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Ryan still getting rookie treatment

1/3/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

PHOENIX -- Got a very interesting question from a reader the other day, asking if Atlanta's Matt Ryan still gets the rookie treatment.

I suspected I knew the answer but I wanted to make sure before writing anything. As expected, Ryan may be the leader of this team, but he's still treated as a kid by his teammates.

"He's very much still a rookie in that sense,'' a Falcons' official just told me.

Some of Ryan's duties include bringing doughnuts to the team facility in the morning, buying chicken for team flights and making fast-food runs to get lunch for the veterans.