It might actually be more accurate to say it’s Atlanta offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian who has the most to prove with the Falcons as minicamp nears.
But this article’s about players, nfl wholesale jerseys nike so fair or not, it’s Matt Ryan who has to shoulder that load.
The Falcons made the playoffs again in 2017, but Ryan’s numbers were down substantially compared to his MVP season and Super Bowl run of two years ago. So was the Falcons’ offensive production as a team.
There’s additional pressure on Ryan individually, too. As the NFL’s first $30 million man in terms of average annual salary, the 33-year-old is going to be expected to play up to that contract. That means he needs to be in the MVP hunt again and lead the Falcons on a deep postseason run.wholesale nfl jerseys nike
For what it’s worth, Ryan’s MVP season came in Kyle Shanahan’s second season as coordinator (2018 is Sarkisian’s). And the Falcons acquired another weapon for Ryan early in this year’s draft when they selected Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley.wholesale nike nfl jerseys china
Now it’s a matter of tightening things up. That’s going to be a lot easier if, as Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported, Julio Jones is on the practice field after skipping OTAs.nike wholesale nfl jerseys