When he's not busy shooting his reality TV show, Matt Ryan apparently spends his time being accurate under pressure.
Kevin Connaghan at Pro Football Focus examined the accuracy of NFL quarterbacks under pressure, and he did so by establishing the number of catchable passes thrown by each quarterback while under pressure. For the purpose of this analysis, Connaghan counted dropped passes as receptions. He factored in throwaways, spikes, and batted passes to paint a more complete picture, and his results include the percentage of dropbacks on which each quarterback was pressured as well as the number of sacks, interceptions and touchdowns for each quarterback under pressure.
Ryan has plenty of experience dealing with pressure after a 2013 season in which his offensive line was basically one big injured disaster. The line still allowed a decent amount of pressure in 2014, which can be attributed to a number of factors--injuries and the resulting personnel changes, growing pains for rookie Jake Matthews--but it seemed that Ryan learned to adjust his own tempo, developing a quicker release and improving his ability to evade pressure.
Connaghan's results reflect this. Ryan was sixth among quarterbacks with 250 or more dropbacks in 2014 in terms of accuracy percentage under pressure. Ryan had 683 dropbacks and was pressured on 35.3% of those dropbacks. He was sacked 12.9% of the time, and his accuracy under pressure was 69.4%.
Ryan was also sixth in the league for accuracy under pressure per Pro Football Focus last season with 68.2%.
Overall, Ryan's PFF grade for the 2014 season was a +20.3, good for fifth in the league behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady.
What do you think of Ryan's accuracy under pressure?