ESPN’s Ron Jaworski believes that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is “right on the edge of being a top-ten NFL quarterback.”
“I love the way he’s engaged in every single game,” Jaws said. “But there’s still one element of Ryan’s game that needs work. He must become more consistent in what I call a ‘muddied pocket.’ With bodies flying around him. Right now, he needs that comfortable cradle, functional space. If he improves in that area, he’ll crack my top ten.”
The Falcons are expected to lean on their passing game more in 2012 under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Michael Turner is expected to receive less touches moving forward as Ryan becomes the focal point of the offense.