Posted 2/04/2021 10:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones are expected to remain with the team in 2021, according to comments made by team owner Arthur Blank during an interview with NFL Network reporter Andrew Siciliano on Thursday, Feb. 4.
'I'd be shocked, completely shocked if (Ryan) is not. It really has nothing to do with his contract. Matt has played at a very high level for us since 2008 when we drafted him. Matt can still play at a very high level so we expect him to be a Falcon next year, fully. Same question was raised regarding Jones and we expect Julio to be a Falcon next year and play at a very high level as well. . . . They'll both be with us,' Blank said.
Huddle Up: Blank also noted that "smart" franchises make transition plans, suggesting the team might consider taking a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft. Ryan's production seemed to take a substantial hit just about every time Jones was sidelined this year despite the presence and continued emergence of Calvin Ridley, although it stands to reason since Jones still commands a great deal of attention from defenses. Ryan should be considered a fantasy QB2 in 2021 drafts, while Jones could very well fall into low-end WR1 territory given his age (turns 32 next week).