Q&A: Matt Ryan believes workouts have been a success

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan talking with the media after Tuesday's seven-on-seven practice.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan talking with the media after Tuesday's seven-on-seven practice.

BUFORD – The Falcons are set to wrap up “Camp Exile” with their final seven-on-seven practice on Wednesday.

A core group of 20 to 35 players have been working out twice-a-week since May 10 about 10 miles from the team’s facilities.

Last year, the organized team activities concluded on June 18, so the players-only workouts have gone a few days over.

Quarterback Matt Ryan, linebacker Curtis Lofton and player representative Coy Wire have been instrumental in getting the players together.

Ryan spoke with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about what he thinks the team achieved this offseason after Tuesday’s workout. (We’ll get Lofton’s take after tomorrow’s practice.)

Q: Did you all take advantage of this dead time and make something good happen?

A: I think obviously with the lockout and the situation that we were in, it was not a great situation in order to get prepared for next season. But with that said, I think we got a lot done. We had consistent turnouts week-in and week-out for about six or seven weeks, which is a long time. I think we did a great job. We kept it loose and we kept it fun everyday. I think it’s going to serve us well. We won’t be as rusty when we get into training camp. We kind of used our verbiage, ran the routes and did the things we needed to do. I think we’ll be all set whenever camp does roll around.

Q: What do you think about Julio [Jones],  now that you’ve had him out on the field?

A: I think he’s done a great job. He’s probably been one of our most consistent guys out here for the last two months. I think for him it was extra important to do this. We have veteran guys who know the offense, who know what they are doing and how to prepare. For me, it was really good just to stay in his ear on every day. This is wow we call things, this is how we do things, this is where you’re going to line up. This is how I want you to run the route. This is where I need you to be. That’s invaluable. It’s not something that you can do in two weeks or 10 days, build a rapport with somebody. It’s something that takes some time. I think having been around him for two months and throwing out here, and having him at the house, going over some different things with him.

Q: You’ve had him one-on-one?

A: Yeah, over lunch and with different stuff like that. I talk to him about how he needs. . .  There are a lot of things on his plate. It’s not that dissimilar to the situation that I came into three years ago. He’s an early draft pick. There’s a lot of pressure falling on your shoulders. For me it was for different reasons. For him it because of trading draft picks and those type of things. I think he’ll handle it well. I talked to him about that, about preparation and things like that. Most importantly, just getting him a feel for what he’ll be going through next year.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan running after practice on Tuesday.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan running after practice on Tuesday.

Q: Will get a little R&R after wrapping up the camp?

A: Yeah, just the normal routine. I think what we’ve tried to do is keep it as similar to what would be doing as possible. This would kind of be our last week with weightlifting, conditioning and OTAs and stuff if we were at Flowery Branch. It will give guys a chance to get away from here a little bit before the season rolls around depending on what happens. We certainly could be back whenever, but we are trying to keep it as normal as possible.

Q: Did you get a chance to see Roddy White on the NFL Network?

A: I didn’t see him the other night, but I’m sure he was colorful. Hopefully, he did a good job.

Q: How is Julio’s personality fitting in?

A: Julio seems to have a different temperament than Roddy. You appear to have some different personalities and different talents. I think what fuels them is different. Roddy is out there talking and have a great time. That’s great because people feed off of that energy. But Julio seems to be a little bit different and that’s good. It’s tough when you’ve got everybody being vocal. So, I think he’s a good fit in our wide receiver room and will do a great job. I think he’ll be vocal when he needs to be.

Q: Roddy said that with Julio, you all are going to be the Greatest Show on Turf. Any Thoughts?

A: Kurt Warner did a pretty good job with the guys that he had. That’s good Roddy is confident in what we can do. We have to get back to work first.

Q: Did you see Thurman Thomas’ comments about cutting back Michael Turner’s carries?

A: I don’t think we’ll change the identity of who we are. At the end of the day, on both sides of the ball we’ve been a physical football team for the last three years. That’s not going to change. Whether if its over 300 or under 300, it’s whatever it takes to win. I’m cool with going out and throwing it 65 times and I’m good with throwing it eight times. Whatever it is, whatever that game calls for. . . . there is a lot of wear and tear that  goes on a running back’s body. You’d like to keep him as healthy as possible. Mike is of that same mindset too. That’s the beauty of our locker room is that everbody is kind of built that way. Regardless of what need to do, whether if it’s Roddy run-blocking to open up things. I can remember two or three times against New Orleans where he had some good blocks and Mike ran right off of him for touchdowns. That kind of mindset works well in our locker room.

Q: Will you all be able to spread the ball around to everybody?

A: When you have a lot of talented guys there is a mutual respect. There is an understanding that certain times his talent is going to be able win us games or it’s going to be Tony, Roddy or Julio. That kind of helps out as well.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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37 comments Add your comment

hiramsaint

June 21st, 2011
5:41 pm

20-35 players twice a week. sorry but not impressed when looking at what other committed teams have been doing thus far!

Stevie B

June 21st, 2011
6:05 pm

Nice article DOL. Thank you

Have you heard anything about Turner? Is he working out in California?

Forrest W

June 21st, 2011
6:37 pm

Good to hear from Ryan. Thanks DOL

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 21st, 2011
6:42 pm

Steve B — I’ve asked about him and Ryan said he’s doing well. Has been working out on his own in town.

Stevie B

June 21st, 2011
9:04 pm

Thats good news. I want to trade jobs with you. I can hang out with Ryan and you can replace sewers in the City of Atlanta. Do we have a deal?

Eddie

June 21st, 2011
10:35 pm

D Led besides Julio have any of the other players that were drafted this year participate in the player organized activities?

Singletary

June 21st, 2011
11:56 pm

Mutual respect and winning often smooths the way.

AWI

June 22nd, 2011
12:12 am

anything about Jacquizz22?

PHIL

June 22nd, 2011
4:02 am

D Led, You do an outstanding job. But…….any of the two “journalist” standing in that picture are in bad need of an extreme fashion makeover. How do I get a job where it’s pk to go to work looking like that?

K-Sly

June 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Thanks for the report D-Led. It sounds like a very confident group, and is one of the main aspects to becoming a championship caliber team. 7 on 7 drills are meant for the timing of the skilled players, so an average of 20 players is encouraging. I agree with Roddy when he stated that this can be the greatest show on turf part two, due to the many different ways we can beat a defense. I know that T.D. will address the defense in free agency, wether its at defensive end or Nnamdi.My only concern now besides the start of the season, is the offensive line. For years we had a offensive line that allowed the defense to flow into the back feild like water. The past two or three years our offensive line have developed a mean streak and allowed very few sacks compared to the league, allowed Mike Turner to rush for more than 3,ooo yards, and allow Matt Ryan time in the pocket to win games. Under the salary cap or whatever it may be, do you think we will be able to resign at least two of our linemen along with help on the defense?

Mike

June 22nd, 2011
2:58 pm

Bigger question … why is michael Jenkins not getting any talk?

Will he be our slot, or can we consider him gone? Don’t forget, Green bay has 4 guys. If we drop Jenks, we’ll still only have 2 and a possible (douglass) … a better 2 and a possible, but still 2 and a possible.

Big Ray

June 22nd, 2011
3:06 pm

20-35 players twice a week. sorry but not impressed when looking at what other committed teams have been doing thus far!

Teams that get beat by 7-9 Seattle need to do a whole hell of a lot more, so I can understand what you’re saying… :twisted:

hiramsaint

June 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

big ray has a crush on someone

falkonfan

June 22nd, 2011
6:04 pm

@ hiramsaint

Don’t you have a sewer to haunt?

falkonfan

June 22nd, 2011
6:05 pm

Don’t worry, hiramsaint. Everybody knows that Seenthisbefore is your sweetheart! LOL!

SCFalcon

June 22nd, 2011
6:38 pm

@ Big Ray

Perfect response :-)

Must be tough on these aints fans to not have their own forum to yak on. I bet they don’t spend much time over at the Seahawks place!

D man

June 22nd, 2011
7:38 pm

Can’t wait for the season to start. It looks like another promising season. GO FALCONS!!!

hiramsaint

June 22nd, 2011
7:49 pm

looks like alot of y’all have a crush on someone ! understandable though as i’m part of a winning orginazation and well…you’re not.

M.D. Conner

June 22nd, 2011
8:49 pm

Hiramsaint, you are not part of the “organization”. You are a trash-talking troll that really needs to get a life, and maybe an Aints forum to spew on. You remind me of that “quit bothering Brittany” idiot. Do you still live with your parents? It is sad to see a (maybe) adult so caught up in jealousy that he has to spend (or are you a her?) time trolling a board you have no part of.

Brain Trust

June 22nd, 2011
9:08 pm

4 hrs. a week for 6 weeks. You do the math

hiramsaint

June 22nd, 2011
9:14 pm

sorry mad dog conner but i’ve been on this board way longer than you have and if you can’t handle it ,i’m sure you can find sensativity training somewhere. just to settle your scrambled little brain , i actually am a part of the orginazation but as a failcan fan thats got to be miles over your head. now i can chalk you up also!

elroy

June 23rd, 2011
1:11 am

Hey hiramsaint,

You know what’s the toughest part of becoming a Saints fan? Telling your parents that you like to su*k co*k! Yay! Trash talking on the internet is fun!

McNasty

June 23rd, 2011
7:33 am

Please ignore all comments from hiramsaint. If you analyze his comments you will see a pattern that motivates him. He is a child and you know they don’t think before they speak or act. Do not give him the respect of commenting on him. Remember ignorance is only entertaining to people that dress to sag and who watch “Jackass”.

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
8:50 am

of all the blogs for all the teams i visit , atl failcan fans are the only ones to constantly bring up their sexual preferences. it’s either because they are mostly democrats and we all know if dems can’t argue back then they name call or they really all are mid town sissies. anyway , glad to know i irritate the enemy so much but it’s not hard to do with the average intelligence level of the failcan fan

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
8:52 am

hey elroy- i know what the hardest part of being a failcan fan is…. no championship and pretending matty meltdown is gonna get you one. hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe !

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

hey mcnasty- thanks for showing me the proper respect by commenting on me. i swear , y’all make this way to e-z

M.D. Conner

June 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

HiramAint, brain’s never been too scrambled and totally insensitive has worked for years. Your “been on this board” time just shows that your delusions of “being part of the organization” are just that, the delusions of a troll living in his parent’s basement or garage. A real Aints employee would not need to troll a Falcon board season after season. Oh, that winning organization thing, you lost to the Seahawks and lost your division. What a bunch of winners (or is that whiners). By the way, buy a dictionary.

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
1:00 pm

mary denise conner! now is that anyway to talk to your superiors? one does not need to be an employee of an organization to be part of said organization. as a failcan fan , i know that is way beyond your comprehension. maybe if matty meltdown does not choke AGAIN and by some miracle you can win even one playoff game , then you may get a whiff of the pride one feels to associated with a winning program. don’t hold your breath this year though because coming in 3rd behind the bucs and the saints in the nfc south will not likely get you a playoff spot. by the way -are you a dictionary salesman? seems about right!

steve.s

June 23rd, 2011
1:00 pm

As far as the last coment how the other teams are doing more he could be as wrong as you can get.The falcons are doing just as much as the other teams sre doing.They can do just so much under the currant conditions.Be real they don’t have the luxury of the training campus in flowery branch.Which I think they should.Of course I feel if they want to see the owners books they should be paying their fare share of all the bussiness expenses.If they want a bigger share of the profits from everything and a union to negotiate their salarys and everthing they get why do they need a agent.If they would get ride of the union they would be a 100% better off.The unions are the down fall of theis country.Have you allways noticed when a union get involved the only person that gets hurt is the consumer.

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
1:22 pm

amen steve.s-unions had their place in one point in history but now all they are , are organized forms of welfare. look at teachers , auto workers and so on . no accountability for the job but they sure want the paycheck and bennies at our expense

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
1:25 pm

by the way steve , many are teams are meeting almost everyday for a full day including practice , film studies , wieght training and individual position drills with hired trainers.

steven>s

June 23rd, 2011
1:26 pm

@ hiramsaint, “WOW” the saint finally have “ONE and I do mean ONE” good season and now the aints think they have a dynasty!!! way to funny.But what do you ecpect when they live with the gators and have a brain to match. Get over it hiramsaint you had your year and it’s gone forever.

steve.s

June 23rd, 2011
1:29 pm

@ hiramsaint,AMEN to that about the unions.Why do the players need a union and a agent never have figured that one out.

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
1:58 pm

steve- never claimed to be a dynasty but a superbowl win 2 nfc championship games an playoffs 3 out of 5 years does make a winning organization and if the falcons had the same thing you would say so too. y’all are celebrating winning seasons instead of winning playoff games. i’m not sure but i think the union came along time ago for players retirement bennies then the snake oil salesman-i mean agents saw a profit to be had and wormed their in and now you have what happened here this year- failure to communicate.anyway , i’m with you on that and not absolutely sure. p.s. just like y’all don’t have a p’tree and a waffle house in every front yard , we don’t all live with alligators. we’ll see this year if it’s really gone forever but from my research on a number of teams , we’re right up there for a run this year along with about 5 other teams who also have a legitimate shot.

willie

June 23rd, 2011
2:24 pm

I agree with the clown….you guys make it way too easy. Just ignore him and he’ll go away. The Falcons offense will be a top 5 scoring offense again. I just hope we can land a pass rusher and I’m looking forward to Spoon and P. Jerry having much better years. The NFC will be pretty stacked so we better pull that D together in a hurry.

hiramsaint

June 23rd, 2011
3:05 pm

willie , you must be a newbie here or you would have known better than to say i’ll go away. this year you don’t have as e-z a schedule as last year . like the saints of ‘09 , the falcons won’t be having the questionable calls and non calls of ‘10. other teams know what to expect this year so top 5 is way over optomistic. i do agree about the D-should have been taken care of in the draft then pick up a good receiver in fa to compliment roddy. kinda backwards dontcha think?

[...] The Falcons finished their final day of what has been dubbed “Camp Exile” on Wednesday. That was the name of the player-organized sessions which primarily featured 7-on-7 workouts between offensive and defensive players. Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, and Coy Wire got majority credit for organizing the workouts. Perhaps the most noteworthy accomplishment for the camp was the ability for Ryan and top rookie wide receiver Julio Jones to lay a foundation and work to build a rapport for the upcoming season. (Source: D. Orlando Ledbetter, AJC) [...]