Falcons lead the NFL with 28 dropped passes

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) forces an interception off the hands of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Marvin Hall (17) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Working on a story about the offense and came across this gem.

The Falcons lead the league in dropped passes along with San Francisco.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown 12 interceptions, with seven of them come off dropped passes, including this one against the Saints, which ended up landing on Marshon Lattimore’s butt. He grabbed it before it hit the ground, those creating a “Butt pick.”

DROPPED PASSES BY FALCONS RECEIVERS

Julio Jones     7

Mohamed Sanu    4

Devonta Freeman 4

Austin Hooper  3

Tevin Coleman  3

Taylor Gabriel 2

Justin Hardy    2

Marvin Hall    2

Levine Toilolo 1

TOTAL           28

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54 comments
patriotdog
patriotdog

Same receivers as last year when nothing was dropped, it seemed. Concentration is the reason a pass is dropped if it squarely hits the receivers’ hands. Matt has thrown some passes that were off target, just high enough or behind the receiver enough to be tipped but not caught. Others have hit receivers in stride and in the hands and were dropped.

The offense is just not in sync. The good news is they are better than Shanahan’s first year. The better news is they’ll be better under Sark next year. They move between the 20s, but falter in the red zone. They’ll clean that up in ‘18.

As for next week. Enjoy the playoff game. It’ll be the last Falcon performance until September, I’m afraid.

Shaun Piazza
Shaun Piazza

Still not sure why Marvin Hall was in on critical 3rd down play and Julio was on the sideline with his helmet on trying to go in ... Marvin Hall is ok but he’s not Julio

Jeffrey 'Jeff' Brown
Jeffrey 'Jeff' Brown

Receivers are paid to catch the ball. One of the greatest receivers to ever play said if it hits your hands you should always catch it. That was Raymond Berry who played with a QB that was once cut by the Steelers......a guy named Unitas. It’s not ALWAYS the QB’s fault.

Garland Pack
Garland Pack

Matt Ryan and the WR’s only clicked once this season, against Tampa Bucs. They looked like the team they used to be.

Jeremy Stevens
Jeremy Stevens

And yet we still her how bad Ryan is and we should get rid of him

Kevin Harrison
Kevin Harrison

No doubt. And half of those were tipped n picked

Charlie C Walton
Charlie C Walton

Falcons receivers had some the best hands in football in 2016 , hence Matt Ryan winning MVP last year this year they have some of the Worst hands in football, no coincidence Ryan's numbers are down and he's thrown more picks that weren't his fault but the wideouts

Darian Williams
Darian Williams

ALL THESE DROPS OR TIPPED PASSES HAVE BEEN HIGH . They still should’ve been caught, Ryan hasn’t been all that accurate either.

Nate Bedgood
Nate Bedgood

I’m averaging 2/3 interceptions a game with Matt Ryan on madden LOL!

Felipe Usury
Felipe Usury

Ryan has 12 interceptions and 7 from dropped passes. He is clearly not the problem. For the most part we have the same offensive players from last season. It appears that player expectations changed when we changed offensive coordinators. Shanahan demanded more and Sarkisian is the opposite. Those dropped passes indicate no sense of urgency, a lackadaisical attitude and lack of focus. It starts with the coaches mindset. If they lead and set the tone, the players will follow.

John Montague
John Montague

I am not a Matt basher... best QB we have ever had....but don’t tell me a QB touch, placement and velocity doesn’t have anything to do with this.

Laboise Williams
Laboise Williams

And this is huge part of why we are in the position we are in now

Antonio Bostic
Antonio Bostic

The very reason if they get booted outa playoff contention..it's not just Matt's fault..it's a team sport..

Kenneth Brace
Kenneth Brace

i blame the coaching staff especially dan quinn who should be getting on the offensive coordinator for his calls and then the players as well. That what i liked about kyle is wanted to stretch the ball out to everyone in the beginning of this year our new coordinator said juilo will get the ball more and that was a mistake and shouldnt of happened. It shows when you go from scoring 35 pts a game to scoring 23 a game in one year. They dont deserve the playoffs and maybe that will get someones attention.....

Lee Wong
Lee Wong

This is pathetic. But Ryan is to blame as well because his accuracy and ball placement are poor.

Michael Hall Jr.
Michael Hall Jr.

Falcons are ALWAYS on the wrong side of the record books!

Marques High
Marques High

Matt Ryan has only thrown 5 interceptions that didn't touch his receivers hands first. You could argue 4 cause one came off Austin Hooper rounding off a crossing route (HOW?) and then falling after Matt threw it to him

Max Gray
Max Gray

???? Who do you blame or why blame anyone

Walter Gordon Jr.
Walter Gordon Jr.

Hiring a WR Coach that has actually played WR could be step in the right direction

Nathan Edwards Jr.
Nathan Edwards Jr.

And ppl will still blame matt... that's not good when your receivers cause more interceptions than the actual quarterback but ppl will find reasons to criticize him smh.... it's time for the team to step up now it's either put up or shut up no excuses

Phil Hammond
Phil Hammond

Exactly.... put the blame where it lies. Receivers need to catch balls that hit them in the hands. If they don't it's not the quarterbacks fault!

Stephen Adams
Stephen Adams

good ole noodle arm leading his team to victory.

Brian Lathrop
Brian Lathrop

Stephen Adams won’t do any good to throw it 40 yards when the receivers don’t catch it. Pretty sure he’s throwing it farther than you ever have.

Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee

With 8 of 12 INT’s off receiver hands.

Homer Davis
Homer Davis

If ya don't practice what do ya expect ?

Dale Lancaster
Dale Lancaster

I've never seen such ridiculous bad luck for a quarterback. At least half of Ryan's interceptions are crazy type plays that you almost never see happen.

Dale Lancaster
Dale Lancaster

Reminded me alot of that garbage catch by Edelman in, you know, that one game....

Dale Lancaster
Dale Lancaster

I'm sure of it. Alot of them should be credited to the receivers.

Phil Hammond
Phil Hammond

Tipped balls.... we were taught If you can't catch it don't Let anyone else catch it..... take it to the ground

Dale Lancaster
Dale Lancaster

Official stat. "7 of Ryan's 12 interceptions came off a receivers hands "

Steve Adams
Steve Adams

How many ended up in the opponent’s hands? The TO ratio and our continued struggles in the red zone will be something to look back on if we end up shut out of the playoffs.

Matthew JW
Matthew JW

Another question is how much do they practice redzone. We been bad for years now

Michael Suggs
Michael Suggs

Would have beat Carolina in the first matchup had Julio not dropped that TD ball in the end zone......

John Lake
John Lake

Wellllll, Raheem Morris was never a receiver and also never coached offense except for the last 2 years.

Matthew JW
Matthew JW

You blaming the coach for the dropped passes?

John Lake
John Lake

If they lead the league, it might be a systemic problem. A position coach is in place for a reason. That's all I'm saying.

John Lake
John Lake

Maybe, but also you can get diminishing returns from someone. Maybe last year, they still had Robiskie's teaching fresh in their minds.