QB Matt Ryan Moves To Jaguar AFC South Rival Colts

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In Week 18 of the 2021 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars eliminated the Indianapolis Colts from playoff contention, putting an unceremonious end to the Carson Wentz era. When you consider that Indy hasn’t won at TIAA Bank Field since 2014, this isn’t shocking. In 2022, however, quarterback Matt Ryan may make things interesting between these two AFC South foes.

Indy has acquired Ryan in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. Ryan’s 14-year tenure as Atlanta Falcons quarterback comes to an end with the trade.

He was the first overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Boston College, and he leaves Atlanta having completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 59,735 yards, 367 touchdowns, and 170 interceptions.

The Colts decided to trade for a proven veteran instead of dipping their toes in the free-agent quarterback market after shipping Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders. With choices like Jameis Winston and Mitch Trubiski, it’s easy to see why the Colts went with Ryan, who has four Pro Bowl appearances and one First-Team All-Pro selection in his NFL career.

Wentz was acquired by Indianapolis last season, but his time did not go as planned, with reports that he refused to embrace tough coaching and exhibited poor leadership abilities.

Matt Ryan’s arrival in the AFC South should be welcomed by the Jaguars.
The Colts didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2022 draft, and there weren’t many appealing choices on the open market, so it was unclear which path they’d choose to fix their quarterback dilemma. But now it’s evident. While it would have been fantastic to watch Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson face off against Wentz (the two formerly worked together in Philadelphia), Ryan presents a difficult challenge that he should relish.

The Jags, you see, have been active in free agency, adding to various positions groups. They aren’t, however, the only team in the AFC South, let alone the conference, that has improved.

Ryan may be past his prime, but he’s still a better quarterback than Wentz, and if the Jaguars can’t beat the Colts, what hope do they have against powerhouses like the Kansas City Chiefs?

The Jaguars have their work cut out for them if they want to compete in the AFC South, but Ryan’s addition to the division should motivate them to improve. The Tennessee Titans still lead the division, but the Houston Texans could surprise everyone in 2022. The Jaguars, on the other hand, are taking steps to keep up with their division rivals and should not be underestimated.