Dec 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
QB Matt Ryan
We discussed how Julio would benefit from an improved offensive line, but no one will reap the benefits more than signal caller Matt Ryan. Despite being the most hurried quarterback in 2013, Ryan still managed to pass for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns without his starting tackles in Sam Baker and Mike Johnson, superstar receiver Julio Jones, and feature running back Steven Jackson for the majority of the season.
Matt faced more adversity than we would have liked to see in 2013, but with an awful season comes lessons learned, as Ryan gained vital experience working in a muddled pocket and also without two of the best pass-catchers in the game. With a revamped offensive line, an improved defense, and his biggest weapons coming back healthy, expect BIG things from Ryan in 2014.