Five most important Atlanta Falcons players in 2015
JUL 17, 12:38p ET | This Given Sunday
Rotowire: Aug 29 / 6:07p ET
News: Ryan completed three of seven passes for 49 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins.
Impact: Julio Jones was held out of the game after agreeing to a five-year extension, and fellow wide receiver Roddy White (knee) remains sidelined. Fortunately for Ryan, the 33-year-old White is expected back for Week 1, though his age and recent injury history remain major causes of concern. Between White, the running back situation, the No. 3 WR job and the offensive line, Atlanta's offense has no shortage of question marks. Of course, the prolific Ryan-Jones combo can hide a lot of weaknesses.
Rotowire: Aug 21 / 5:40p ET
News: Ryan completed 4-of-5 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Jets.
Impact: Ryan played just two series for the Falcons, but looked to be ready for the regular season. He has completed 10-of-11 passes for 161 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in limited action through two preseason games. It would not come as a surprise if Ryan skips Saturday's game against Miami.
Rotowire: Jun 29 / 12:03p ET
News: Ryan will likely move out of the pocket more often under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, USA Today reports.
Impact: Ryan put up consistently strong numbers while working with former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter the past three years, throwing for 4,500-plus yards and 26-plus touchdowns in each season. The Falcons hope to have a more balanced attack under Shanahan, whose offenses have typically been quite successful running the ball. Of course, the run-pass ratio is largely a product of game situations, and the Falcons' personnel still points toward a pass-first offense. The team returns the potent wide receiver duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, but there are no shortage of questions along the offensive line and throughout the defense.