Matt Ryan and Julio Jones go through pregame warmups before playing the Jaguars in a preseason game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Atlanta. 
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Photo: Curtis Compton/

QB Corner: Ryan on opening matchup vs. Bears 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say on a few topics as the team prepared to face the Chicago Bears: 

On the Bears defense: 

“Watching Chicago on defense, they are physical (along) the front seven for sure. Big defensive line. Stout against the run. Linebackers do a great job of getting downhill and fitting the gaps. They are really sound. (They) certainly added some guys in the secondary from last year. So, I think it’s going to be tough test for us for sure Week 1. We’ll have to be on top of our game plan and plan solid to get the job done up there on Sunday.”

On his new starting right guard Wes Schweitzer: 

“I’m happy for Wes and excited for him to get this opportunity. He’s played really well. He’s done a lot of good things for us. He’s on top of the system, and he understands his role and what we are asking him to do. I feel really comfortable with him out there, and I think he’ll do a great job for us.”

On if there will be a Super Bowl hangover:

“I thought, for me, it’s about moving forward. I think that was kind of, to me, what made sense is that you learn from all of these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation moving forward. But I thought the coolest part of everything was the end of it, getting to work and starting to focus on what’s in front. I feel good about that. I feel like that’s where my mind has been headed this entire offseason.”

On the 28-3 jokes and billboards: 

“I don’t pay much attention to it.”  

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reflected on his first season opener as a rookie starting against the Detroit Lions, discusses new right guard Wes Schweitzer and second- year tight end Austin Hooper. Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter

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