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Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks get meme treatment after garbage-time interceptions

Josh Rosen with his awkward helmet

Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks followed in Matt Ryan’s footsteps on Thursday by taking turns throwing interceptions against the New England Patriots.

The Atlanta Falcons sat down starting quarterback Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter as they struggled against New England. The team was being shutout, and Ryan threw consecutive picks in the fourth quarter. Ryan exited down 19-0 and gave away to Josh Rosen.

Rosen got his chance in the final two minutes, and on third down, he threw a pick-six.

That put Atlanta in a 25-0 hole, which was the final score.

After three straight interceptions from their quarterbacks, the Falcons decided to go with Franks. Guess what happened? He immediately threw an interception on his first pass attempt!

That was unbelievable. Four straight interceptions from the Falcons from three different quarterbacks to end the game.

That was the first time since 2000 that three quarterbacks on the same team all threw interceptions in the same game.

Everyone had the jokes about the Falcons QBs:

This was not a good night to be a Falcons quarterback.

Look: Matt Ryan had very bloody hand after being stepped on

Matt Ryan's hand bleeding

Matt Ryan had his hand stepped on during Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons quarterback was left with a nasty-looking injury.

Panthers defensive end Morgan Fox inadvertently stepped on Ryan’s left hand as he was trying to avoid falling on Ryan late in the second quarter. Ryan suffered a cut on his hand, and it appeared to be bleeding pretty profusely. He had to keep wiping it on a towel that quickly became soaked with blood.

Ryan is fortunate that Fox did not step on his throwing hand. The injury may have still impacted him, however, as he threw an interception on the very next play.

Ryan returned to the game with a glove on his left hand. He likely had a bandage underneath as well.

That wasn’t quite as nasty as the injury we saw Russell Wilson suffer a few weeks ago, but Ryan had to have been feeling it.

Matt Ryan throws two pick-sixes to same player in span of four minutes

Matt Ryan

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave Matt Ryan all sorts of problems on Sunday, and that was clearly illustrated by two plays in the fourth quarter.

Ryan found himself under heavy pressure frequently, forcing him into some bad throws. In fact, he was intercepted twice in the quarter by Tampa Bay’s Mike Edwards, who even managed to return both of them for touchdowns.

That’s hardly a common occurrence, but the combination of Atlanta’s weak offense and the Buccaneers’ swarming defense make things like this quite possible.

The Buccaneers might do something like this to a few teams this year. There’s a chance they might be adding another accomplished name to their ranks as well.

Arthur Blank makes definitive statement on futures of two Falcons stars

Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons struggled for much of 2020, and while it may make sense to embark on a rebuild, it seems a few franchise stalwarts will be sticking around.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday that he was more or less certain that quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones would remain with the team in 2021.

“Well, I’d be shocked, completely shocked if [Ryan] was not (on the Falcons next year), and it really has nothing to do necessarily with his contract,” Blank told NFL Network, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “Matt has played at a very high level for us since 2008 when we drafted him. He and Drew Brees  are the only quarterbacks in the history of the NFL that have thrown for more than 4,000 yards over a 10-year period of time consistently. He’s performed beautifully, was MVP of the league one year. So Matt can still play at a very high level and we expect him to be a Falcon next year, fully.”

Jones, who struggled with injuries for much of 2020, is also expected back.

“We expect Julio to be a Falcon, to be playing next year at a very high level as well,” Blank said. “God-willing, taking care of his body, his hamstring will be healed up. He’ll be able to play in more games than he played last year.”

Trades of both players already looked unlikely before Blank’s statements. There are a couple of good reasons for that stance, too.

Report: Falcons will not trade these two superstar players

Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off their third consecutive losing season, and there has been talk about them potentially undergoing a total rebuild under new head coach Arthur Smith. That is reportedly not going to happen this offseason.

The Falcons have had no discussions about trading quarterback Matt Ryan or star wide receiver Julio Jones, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Pelissero cites two main reasons why the Falcons are not planning to trade Ryan or Jones. One is that Smith is expected to run a similar offense to the one Atlanta ran when Ryan was named NFL MVP in 2016. Another reason is the Falcons would have to absorb significant salary cap penalties if they move on from either player, with Ryan alone carrying a dead cap hit of $44 million.

There was talk prior to the trade deadline this season that the Falcons could entertain trade offers for Ryan and/or Jones. Ryan, 35, has three more years remaining on a contract that pays him $30 million annually. Jones is also signed through 2023 at an average salary of $22 million.

Jones had a very stern response during the season when he was asked if he wanted to be traded.

Video shows Matt Ryan told Todd Gurley to go down, not score touchdown

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley’s mental mistake in the Atlanta Falcons’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday looks even worse after seeing this video clip.

A new video from NFL Films shows that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reminded Gurley in the huddle not to score. The Falcons were down 16-14 with 1:04 left and had a 1st-and-goal from the Detroit 10. The plan was to run out the clock and then kick an easy field goal to win the game by a point.

Here is the video clip of Ryan going over the plan with Gurley:

Instead, Gurley couldn’t stop himself and ended up going in for a touchdown. Though Atlanta took a 22-16 lead, they left Detroit a minute on the clock. Despite not having any timeouts, the Lions drove for the winning touchdown and won 23-22.

The loss added on to an already miserable season for Falcons fans. What’s crazy is Gurley wasn’t the only player to make that exact same mistake over the weekend.

Could Falcons shop Matt Ryan, Julio Jones at trade deadline?

Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons played inspired football on Sunday in their first game after former head coach Dan Quinn was fired, but they are still miles from playoff contention. Although trades involving star players are uncommon in the middle of an NFL season, there are some in the know who wonder if the Falcons could consider blowing up their roster.

According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler, there are people around the NFL who wonder if Matt Ryan and/or Julio Jones could be shopped ahead of the trade deadline, which is in two weeks. The belief is that the 1-5 Falcons are leaning toward a complete teardown, so selling off some assets could make sense.

Ryan, 35, has three more years remaining after this season on a contract that pays him $30 million annually. Jones is also signed through 2023 at an average salary of $22 million. Neither player would be easy to trade, but the Falcons may be willing to take less than market value if they can clear the money off their books.

The Falcons have been heading in the wrong direction since their epic collapse in the Super Bowl a few years ago. Team owner Arthur Blank recently made some comments that created doubt over Ryan’s future with the team, so it would not exactly be a shock if Atlanta moves on from him during or after the season.

Arthur Blank raises doubts about Matt Ryan’s future with Falcons

Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank raised doubts about quarterback Matt Ryan’s future with the organization on Monday.

Blank said that he wouldn’t be making the decision on Ryan’s future, and while he praised the quarterback, he certainly left the door open to moving on.

“Matt’s been a franchise leader for us, great quarterback; one of the leading quarterbacks in the last 13 years in the NFL,” Blank said, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN. “I hope he’s going to be part of our plans going forward. But that will be a decision that I won’t make.

“Matt has the ability to play at a very high level, even at this age. Whether that’s going to continue or not, I’m not sure. I appreciate his willingness to consider doing that and the level at what he’s played for us for 13 years, which has been incredible. So we’ll have to see. But then again, that’s going to be a decision, at the end of the day, that part of it will be up to the player; part of it will be up to the coaching staff. And whether or not Matt can keep himself together.”

Blank has typically been fond of using the phrase “Falcon for life” about Ryan. He didn’t use it here, which is also telling.

The 35-year-old Ryan still puts up numbers, but hasn’t won as much. Last season, he threw 26 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in 15 games, and went a modest 7-8 as the team’s starter. With a new front office on its way in, the prospect of a rebuild may be on the table, and Ryan simply may not be part of that rebuild.

Video: Matt Ryan threw a nasty block to seal a Falcons touchdown run

Matt Ryan block

Matt Ryan can get down and dirty when he needs to.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback threw a nice block to seal the edge for a Todd Gurley touchdown run on Monday night against the Packers.

Ryan’s Falcons had a second-and-goal from the three and gave the ball to Gurley. The running back tried to bounce outside and got some help from Ryan to walk into the end zone.

That was a solid and effective block by Ryan and it gave Gurley his second touchdown of the game.

Unfortunately, Ryan threw for 285 yards but no touchdowns, and his Falcons lost 30-16 to Green Bay. The Falcons are now 0-4, compared to the 4-0 Packers.

This is a much better look for Ryan, who made a negative headline last year for his physical play.

Cam Jordan tweets funny shade at Matt Ryan

Cameron Jordan

Cam Jordan has terrorized Matt Ryan for the last several years, and now he is poking fun at the Atlanta Falcons quarterback over that much.

The New Orleans Saints defensive end took to Twitter on Monday to react to the crazy stat that he has sacked Ryan more times (18) than any other player has sacked a single quarterback in NFL history. Jordan tweeted at Ryan and said that he would like to get that number to 20 this season with Ryan’s help.

Indeed, the numbers (since sacks became an official stat back in 1982) check out for Jordan, who got to Ryan four times in a single game last season.

The Saints and the Falcons both play in the NFC South, so Jordan has a few more cracks at Ryan than he otherwise would get. This season, the two teams are scheduled to meet in Week 11 and again in Week 13.

The former MVP Ryan is feeling very confident about the 2020 campaign, but Jordan, himself a five-time Pro Bowler, will be trying his best to rain on his familiar foe’s parade.