Matt Ryan has the offense ready for takeoff

Falcons offensive lineman (72) Sam Baker gives quarterback Matt Ryan some protection blocking out Jaguars (74) defensive end Aaron Kampman during a controlled scrimmage in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons offensive lineman (72) Sam Baker gives quarterback Matt Ryan some protection blocking out Jaguars (74) defensive end Aaron Kampman during a controlled scrimmage in Flowery Branch. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was pretty sharp during the Tuesday morning practice with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He was particularly effective in the redzone period.

“I think as a team, we are definitely getting better,” Ryan said. “Offensively and defensively, you can see that guys are starting to get the rhythm back. It’s good to see.”

Ryan and the rest of the starting offense are not slated to play much against the Kansas City Chief in the exhibition season opener at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Georgia Dome. Last season in the exhibition season opener against Detroit,

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan points out defensive coverage as the Falcons lineup against the Jacksonville Jaguars for combined practice/controlled scrimmage in Flowery Branch on Monday, August 10, 2010. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan points out defensive coverage as the Falcons lineup against the Jacksonville Jaguars for combined practice/controlled scrimmage in Flowery Branch on Monday, August 10, 2010. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Ryan played two series. He completed 5 of 7 passes for 33 yards before turning the proceedings over to Chris Redman.

Ryan’s first drive ended with a punt and his second ended with a 40-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner. The Falcons lost that game 27-26 to Detroit.

The starting offense wants to have a crisp outing against the Chiefs.

“I think offensively, we’ve been doing a good job,” Ryan said. “We’ve been getting better. We’ve been working on some things, some areas where we feel like we need a lot of improvement.

“I think we have been getting better. You are going to have some mistakes in camp for sure, but you’ve got to try to figure out what you can and can’t do. I think we’ve been doing a really good job of that.”

Ryan was asked what three things he hopes to improve on this season.

1. “First and foremost it is always your fitness, getting your conditioning to where you need to be for the entire year.

2. “As far as throwing and decision making, throwing routes that go from right to left a little bit better than I did last year. . . . really with my footwork

3. “And decision making. I think it’s about making good decisions on first and second down. Being better on first and second down.

“Those are kind of target areas that I’ve looked at and worked on this offseason and I feel like I’ve gotten better at.”

The footwork was an issue because he had to throw off a bad turf toe late last season.

“I wasn’t running around a ton at the end of the year with the toe,” Ryan said. “I think anytime you have a foot injury you have to go back to basics and really make sure that you are really on top of your footwork. You have to make sure that your feet are in the right spots.”

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blord

August 10th, 2010
4:00 pm

good article

waynester

August 10th, 2010
4:04 pm

If you want some non-homer evaluation of Ryan’s performance(no offense, DLed) check out the Jags’ homepage where they were literally gushing over his performance compared to Garrard. Ryan said he had some new wrinkles to his game that we’d see this season and I can’t wait!

Bird Dog

August 10th, 2010
4:06 pm

Football Maniac

August 10th, 2010
4:10 pm

I tell you what.. just reading this gets me even more excited about the Falcons this season. I’ve already got a party lined up for KC on Friday night.. and that’s just a pre-season game! Waynester.. Thanks for the tidbit I’ll have to check that out! GO FALCONS!!!

Ryder

August 10th, 2010
4:12 pm

Thanks for the report DLed.

waynester thanks for the heads up. I checked out the link at http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=9136

It’s always interesting to see how others view Matt Ryan’s progression.

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blord

August 10th, 2010
4:26 pm

Thanks waynester and Ryder! It is good to read another perspective on our team and qb. As Falcon fans it appears that we have a team that we can hopefully be proud of this year.

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
4:32 pm

Yea good job guys and that was an interesting read. I wish Ryan had mentioned his accuracy on the long throws as an area that needs improving. It’s his biggest weakness thus far imo. We got a fine QB so I am not overly worried. What a refreshing thing to have the leader of our team be such a hard worker.

Reggie

August 10th, 2010
4:44 pm

Umm… i just read that Jaguar view of the Falcons and the thing that stood out to me was “they had there way with the Falcon defense”. I guess nobody read that part because im the only one who mentioned it.

Ray

August 10th, 2010
4:52 pm

This is our year!!! Go Falcons!!!

Scott Case

August 10th, 2010
4:55 pm

This doesn’t mean much. I’m not putting any stock into how anybody does in a training camp scrimmage.

PaulieOldSchool

August 10th, 2010
5:22 pm

I don’t know about y’all, but I am sick to death of reading about drops by our WR. White dropped a sure TD today, and at least one other ball. How is it that people making this kind of money, don’t have crap else to do but play a freakin’ game, and can’t make a catch on a not difficult, albeit deep ball. It’s one thing to run out of field. It’s another thing to have the damn thing in your HANDS and drop it!!! WTF??? Maybe some fines are in order here, at least for game situations. This people can’t have enough pride in their performance, how about lightening their wallets a little?

PaulieOldSchool

August 10th, 2010
5:24 pm

BTW, thanks for the link to the Jags’ page. Good article, and nice to read good things about our offense, except for Roddy (grrrrhh…). I am not worried about the defense at all.

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
5:28 pm

someone needs to tell ryan that last year is over and he can drop the phantom turf toe excuse. did y’all really lose to the LIONS in preseason last year???????????

JEM

August 10th, 2010
5:38 pm

Sounds like White needs to hold on to the ball. 2 drops. One would have been a touchdown.

DJ Sniper

August 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

Hiram, I don’t get the idea that Ryan is using his turf toe as an excuse, however, footwork is very important for a QB, and having a bad toe did affect that. Even though his toe wasn’t 100%, he still finished 2009 by leading us to 3 straight wins.

Also, while preseason is somewhat important, it’s not a 100% accurate barometer as to how you will do in the regular season. I remember the Redskins going 4-0 in the preseason the first year that Steve Spurrier was their coach, and we all know how that turned out. The Lions did the same thing recently, and they went on to stink up the joint as well. On the flipside, I’ve seen other teams lose all 4 preseason game, yet go on to have a great regular season.

PaulieOldSchool

August 10th, 2010
5:41 pm

Hiramsaint, what is up with you? Why are constantly on this blog? I know they have a newspaper in NOLA, I know at least some people there can read, why aren’t you on your team’s blog? Are you really that paranoid about our Falcons, or are you so much a loser that even the Saints threw you off their blog? Please leave. Troll.

IceColdATLien

August 10th, 2010
5:45 pm

really just more of the same bland cliche-speak

E-Roll

August 10th, 2010
5:59 pm

Reggie –

I was there this morning and Jacksonville was not moving the ball much at all against our defense. Now of course the players were not going all out but Brett Grimes broke up at least three passes that I saw and Sean Weatherspoon made a few good plays including a teeth rattling hit on one of the Jags running backs. Bierman had a couple of good pushs through the Jacksonville line and Stephen Nicholas made a couple of hits in their back field. Now of course I am a homer and may have been looking through rose colored glasses but I thought that the defense did better against the Jaguars then the offense.

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
6:01 pm

Why is Matt still talking about his turf toe? Surely Mr. Hiramsaint has enough football knowledge to know just how bad a turf toe can be. It’s only the third most common injury in all athletes. Surely Mr Hiramsaint knows that a lingering turftoe injury can develop into a career-ending arthritic condition known as hallux rigidus. I’m sure since he showers us with all his wisdom and insight that Mr. hiramsaint knows that you can’t push of on the foot with turf toe which greatly effects your mobility and can effect a QB’s ability to work on his footwork. And lastly I would love for Mr Hiramsait (the most smartest man of football knowledge on this blog) to call Deion Sanders and Jack Ham and ask them about the “Phantom turf toe excuse” that ended their hall of fame career.

SeenThisB4

August 10th, 2010
6:09 pm

So, falcant fans take solace in the reviews from Jaguars beat writers. Jaguars.

Does it really need to be diagrammed?

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 10th, 2010
6:26 pm

Scott Case — That’s why you’re a Pro!!!!

Waynester
— No problem. Garrard throws a nice ball.

Ryder — Thanks for the link.

alanfalcon

August 10th, 2010
7:05 pm

Do you not understand, pay no attention to the idiots and they will go away. THEY ARE IDIOTS, THEY ARE IDIOTS, THEY ARE IDIOTS.

GO FALCONS AND GO SOUTHERN RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
7:17 pm

thats my point. there was no turf toe. it was an elaborate scheme so matty slush wouldn’t be embarassed by vick when he came back to the ga. dome.surely mr. mikey jay can figure that out. it was a good scheme too, as it turned out you know. then majically it heals 2 weeks later but says matty slush ” i can use it as an excuse and still play”.. and yes i know that preseason is what it is , i just said that to annoy everyone.

waynester

August 10th, 2010
7:18 pm

Mike Jay
Amen on Jack Ham. One of the toughest to ever lace up a pair of cleats–obviously hiramsaint has never suffered from any sports-related injuries or he’d probably come on here and “act like somebody”…
ERoll
Thanks for the additional perspective on the scrimmage–we learn a lot more from multiple observers–keep those reports comin’….

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
7:20 pm

paulie old school- nuttin’- whats up wit you. i would leave but the fishin’ here is just to good and y’all are to e-z to catch….ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.POP, reelin’ ‘em in

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
7:27 pm

you are right mr waynester. i’ve managed to stay in shape and when i did play ball- many moons ago-i knew where my feet were and where they were gonna go. actually waynester, ham didn’t lace his cleats due to the pads he wore . a trainer did it for him but i knew what you meant. hey mr mikey jay was right about my football knowledge. i never really considered it ’till you brought it up …many thanx

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
7:29 pm

@alanfalcon- we’ll always be here. we’re never leaving and theres more coming

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
7:34 pm

shame on the falcons

August 10th, 2010
7:36 pm

So I knew Ryan was not a QB. He’s an airline pilot now ,right?. You better hope he can direct the plane better than he directed the football last year-or today!

what

August 10th, 2010
7:45 pm

DLed, your blog has turned into a yawn with the aints goofs you allow on the board. Going over to the cage. Falcon fans that’s the blog we should support. Leave DLed with his aint buddies.

ray nagin

August 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

Saints fans Katrina kick your asses!

Reid Adair

August 10th, 2010
8:00 pm

Great information, DLed. Thanks – as always.

ray nagin

August 10th, 2010
8:01 pm

hiramsaint the only ball you played was in prison. The prison is called New Orleans.

shame on the falcons

August 10th, 2010
8:08 pm

wow ray- no….please stop taunting me….i can’t take your wit anymore. anyway- sound like you know alot about prison and balls.hmmmmmm.yeah you probably do

flafalcon

August 10th, 2010
8:35 pm

Was the defense that bad. Are they trying some young guys against the Jag. I hope to see some improvement this year. The key to sucess for us is DEFENSE!

yo mama

August 10th, 2010
8:38 pm

its a well know conspiracy that the NFL allowed the Aints to make it to the Super Bowl. The league didnt realize it would be so obvious that they changed the OT rule. Now, when you are beaten badly in your own home, and allow the visiting team to run up over 200 more yards of offense than your offense, how can one win the game. on a blown BS call by the NFL paid ref! the ball that brees thew to the reciever was not a catch-able ball, and the defender and receiver both couldnt get to the ball. So, Aint fans good luck. Your vision of winning again wont happen. no one wants to help you out anymore. and the whole katrina thing was a disaster of stupid elected officials who didnt do “they” jobs. katrina could have been avoided but folks in the big easy were too stupid to heed the warnings.
so, all the sympathy is undeserved! 2009 was fixed, by the NFL. eff the Aints!

shame on the falcons

August 10th, 2010
8:41 pm

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
8:42 pm

that one play paved our way to the superbowl and now the secret is out … good job yo mama LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

Terrance X

August 10th, 2010
8:49 pm

SUX2BaBYRD

August 10th, 2010
8:56 pm

Wow, Yo Mama must have fed you some sour grapes for breakfast. Sowhat was Atlanta”s excuse when Sheman burned your city to the ground. Wer you ancestors to afraid to fight and simply cowered away?

ray nagin

August 10th, 2010
9:05 pm

shame on the falcons what’s your wife and Katrina have in common?

Rev Blake

August 10th, 2010
9:06 pm

I’d like to help you guys out a little. The two trolls that you continually argue with are not Saints fans. They are merely two disgruntled Michael Vick fans who are still reeling about him being released from the Falcons. Cease commenting directly at them and they will eventually go away.

Thank goodness for Matt Ryan!! I am so proud that we FINALLY have a quarterback who demonstrates skill on the field as well as character off the field. This kid is special and he is going to keep this franchise winning for many years to come. He is not an arrogant athlete who assumes he already knows it all. He openly discusses the areas where he is learning and improving. Gotta love that! Rise Up Falcons!!!!!

ray nagin

August 10th, 2010
9:07 pm

what I know about prison is from the NO citizens (prisoners) who flew like scare rabbits when Katrina hit. Now we have the criminal’s leaching off us here and they won’t go back.

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
9:08 pm

nobody has ever heard that one before ray. just like your team- to little- to late

ray nagin

August 10th, 2010
9:10 pm

hiramsaint If NO is so great why don’t you live there? Too crappy of a sh1thole

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
9:11 pm

did we leave or didn’t we ray ? are you to dumb to make up your mind? c’mon dled, get some real scrappers back on here

Mike Jay

August 10th, 2010
9:11 pm

Rev is right except that the two saints fan are actually just one dude. Look how many times Hiramsaint accidentally answers ?’s directed toward him under one of his other names. It’s tiresome and sad. But mostly just sad.

ray nagin

August 10th, 2010
9:11 pm

hiramsaint eat me. just like your wife did.

hiramsaint

August 10th, 2010
9:13 pm

i just thought i would bring some grace and class to the peanut farmers and rednecks. it’s a tough job ray