What Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say on Thursday

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works during an NFL football practice  Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works during an NFL football practice Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Here’s what quarterback Matt Ryan had to say to the media on Thursday:

On if he ever got sacked by Dwight Freeney:
“I’m trying to think back to what year we played in Indianapolis. 2011 maybe. I don’t know. I’ll have to look at the stats because I’m not sure.”

On if Freeney ever took a cheap shot on him:
“I don’t think so. We don’t have any bad blood as far as I know.”

On timing with the receivers:
“I thought we had a good day of practice. That’s the part of camp, trying to improve and get better every day. I thought we did a nice job today. Our receivers have a great job through the first week of practices. They’ve came out and competed and in great shape. They are running hard. I think we’ve been improving on a daily basis.”

On his comfort level right now:
“I feel good and we have a long way to go with a lot of improving to do, but I feel like we’re off to a good start.”

On Mohamed Sanu:
“I think all of the guys have done a good job. With Mohamed, I learned a lot about him during the spring. My first impression of him was that he was bigger than I thought he was going to be. He’s a big, strong guy. He’s really good at the point of attack, point of contact, and getting off of jams. He does a great job at the line of scrimmage using his hands, but he’s also quick. He’s done a good job for us getting in and out of breaks and beating man-to-man coverage. We’ve been really impressed with him and he’s competitive. I think that’s the one thing that you find more about in training camp, especially when the pads go on. You start to see guys compete and see their grit and what they are made of. He’s showed a lot of that this week. He’s done a great job.”

On how nice it is to have Alex Mack under center:
“Alex has done an awesome job through the first couple of days. He’s a veteran guy and you can tell he’s played a lot of football. He’s comfortable out there. In terms of making the calls and getting everybody on the same page he’s veteran and he’s done a great job. I think we’re all fired up to have him here.”

On if having Mack under center gives him less to worry about:
“It’s not a small thing. It’s a huge thing. When you have a veteran guy up in front of you and they understand what is going on and they are comfortable doing it, it’s huge. For my first five years having a guy like Todd McClure, when I could just go out there and be on autopilot and he would get us right that really helps. I think Alex is that kind of guy. He’s done a great job.”

On if he thinks that he is ahead of where he was last year:
“I don’t think there’s any question about that. I think that we’re ahead of where we were last year. Even in terms of communication, getting in and out of the huddle, and guys understanding what their responsibilities are. I think we’re more detailed. It’s not as much we know the play, but we know how to attack leverage and certain things on defense that we’re trying to attack on certain plays. I think we’re definitely ahead.”

On development with Coach Shanahan:
“It’s been great. We worked really hard this offseason and took a really critical look at what we did last year this offseason to see how we can improve. I know that he’s worked really hard on it and I worked really hard on it. I think we have a really good relationship and an open line of communication. It’s been a great start to camp.”

On Shanahan intercepting a pass intended for Austin Hooper:
“He’s going to get fined in our meeting room for sure. That’s part of the fun of camp. You get to see things like that and have a good time like that. Even with that play, I think that’s a great thing for Austin to learn from and for both of us to learn from about where to be. It’s a cool way for Kyle to get that message across. We were working on depth of routes and where we should be at.”

On the Friday Night Lights:
“It’s a fun event for all of us every year. I know for me, and I think for everybody, it kind of take you back to when you were in high school. That’s where it all started. I would argue most of our guys some of our most fun experiences are from high school. It’s a great chance for us. I’m always impressed when I go around Atlanta with the stadiums. The high schools down here are amazing. Football is so big in the south so it is pretty cool to see. I know we’ll have a great turnout and it is fun for the fans and players.”

On what Olympic sport he would compete in:
“I couldn’t compete in track. I’d have to go with swimming. I think swimming would be cool. I always think that is fun. I think it is fun for us too during training camp when the Olympics are on every couple of years because it gives us something good to watch at night when you get back to the dorms. Everyone kind of sits around and does that, but swimming for sure.”



TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE

August

5 – Friday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Grayson High School6 – Saturday, players off.

7 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

8- Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

9 – Tuesday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

10 – Wednesday, public practice 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11 – Thursday vs. Washington 7 p.m. (Georgia Dome).

12 – Friday, closed practice.

13 – Saturday, players off.

14 – Sunday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

15 – Monday, public practice, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

16 – Tuesday, public practice: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Depth chart. Here’s the updated training camp depth chart after Freeney’s deal:

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 16 Justin Hardy, 87 Devin Fuller, 18 Jordan Leslie

LT 70 Jake Matthews, 76 Tom Compton

LG 67 Andy Levitre, 71 Wes Schweitzer, 79 Shabaz Ahmed

C   51 Alex Mack, 63 Ben Garland, 69 Jake Reed

RG 65 Chris Chester, 68 Mike Person, 64 Collin Rahrig, Michael Huey

RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 72 Bryce Harris, 66 Laurence Gibson

TE 83 Jacob Tamme, 80 Levine Toilolo, 81 Austin Hooper, 86 D.J. Tialavea, 82 Joshua Perkins, 49 Arthur Lynch

WR Mohamed Sanu, 14 Eric Weems, 19 Aldrick Robinson, 15 Nick Williams, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic, 6 Corey Washington, 89 Chris King

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub, 4 Matt Simms, 13 Sean Renfree

RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 28 Terron Ward, 35 Gus Johnson, 20 Brandon Wilds

FB 42 Patrick DiMarco, 39 Will Ratelle

NICKEL DEFENSE

RDE Dwight Freeney, 99 Adrian Clayborn, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 75 Brandon Williams

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 96 Nordly Capi, 98 Cory Johnson

DT 90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE 44 Vic Beasley Jr., 48 Ivan McLennan, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr, 54 Efe Obada

LB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 41 Philip Wheeler, 46 Torrey Green

LB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

RCB 23 Robert Alford, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 32 Jalen Collins (Suspended for 4 games)

NCB 34 Brian Poole,  29 C.J. Goodwin

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 25 Akeem King, 38 David Mims II, 39 Jordan Sefon

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman, 34 Brian Poole

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

BASE 4-3

RDE  99 Adrian Clayborn, Dwight Freeney, 91 Courtney Upshaw, 71 Brandon Williams, 96 Nordly Capi

DT  77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 98 Cory Johnson

NT 97 Grady Jarrett, 94 Tyson Jackson, 92 Joey Mbu, 74 Chris Mayes

LDE  90 Derrick Shelby, 77 Ra’Shede Hageman, 93 Malliciah Goodman, 52 Tyler Starr

WLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 46 Torrey Green, 48 Ivan McLennan

MLB 55 Paul Worrilow, 45 Deion Jones, 53 LaRoy Reynolds

SLB 44 Vic Beasley, 41 Philip Wheeler, 50 Brooks Reed, 91 Courtney Upshaw,

RCB 25 Akeem King, 32 Jalen Collins, 23 Robert Alford, 29 C.J. Goodwin, 33 Devonte Johnson, 38 David Mims II

LCB 21 Desmond Trufant, 43 DeMarcus Van Dyke, 39 Jordan Sefon, 34 Brian Poole

FS 37 Ricardo Allen, 27 Robenson Therezie, 20 Sharrod Neaseman

SS 22 Keanu Neal, 36 Kemal Ishmael, 40 Damian Parms

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant, 1 Nick Rose

KO 5 Matt Bosher

P 5 Matt Bosher

KR 26 Tevin Coleman, 87 Devin Fulller, 14 Eric Weems,  16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden, 85 J.D. McKissic

PR 26 Tevin Coleman, 87 Devin Fuller, 14 Eric Weems, 85 J.D. McKissic, 16 Justin Hardy, 7 David Glidden

90-MAN ROSTER ANALYSIS — POSITION BY POSITION

OFFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Quarterbacks

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Running backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Tight ends

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Offensive line

DEFENSE

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive line

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Linebackers

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Defensive backs

Atlanta Falcons 90-man roster analysis: Specialists

 


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