Falcons QB Matt Ryan's deep connection with Harry Douglas down the left sideline drew a rousing reaction from the fans. Ryan continued to establish a rhythm with his primary receivers -- Julio Jones, Roddy White, and Douglas -- in preparation for Friday night's exhibition against the Miami Dolphins. It helps that Ryan is getting a noticeably cleaner pocket, even against the Titans. "I thought today was really good,'' Ryan said. The real key is Ryan having a rhythm with Jones since Jones hasn't played in live action since last October following foot surgery. "... I thought Julio looked really good. Coach [Mike] Smith has him on a number count of his reps. But when he was out there, I thought he ran crisp and looked explosive and made some catches for us. I think he's coming along really nicely. No doubt, he'll be ready to go when we get to the season opener.''
Prior to last year’s #14 finish, Ryan had finished in the top 8 for three straight seasons. He’ll get Julio Jones back, which will help. Since Jones has entered the league, Ryan has averaged 18.8 FP in 37 games in which Jones has played. In 14 games without Jones, Ryan has averaged 14.6 FP. In short, Ryan has top 5 potential when his top wideout is available.