Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan deserves a capable supporting cast. He just does, dammit.
Ryan has endured some pretty harsh, mostly undeserved criticism over the years, while lesser quarterbacks play in Super Bowls. Why? Because they play on better teams. It must be nice to play behind a capable offensive line. And it must be nice to have healthy, capable skill players at your disposal, especially the league's best running back. And it must be really nice to get paid like you're Aaron Rodgers ... when you're not. Alright, Russ, I'm done picking on you.
It's like I'm channeling Ryan's PTSD, because I really want him to have a fighting chance. Now, with some smart offseason additions, it's starting to look like Ryan will have more options than he's ever had.
Two acquisitions that look especially good right now are wide receiver
Leonard Hankersonand tight end Jacob Tamme. Hankerson, who played for the Redskins when offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same job in Washington, has been the best wide receiver at Flowery Branch thus far.
He's made his presence felt on the outside and over the middle; he's displayed great hands; and, perhaps most importantly, he seems to be gaining the trust of
Our own Jeanna Thomas has been at training camp every day. If you've been keeping up, you know she's been bullish on Hankerson and Tamme. Add in Justin Hardy, who apparently came on strong the last couple of days and impressed throughout OTAs, and Ryan has to be excited. He's got two known commodities in Julio Jones and Roddy White. Two years ago, he had Tony Gonzalez. Beyond that, he's had inconsistent at best options.
It's just time for Ryan. I know he must feel that way.