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Still standing: Falcons’ Ryan embraces elder statesman role

Jul 31, 2021 - The Miami Herald

Matt Ryan feels like the last man standing with the Atlanta Falcons, not that it’s a bad thing.

Ryan has nobody left from his rookie year of 2008 still with the team. And he’s one of just four starters — Jake Matthews, Deion Jones and Grady Jarrett are the others — left from the Super Bowl team of 2016.

But as much as he misses departed teammates like star receiver Julio Jones, the 36-year-old quarterback takes pride in working with younger players who he says push him to get...