INDIANAPOLIS — “A breath of fresh air” is how Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady described having veteran quarterback Matt Ryan because the staff’s new starter. Brady was referring to having one other voice exterior of simply the teaching employees in the course of the staff’s offseason exercises.

To some, the breath of fresh air might even have meant Carson Wentz‘s brief keep had formally ended since Ryan is now throwing passes and dealing along with his teammates throughout exercises.

“You really feel him on this constructing,” Colts defensive coordinator Gus Bradley stated of Ryan.

Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner stated Ryan reminds him of former teammate Philip Rivers, one other veteran who spent most of his profession with one staff — the Chargers — earlier than ending it with the Colts in 2020.

A presence at quarterback is strictly what the Colts want. The kind of presence that carries the respect of the coaches, contained in the locker room along with his teammates, and on the soccer discipline.

That’s what Ryan has introduced already since being acquired from the Atlanta Falcons in March.

“I can’t even inform you how refreshing he’s. [He has a] very robust opinion, but additionally very partaking, however very humble, like very humble,” Colts coach Frank Reich stated. “Very humble however very robust. It’s simply good. It’s a extremely good dynamic, very skilled in each method. It’s only a collaboration, however he additionally understands he’s coming in and studying a brand new offense, and he feels that proper now, he feels it.”

The Colts, who’ve been searching for stability at quarterback since Andrew Luck’s retirement almost three years in the past, don’t take a look at Ryan’s keep in Indianapolis as a fast one. Owner Jim Irsay stated over draft weekend that he would love Ryan, who turns 37 on May 17, to quarterback the staff for the subsequent three, probably 4, seasons.

The offseason exercises are nonetheless within the toddler phases. The passes Ryan is throwing to his receivers are routes towards air. Time will inform if issues will run simply as easily shifting ahead, as a result of bear in mind, there was this similar sort of vibe presently final 12 months with Wentz.

“I can not say sufficient about Matt Ryan,” Irsay stated. “There’s no method I can sit right here and clarify to you, until you take a look at [general manager] Chris [Ballard] and Frank and totally different individuals on this group’s eyes, and see the distinction that goes on proper now as a result of of Matt Ryan being on this constructing. His professionalism, his stature nonetheless at 36 and coming in right here, and we actually are lucky.”

Ryan’s expertise shall be wanted as a result of the Colts have a younger receiving room. Of the receivers presently on the roster, just one — 25-12 months-previous Keke Coutee — is over 24. And whereas the entrance workplace and training employees imagine within the younger group, particularly because the Colts have but to signal an outdoor free agent at that place, there may very well be some tough moments.

That means endurance shall be a necessity for Ryan.

“These guys are younger, for certain, however their perspective, their power, their sense of professionalism for younger gamers is admittedly good, and I’ve been impressed with them,” Ryan stated. “… I believe as a veteran participant, there’s a stage of endurance that has to include it, and it’s a sluggish, meticulous method to making an attempt to enhance, however I believe [Ballard] does a terrific job right here of making an attempt to get the suitable individuals within the constructing. From my brief quantity of time right here, I get that sense from the fellows.”

This isn’t the primary time that Ryan has labored with a gaggle of youthful receivers. Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts had been all rookies catching passes from Ryan at totally different instances throughout his 14-12 months profession with the Falcons.

But the Colts don’t have a Jones, Ridley or Pitts, all former first-spherical draft picks, on their roster. Michael Pittman Jr., who had 1,082 yards final season, is the closest Indianapolis has to that stage of expertise.

Former Falcons receiver Roddy White taught Ryan about endurance early within the quarterback’s profession with Atlanta after Ryan got here in with a demanding persona. That second has caught with Ryan through the years, and it is one thing that may assist him when the inevitable bumps that come about for the Colts’ younger receivers subsequent season.

“I believe the best way the league is ready up now, regardless of whether or not or not you’re in the identical constructing or a brand new staff, there’s a lot transition, there’s so many participant transactions that happen, a lot fluidity throughout the roster, that you just’re continuously having guys come out and in of the constructing,” Ryan stated. “You can’t have an affordable expectation that they’re going to know the system in addition to you do, and also you’ve acquired to be actually good along with your communication and understanding, and affected person with typically simply the quantity of quantity that you just give guys.

“I believe typically, you see a sure ability set and also you say he can do all these items. But he’s not going to do any of them effectively when you overload them … It’s placing that steadiness and being affected person. Not making an attempt to, you realize, overload them mentally in order that their bodily ability set doesn’t present up.”

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