Matt Ryan is regarded as one of the most elite quarterbacks in the NFL today, but after the Falcons slogged through an injury laded 2018 season, he has slipped somewhat from the national conversation.
But the bad luck his team suffered last year has had no effect on Ryan’s ability to change the game and put the team on his back, according to ESPN’s Mina Kimes.
“I think he is the most underrated quarterback in the NFL right now,” Kimes told Lefkoe Show. “He was excellent by every statistical measure, every advanced metric. He was a very good quarterback.”
Going by the numbers, Ryan looked as efficient and productive as he was in the year when he won the MVP Award and helped lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
Ryan completed 69.4 percent of his pass attempts last season while amassing 4,924 yards in the air, scored 35 touchdowns passing, and was intercepted seven times. Two years ago, he completed 69.9 percent of his attempts for 4,944 yards passing, tossed 38 touchdowns, and threw seven interceptions.
The difference, of course, between now and then is that the Falcons did not have the kind of injury troubles they had last season back in the 2016 campaign.
Going into the 2019 season, Atlanta is hoping that they can keep their starting defensive players healthy and that they improved their pass protection in order to get something for all of Ryan’s efficiency.
Despite the Falcons finishing with their first sub .500 record under head coach Dan Quinn, Ryan finished in the top five of the NFL in most passing categories, throwing for the third most yards, tied for the most touchdowns, was fourth in completion percentage, and fourth in passer rating.
The 34 year old owns a bevy of Falcons franchise records, including passing yards, touchdown passes, attempts, and completions, including a dozen other categories for passing with Atlanta since entering the NFL in 2008 as their first round pick from Boston College.
Moreover, if Ryan plays up to his usual standards this coming season, there is every possibility he could move to No. 9 all time on the NFL list for career passing yards.
“I have zero concerns about this offense,” Kimes said.