5 questions with Falcons’ Matt Ryan

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Falcons coach Matt Ryan provides his analysis of the offense ahead of game against Carolina.

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan did not stay up late and watch the Braves win Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

He watched the first three innings before going to sleep.

Ryan met with the Atlanta media Wednesday, and here’s how he addressed five questions:

Q: Are you working on four hours of sleep after (the Braves’ game) last night?

A: “I didn’t watch the whole thing. I watched the first three innings. I was pleased to wake up to that though.”

Q: What is it that makes how (Calvin) Ridley run routes unique?

A: “I think he’s got, you know, unbelievable transition. His ability to get in and out of cuts and he uses that, you know, to his advantage. Each guy has got their own skill sets in the way that they do things, and I think that’s certainly his strength. I think he’s done a nice job for us. He had a great adjustment and catch on the touchdown last week, too. Really the only spot you can put throw, and it’s not an easy catch when you’re going full speed flying that way to get it on the back shoulder. He made it look really easy. And so you know, he runs routes with great transition, great speed, and he’s done a really good job for us.”

Q: What did it mean to get Russell Gage back in the offense after missing him for a few games?

A: “Yeah, I think it was it was great for us. You know, Russ is a good player. He showed up big on the touchdown pass. I think getting back into the rhythm was good for him, too. He was he was out for an extended period of time, and it’s hard when you’re not in the rhythm week in and week out, but I thought he did a nice job for us. He came up with a big play right out of the half. And you know, I only see that kind of picking up for us as we keep going.”

Q: How has Jake Matthews been playing and leading the group up front?

A: “I think Jake, you know, quietly goes about his business. He’s about as underrated or unsung of a guy as there is. He’s durable. I mean, he’s out there every week. He’s just technically sound (and) really good technique when it comes to pass protection. Really good technique in the run game. Plays hard for us. He’s a great leader by example. You know, I think a really good, he’s got a really good template of how he prepares himself, you know, week in and week out that the young guys can look at and say that’s how you do it. I think has been really good for us.”

Q: Where is the offense at with trying to get the run game going?

A: “I think, you know, that’s, that’s kind of the theme. You know, whether it’s run game or pass game, it’s everybody’s going to be involved in whatever we have to do to be efficient and to move the ball.”

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