Starting quarterback Matt Ryan was sharp for the second straight exhibition game, leading Atlanta to touchdowns in both of his series before the host New York Jets came back to beat the Falcons 30-22.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons’ starting offense are already clicking.
They just need teammates to catch up before the regular season begins.
Ryan was sharp for the second straight exhibition game, leading Atlanta to touchdowns in both of his series before the New York Jets came back to beat the Falcons 30-22 on Friday night.
“He’s really feeling it, in terms of his familiarity of the offense, where he has the ownership of it,” coach Dan Quinn said.
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Ryan was 4 of 5 for 75 yards, including a 60-yard completion to fullback Collin Mooney, and a 2-yard touchdown toss to Leonard Hankerson. Rookie Terron Ward also had a 4-yard touchdown run for the Falcons (1-1) who carved up the Jets’ touted starting defense.
“The first drive was jump-started by the explosive play by Collin Mooney,” Ryan said. “When you get going and you want to start fast, those plays help a lot.”
Ryan was 6 of 6 with a TD pass to Julio Jones in his one series with the starters last week against Tennessee.
Meanwhile, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets’ starters sputtered until facing Falcons backups midway through the second quarter. New York (1-1) was sparked by the defense on a safety by first-round pick Leonard Williams of USC.
Chris Ivory, a former Washington State player, followed less than two minutes later with a 33-yard TD run, and Fitzpatrick found Brandon Marshall for a two-point conversion that cut New York’s deficit to 14-10.
Fitzpatrick, who played just one series last week, finished 13 of 19 for 118 yards before being replaced by Bryce Petty late in the first half.
• Washington acquired tight end Derek Carrier, 25, from the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft choice.
• Dallas owner Jerry Jones suggested the Cowboys could sit quarterback Tony Romo and other starters for Sunday’s exhibition against San Francisco over concerns with the troublesome turf at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.