How Matt Ryan plans to train with new teammates


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has been in the league long enough to know what works for him in the offseason. This experience extends until July, when he meets for some off-site work with his teammates.

There’s a lot of change happening around Ryan in 2022. A lot of it has to do with him playing for a different team for the first time in his career after spending 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

But one thing that won’t change is the individual training process with his new teammates. At 37, Ryan knows he has to be smarter with his arm to avoid fatigue. So throwing thousands of passes in a mass group is not expected.

Instead, Ryan will reunite with his new teammates in groups of two over the next month and a half, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.

Another result: Ryan can now do more for them, inside and outside the establishment. To that end, during the NFL’s summer break, he will train with talented Colts players in pairs, rather than rounding them all up at once, in California, Ohio, Atlanta and Indianapolis. The idea, he says, is “to go slow and steady with each guy” and give each player the work they need. Ryan also jokes, “I only have one arm,” so in a bigger frame, especially as he gets older, it’s harder to get everyone to work without burning out.

Head coach Frank Reich loved the idea, saying in an interview with Breer that he doesn’t know too many quarterbacks who go through the process like that.

“It’s great,” Reich said. “I don’t know too many guys who do it like that. I think it shows their experience and expertise as a leader and makes each experience more valuable, giving the other the attention that will help elevate their game, instead of bringing the whole group there- down. And like he said, he only has one arm.

Getting chemistry between Ryan and his new teammates will be vital. It’s already started, and it’s clear that he has a dominant presence in the dressing room. But in order to avoid a slow start, these individual workouts will be important.

The Colts have sent their veterans home for the rest of the offseason, but the work done over the next month and a half will be essential to getting off to a quick start.

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