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Falcons finish with 68 yards off screens

1/4/2012

The final results are in and I’m happy to announce the Atlanta Falcons gained a grand total of 68 yards on screen passes this season.

Although the Falcons say they have plenty of screens in their playbook, they don’t use them very often. Quarterback Matt Ryan attempted just 20 screens during the regular season and completed 16 of them.

Kevin Kolb (62 yards), Matt Cassel (17 yards) and Kyle Orton (17 yards) are the only quarterbacks with fewer yards on screen passes than Ryan, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The difference there is that Ryan started all 16 games, while Kolb, Cassel and Orton all missed time due to injuries or poor performance.

Carolina rookie Cam Newton led the NFL with 497 yards on screen passes, while completing 58 of 63. New Orleans’ Drew Brees was No. 4 with 437 yards. Brees completed 54 of 62 screens.

Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman was No. 11 with 290 yards. He completed 39 of 46 screen attempts.