Sacks, drops mar Matt Ryan’s preseason debut

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said in late July that the team’s offensive line was a “work in progress” after a series of additions to the group during the offseason.

It looked like there’s still work to do as Ryan made his preseason debut against the Jets on Thursday night. Ryan was sacked three times and pressured on several other dropbacks over four series of work. Quinnen Williams provided one of those pressures when he bowled over guard Jamon Brown on one play and the Jets first-round pick also drew a holding penalty on Jake Williams on another rush.

When Ryan was able to throw, he looked sharp but his receivers weren’t quite as good. Russell Gage, Brian Hill and Justin Hardy all dropped passes with Hill and Hardy’s drops coming on consecutive throws into the end zone.

Ryan was 10-of-14 for 118 yards overall and will likely get more playing time in next week’s game as the Falcons try to polish up some of the rough spots from Thursday.

4 responses to “Sacks, drops mar Matt Ryan’s preseason debut

  1. Ryan was great tonight, especially with a constantly collapsing pocket. Every incompletion was dropped passes by the receivers; the 2 wide open in the end zone were inexcusable. Defense looked shaky outside Trufant and Grady. Special teams was abysmal. But it is only week 2, so there is still time to improve.

  2. If the Falcons are smart, they’ll hold Ryan out of their game week 1 vs the Vikings. Putting him behind a shoddy oline against the Vikings defense could set their franchise back five years. That’s what happened to us with Rodgers.

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