooper. The way their offense runs now, all those bailout plays are just not there any more. 

So, I guess I am saying the opposite.  People love Hurst but the proof seems to be in the pudding. Hooper just had a way of making the plays.  Might not pass the eyeball test but he produced. 

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7 minutes ago, Shutout said:

What they are missing is Hooper. The way their offense runs now, all those bailout plays are just not there any more. 

So, I guess I am saying the opposite.  People love Hurst but the proof seems to be in the pudding. Hooper just had a way of making the plays.  Might not pass the eyeball test but he produced. 

Not to turn this into the Hayden Hurst thread... but comparing the route tree and usage says it's a scheme change. Atlanta primarily is using slot receivers (Gage Jr. and Zaccheaus) more in that area Hooper worked in, even running routes in the same area of the field. Maybe it's due to Hurst's unfamiliarity with the playbook, but Hurst definitely isn't being utilized the same way Hooper was in the sense that Hooper was schemed open constantly, especially in the Red Zone.

 

In order to fix Ryan, give him easier throws that use the YAC ability of the talents around him. There's a reason he won MVP passing it to his RBs almost 20% of the time.

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23 minutes ago, The Frankman said:

Not to turn this into the Hayden Hurst thread... but comparing the route tree and usage says it's a scheme change. Atlanta primarily is using slot receivers (Gage Jr. and Zaccheaus) more in that area Hooper worked in, even running routes in the same area of the field. Maybe it's due to Hurst's unfamiliarity with the playbook, but Hurst definitely isn't being utilized the same way Hooper was in the sense that Hooper was schemed open constantly, especially in the Red Zone.

 

In order to fix Ryan, give him easier throws that use the YAC ability of the talents around him. There's a reason he won MVP passing it to his RBs almost 20% of the time.

We are different on the specifics but there's enough moving parts here to see we are in the same neighborhood. The injuries to players on both sides of the ball have dictated changes in how ATL operates and some of it has likely led to the types of examples you have provided. It is definitely not the same animal. 

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Probably unfair but I've had him in redrafts twice. It seems like every time I'm struggling for points overall and hoping he cashes in for me, he'll come up short and throw a pick or turnover on downs. 

Schedule is pretty nice though it appears. Guess I'll just hope a coaching change helps, and pray for Julio's hammy to get better in a hurry.

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Matt Ryan completed 30-of-40 attempts for 371 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Vikings.

Ryan was in an 11-quarter touchdown drought when he found Julio Jones for a first-quarter touchdown. Jones was the missing ingredient for the entire Falcons offense in recent weeks. He adds way more big-play potential and allows more room for ancillary pieces to operate. Ryan's best play was a scramble on 4th-and-1 that resulted in a flick to Jones for a 40-yard run-and catch. When Ryan, Jones, and Calvin Ridley are fully healthy, Ryan can be jammed inside top-12 fantasy rankings. That should be the case at home next week with Detroit traveling south. 

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9 hours ago, Stompin' Tom Connors said:

Like teams more often than not stinking it up on Thursday Night Football, is it now a similar "thing" that you should always start offensive players the game after the coach is fired?

Yes.  Especially when they play against a terrible defense.

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Matt Ryan completed 21-of-30 passes for 281 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in the Falcons' 25-17, Week 8 win over the Panthers, adding six rushes for 27 yards and a touchdown.  

Ryan's first rushing score of the season was just his second since 2018. He has only 10 for his 13-year career. On the 13-yard "rumble," Ryan somehow found the edge and was able to sneak into the end zone ahead of a crawling Troy Pride after the DB fell down. Ryan entered the evening leading the NFL in passing, but tonight was the fourth time in five starts he was held to one or zero touchdowns through the air. That has been killing his fantasy value. Losing Calvin Ridley to an ankle injury isn't going to help, though Ridley has 10 days to get cleared for next week's matchup with the Broncos. With or without Ridley, Ryan will find himself on the QB1/2 borderline for that one. 

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Matt Ryan completed 22-of-39 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Falcons' 43-6, Week 12 win over the Raiders.

Ryan certainly wasn't the reason the Falcons won this one, turning in a pitiful 4.7 yards per attempt while looking mostly lost without Julio Jones (hamstring) in the lineup. Calvin Ridley (6-50-1) was the leading receiver, catching his score from four yards out. Brandon Powell later caught Ryan's second score from four yards out as well. Ryan has truly been horrendous when Julio doesn't play and can't be recommended as a fantasy option outside of two-QB leagues next week when the Falcons host the Saints.

- Rotoworld

 

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2020 Week 14 QB Review: Jalen Hurts' Eagles debut, Drew Lock running out of time in Denver and more

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Another potential lame-duck quarterback is Matt Ryan, who may also be a future trade candidate once a new regime takes over in Atlanta. He’s had a roller coaster of a season, with five games grading at 83.0 or better but now four games grading below 60.0. This weekend’s game against the Chargers saw Ryan post a season-low 52.8 grade to go with five turnover-worthy plays.

 

 

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Matt Ryan completed 34-of-49 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 31-27, Week 15 loss to the Bucs.

It was easily one of Ryan's best games of the season, and he was able to pull it off with Julio Jones (hamstring) out of the lineup. The Falcons took a 17-0 lead into halftime after Ryan hit Russell Gage and Calvin Ridley for five- and 12-yard touchdowns before the break. But the Bucs dominated the second 30 minutes. Ryan's third touchdown was a seven-yard hookup with Hayden Hurst. He had Calvin Ridley for an open second score, but CB Antoine Winfield Jr. made a great play on the ball in the end zone to break it up at the last second. Ryan's 356 yards were his thrid-most of the season, and it was his first 300-yard game since Week 7. It's impossible to trust Ryan outside of two-QB fantasy leagues, but he should be throwing a ton again next week in a road date at Kansas City. The Falcons have no running game whatsoever.

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Matt Ryan completed 29-of-44 pass attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Ryan played well but simply couldn't connect with any of his receivers on deep passes including Calvin Ridley who only went for 52 yards in Week 17. He ends the season with 4,581 passing yards and 26 passing touchdowns. Ryan also punched in his second rushing touchdown of the season on a QB sneak in Week 17. Ryan now has 11 seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. With this Week 17 loss, the Falcons secure the third or fourth overall pick. That means they could be in a position to find their quarterback of the future with Ryan turning 36 years old in the offseason. However, given Ryan sustained track record of success, that seems like an outside possibility at most. Expect Ryan to be the starter for a pass-happy attack once again next year. Although he's a statue in the pocket, his volume and downfield ability will put him at the end of the QB1 conversation for the 2021 fantasy season.

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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are "not going anywhere" this offseason.

The Falcons have the third fewest cap space (-$36.2 million) in the NFL right now, but moving on from Ryan or Jones wouldn't help their situation because of their dead cap numbers. The new coaching staff also probably wants these two around for the next two or so seasons before fully going into the rebuild. Coach Arthur Smith could elevate the Falcons offense if Jones (nine games) can stay healthy and if Ryan avoids falling off a cliff as a 36-year-old. Any speculation that Atlanta is rebuilding in 2021 can be put to bed.

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SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter

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Speaking Thursday, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he would be "completely shocked" if Matt Ryan were not back with the team in 2021, 

It would be a natural time for the Falcons to move on from their soon-to-be 36-year-old statue, but Ryan's trade or release would not help the team in the salary cap department. The Falcons absolutely have to improve Ryan's protection in 2021 after he took at least 40 sacks every season from 2018-20. New coach Arthur Smith is skilled at this sort of scheming, so we would expect the necessary improvement in that department. 

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MATT RYAN QB, ATLANTA FALCONS

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said the team would "bring in" quarterbacks this offseason. 

It's not exactly a stunning admission, but it confirms that the Falcons are rightfully thinking about life after Matt Ryan, who will be 36 in May. Ryan, who is signed through the 2023 season, will count for $40.9 million against the salary cap in 2021, making him an unlikely cut candidate even if the Falcons draft his eventual replacement with the fourth pick in this spring's NFL Draft. "You always bring in quarterbacks," Fontenot said. "You need to bring in quarterbacks, whether it's in the draft, whether it's in free agency, or signing guys off the street. It's so important, bring in quarterbacks a lot, build strengths." Atlanta could sign a serviceable backup for Ryan if they don't take a QB with their No. 4 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, and Tyrod Taylor are among this offseason's free agent signal callers. 

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MATT RYAN QB, ATLANTA FALCONS

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot wants to draft QB Trey Lance with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, while head coach Arthur Smith believes Matt Ryan has at least two good years left. 

"What I’m hearing is that [Terry] Fontenot is more focused on quarterback, and Arthur Smith believes that Matt Ryan does have two or more years left," Mortensen said, citing Ryan's durability as a reason the Falcons might forgo QB with their first rounder. Mortensen said if the Falcons draft a quarterback with the fourth pick, it will be Trey Lance. The mobile Lance, who started 17 games for North Dakota State, would likely sit behind Ryan for at least a year. Intrigue around Atlanta's first round strategy will continue until draft night. 

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SOURCE: Falcoholic.com 

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