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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Atlanta Falcons took on the Dallas Cowboys yesterday in Arlington, Texas. While the Cowboys were without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant they still have a talented team that the Falcons couldn’t take lightly. In fact the Cowboys were able to get out to a 14-0 lead early before the Falcons really kicked it into gear. Matt Ryan started to heat up completing a deep pass to Leonard Hankerson for 46 yards on a post route. Several plays later Devonta Freeman was able to punch the ball in for six. Cutting the Falcons deficit down to 7 points. After a punt on the next possession for the Falcons. Julio Jones really took over this game for his team hauling in 2 touchdowns passes, one for 45 yards and the other for 2 yards. The two scores would allow the Falcons to come back from another deficit they were facing later on in the game trailing 28-17. Those Julio Jones scores were so critical because they gave the Falcons the comeback score and later after Devonta Freeman’s second score, Julio’s 2 yard touchdown helped the Falcons really pad their lead. Jones would finish the game with 12 receptions for 164 yards and 2 touchdowns. Having his third straight game of at least a 100 yards receiving. Showing he is well worth the 71.25 million dollars the Falcons paid him early this season. The Falcons would go on to win the game 39-28 and continue their dominance this far in the NFC. Look out for this team to make a deep run in the playoffs if they are able to keep playing at this high of level. Matt Ryan also is showing what he has been able to do for most of his career and that is win games. The dirty birds are sitting at 3-0 on the year and there seems to be no signs of slowing down.
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Julio Jones is good enough to be the cornerstone of a franchise flat out. While in four years of action he has managed to only go over a 1,000 yards receiving twice. One of those years he didn’t catch a 1,000 yards he was hurt, and the other time he was a rookie. The former University of Alabama player is a phenomenal asset for the Falcons and vital piece of Matt Ryan’s personal success. At 6’3 220 pounds Jones is the ideal size for an NFL wide receiver. He has the ability to go up above defenders and make a play on the ball. He also has the speed running a 4.39 40 yard dash to blow pass defenders and take the top off the defense. Julio is also a great yards after catch receiver similar to how Terrell Owens was. On several plays during the 2014 season Julio was able to break a tackle and take the ball for an additional gain for his team. Jones most impressive move on the field seems to be his back shoulder fade though. Him and Matt Ryan clearly have put in a significant amount of time on this particular throw. Now on Sundays they are using it to expose opposing defenses and look for that play to continue to have success in 2015. While Ryan and Jones are completing passes on the field, it is now up to Arthur Blank to open his check book and put together a contract that rewards Jones for his contributions. The two sides have both insisted that they are getting closer in negotiations. And a deal may be imminent before the regular season starts. Look for that deal to be in the 70 million ball park maybe just shy of 70. Dez Bryant received a 5 years 70 million dollar deal from the Cowboys and you would have to expect Julio’s contract would be just shy of that deal. Regardless Jones is worth the money.
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Matt Ryan or “Matty Ice” as they like to call him in Atlanta, is having an excellent career with the Atlanta Falcons. At 30 years old Ryan is entering his eighth season of NFL action. No longer a young player looking to prove his value, Ryan is now an NFL veteran who is entering his athletic prime. With those development years in his rear view mirror Ryan’s best football still might be ahead of him. A pretty strong case since Matt Ryan had arguably the best five year start of any NFL quarterback ever. Don’t believe us? Well, check the stats. In a five year span to start their career no one has more wins than Ryan with 56, no one has more fourth quarter come backs with 16, and no one has more game winning drives with 23. So while Ryan isn’t the best QB ever he does have some very key accomplishments that he can be proud of. Another big factor of Matt Ryan’s game is when you watch him you notice the discipline that he has put into his craft. He is outstanding with his body position such as keeping the ball high and the shoulders cocked. His footwork is impeccable and he always does a great job of stepping up in the pocket. He also does a phenomenal job of seeing the field and looking off defenders before making a throw. And when it does finally come to Ryan throwing the football. It’s like poetry in motion. Most of his throws are fluent, with perfect mechanics, and all of his balls have good zip on them. Maybe this is why he was able to put up 181 touchdowns and only 91 interceptions. Which is 33 more touchdowns than fellow 2008 draft classmate Joe Flacco has put up (148). If Ryan finishes the back end of his career anything like he started. He should certainly finish as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in terms of wins. He also should be a lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame some day. You have to tip your hat to that .
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