Projected Week 1 starter: Matt Ryan

Backups: Matt Schaub, Garrett Grayson, Kurt Benkert

2018 outlook: Matt Ryan threw for 4,095 yards last season, good for sixth in the NFL it was his lowest total since 2010. The Falcons have little reason to worry.

In case of emergency: It's tough to imagine Matt Schaub coming in to save a tight game for the Falcons against a division rival like the Saints or Panthers, but if you can close your eyes and heave a ball up for Julio Jones, you always have a chance.

Long term plans: Matt Ryan is 33 and doesn't look to be moving any time soon, but it's likely that the Falcons will want to invest in a backup younger than Schaub (37) soon.

Did you know: Matt Ryan ranks eighth for most consecutive NFL games (30) with a touchdown pass

When the Atlanta Falcons selected Matt Ryan with the third pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, they took a massive risk for an already struggling franchise.

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