Matt Ryan looking to bulk up for coming season

If the Atlanta Falcons land on HBO’s summer series “Hard Knocks,” Matt Ryan hopes he looks a little bigger on television.

That is because the quarterback has placed a priority on bulking up this offseason. He wants to get bigger to handle the rigors of the position and also be more effective throwing the deep ball.

“Heading into each offseason, I try and take two or three things, two or three areas to really improve on,” Ryan said during a visit on 790 The Zone, according to sporrsradiointerviews.com. “And this year it was getting a little bit stronger in the weight rooms. So I’ve been working out pretty hard this offseason to try and put on a little bit of weight to get a little bit stronger. And I think that’ll help me out on the field. Also, I think we need to be more effective with some of our throws down the field, and that’s something that I’ve certainly worked on early this offseason. And I think the combination of those two things will help our success.”

Ryan said bulking up will do more than help him hang tough in the pocket. It’s also to help him have the stamina and endurance needed for a full NFL season.

“I think, stronger to take the hits, I think it’s one of those things you gotta give yourself every opportunity to play every week,” he said. “And that’s one of the hardest things to do in the NFL. And then also, have that endurance, when we get into November, December, January, to be at your top form. And that’s something that, quite frankly, I haven’t done a good enough job of in the past — playing my best football in January. And that’s what I wanna do better this year.”

Is he good with the idea of appearing on HBO?

“You know what? I have heard the reports, kinda just like everybody else,” Ryan said. “I think, first I’ll say I’ve been a fan of the show for as long as I can remember. I think it’s always really well done and it offers some unique perspective into what NFL training camp is like. But from my perspective as a player, I think whatever our organization decides to do, my focus during that time is gonna be on preparing for the season. And whether there’s cameras there or there’s not, it’s up to the organization to decide.”

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