Matt Ryan has been the leader in that department this summer, as the veteran QB has taken the role of team leader, putting together workouts that have included vets as well as young guys like rookie Julio Jones, the teams first round pick.
“It’s been good. It depends on who’s in town. We are fortunate that a lot of guys are here during the offseason,” Ryan said about players showing up. “At certain times people have to go do some family stuff at this time of the year and we understand that they are not going to be here. But I think the turnout has been very good.”
Atlanta needs this type of commitment from players based on the bad taste in their mouths from last seasons playoff collapse against the Packers. If Mike Smith and Ryan are going to be two men that eventually lead this team to the promise land, it’s got to be done with action.
Ryan this offseason has shown that, putting in the effort to get the players together, even if it’s just for an hour or so to workout and try to run some plays.
“Our urgency is the same,” Ryan said. “Our sense of timing is that we’re going to be playing at the beginning of September. … As players we need to prepare ourselves to get ready to go.”
The more time that the team puts in working on timing and being together, the more it’s going to pay off once the owners and players get on the same page and get a deal done.