Matt Ryan has shown two things in this game vs. the Saints so far. First, he is still a rookie quarterback. His interception in the first quarter was badly telegraphed. This was possibly a miscommunication between the quarterback and receiver.
Second, while Ryan is only a rookie, he’s one of the best rookie quarterbacks we have seen in the league in quite some time. Ryan’s 59-yard pass to Roddy White was a perfectly executed “scramble drill” — Ryan found his deepest receiver, and was able to put enough on the ball while running to let White make a play. There are less than 10 quarterbacks playing the game who could have diagnosed and executed that play the way Ryan did. The long pass play set up a Michael Turner touchdown.
– Scott Hanson