Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was a recent radio guest on 790 The Zone and he said he wouldn’t have any big problem with the Falcons being featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks’’ this summer according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
“I think we’ve got a veteran team,’’ Ryan said. “We’ve got guys who have been around for a long time, especially on the offensive side of the ball. I know on the defensive side of the ball, we’ve got a bunch of vets, too. So I don’t think it’d be too much of a distraction. We know what it takes to prepare ourselves to play. We know what it takes to win in this league, so I don’t think it’d be too big of a distraction.’’
Ryan also revealed his getting ready to deal with some hard knocks on the field. The quarterback admitted he spent his offseason trying to add some bulk.
“Heading into each offseason, I try and take two or three areas to really improve on,’’ Ryan said. “This year, it was getting a little bit stronger in the weight rooms. So I’ve been working out pretty hard this offseason to try and put on a little bit of weight to get a little bit stronger and I think that’ll help me out on the field. Also, I think we need to be more effective with some of our throws down the field and that’s something that I’ve certainly worked on early this offseason. And I think a combination of those two things will help our success.’’
“I think it’s one of those things you’ve got to give yourself every opportunity to play every week,’’ Ryan said. “And that’s one of the hardest things to do in the NFL. And, then also, have that endurance, when we get into November, December and January to be at your top form. That’s something that, quite frankly, I haven’t done a good enough job of in the past — playing my best football in January. That’s what I want to do better this year.”