Posted: 3/16/2021 7:38 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who was due to receive a $23 million base salary in 2021, accepted a $21 million guaranteed bonus that spreads out over the next three seasons Tuesday, March 16.
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).
Posted: 2/02/2021 11:37 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones are expected to be on the roster for the 2021 season. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Tuesday, Feb. 2, the team hasn't had 'any trade conversations' about Ryan or Jones.
Huddle Up: New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is expected to run a similar offense as to the one led by then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Ryan's MVP 2016 season. Jones will be a top value as a mid-to-late WR2 pick and Ryan will be worth a shot as a late-round QB option.
Posted: 1/07/2021 1:56 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones won't be 'off limits' in trades, according to team owner Arther Blank Monday, Jan. 4. 'You cannot hire the very best people you can hire,' Blank said in reference to the team's search for a new general manager and head coach. ' ... and then tie their hands and tell them, well, this person is off limits and that one is off limits and that one.' 'What you're asking them for ... do they have a plan on turning around the franchise sooner rather than later so we're winning in 2021?'
Posted: 1/03/2021 9:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 29-for-44 for 265 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. Ryan also added a rushing touchdown. RB Brian Hill rushed for 94 yards on nine carries and also caught three passes for 42 yards. WR Russell Gage Jr. caught nine passes for 91 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets, WR Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 52 yards on 12 targets and TE Hayden Hurst caught four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown during the game.
Posted: 12/27/2020 8:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 27-for-35 for 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Ryan recorded back-to-back 300 yards games and has five touchdowns in the last two games. He will be facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week but could still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 12/21/2020 12:57 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 34-of-49 passes for 356 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he had one run for 16 yards.
Huddle Up: It was Ryan's best statistical day from a fantasy perspective since he threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns in Week 6 in Minnesota. Fantasy owners in their playoffs who have stuck it out with Matty Ice certainly appreciated the big day. The Falcons travel to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
Posted: 12/14/2020 5:15 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 21 of 32 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Huddle Up: The difference in Atlanta's offense with and without Julio Jones is dramatic, and minus his long-time running mate once again this Sunday Ryan made some bad throws in big spots, including one late that set up LA's game-winning score. With two games against the Bucs sandwiched around a matchup with the Chiefs it's hard to say if Ryan will be playable again this season, whether No. 11 suits up or not.
Posted: 12/06/2020 11:19 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 19-for-39 for 273 yards and one touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.
Huddle Up: Ryan has one of the better receiving corps to work with in the NFL but has only six passing touchdowns in the last five games. He should have some success against the Los Angeles Chargers next week and can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Posted: 11/29/2020 11:37 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 22-of-39 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders and he ran for five yards.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners of Matty Ice were likely a little sad seeing a 43-6 score on the board, then seeing Ryan's stats. They were rather marginal, as the Falcons settled for plenty of field goals and they had a defensive touchdown. Ryan is still a low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints.