He has an accurate arm, spreads the ball around effectively, and has great vision down the field, and yet many NFL fans don’t consider him a top-notch quarterback. His name is Matt Ryan, and this season he will prove to everyone, even the most dedicated New Orleans fans, that he’s a top five player at his position. The star quarterback isn't particularly flashy, so I can understand where many fans are coming from. He doesn't have the fastest ball or the quickest legs, which can be deceiving at times, but the man is an intelligent player with a great work ethic. By the end of the 2013 regular season I project Matt Ryan will be the holder of three single-season records.
According to NFL analysts, Steven Jackson is what you would call a pass-catching running back. I personally haven’t seen him play enough over the years to know if this is true or not, but assuming the NFL Network knows what they’re talking about, Matt Ryan is bound to break the single-season passing yards record currently held by Drew Brees. Every year, with the exception of 2009, the number of yards he’s passed for has substantially increased. With Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, and Roddy White also by his side, Atlanta’s aerial attack is going to be off the charts.
Last season Matt Ryan had the best single-season completion percentage in the league at 68.6. It’s the fourteenth best of all time. With Tony Gonzalez’s inability to drop a ball, the supplement of Steven Jackson, a much improved Julio Jones, and Roddy White lighting up defenders as usual, Atlanta could turn it up a notch this year and shatter yet another record held by the New Orleans quarterback. It’s quite fitting isn't it?
During the 2007 regular season, Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s single-season touchdown record with fifty. Times have changed, and now it’s Matt Ryan’s time to shine. Out of my three predictions, this one is the least likely to happen, but this next season is his opportunity to show he belongs on top with the big boys. Again, the addition of Steven Jackson is huge. He’s going to be the difference maker throughout the season. With all the toys the front office has surrounded Matt Ryan with, one might even go as far as to call it "The Greatest Show on Turf 2.0" or something along those lines. What are your guys' thoughts?