Oh, it’s time to go sit in some midday sun in early spring and pretend like the football we’re watching is actually the real thing. Yes, that’s right: It’s spring practice.
Elite Kids Marcus Gilchrist Jersey Some schools, like Duke, start spring ball ridiculously early, in the beginning of February. Others opt for later in the calendar, like Oregon, which doesn’t start things off until late March.
Spring practice start and end dates for most of the FBS are below, and we’ll maintain this table as more dates roll in. For the vast majority of programs, the final day of spring practice is the team’s “spring game,” but a few programs don’t hold them, and their structures can vary. This table includes teams’ last spring practice dates:
Matt Ryan has been exceptional throughout much of his time in Atlanta. His last four games, however, have been among the worst in his career. Ryan had three interceptions on the season going into the matchup against the Cardinals in Arizona, and since that time he has thrown nine interceptions total against Arizona, Carolina and Tampa Bay.
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Matt Ryan, in the grand scheme, is an excellent quarterback. Over the last four games in particular, however, Ryan is part of the problem. Ryan’s struggles aren’t occurring in a vacuum. Poor performances along the offensive line have dramatically impacted Ryan’s game, forcing him to develop a quicker release. Poor pass protection has also limited the vertical passing game. Ryan does not have enough time in the pocket for his receivers to run deep routes.
J.R. Ella of Canal Street Chronicles notes that the Saints have a strong defense for the first time in a long time, which will certainly be an issue for the hobbled Falcons: