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When a team's franchise quarterback is also its best player, that's a good thing. Matt Ryan showed last season that the Falcons have one of the best quarterbacks in the league at their disposal regardless of whether he has top options or not.
However, last year also showed that Ryan needs as much protection as he can get. The Falcons quarterback isn't exactly known for being mobile or the best in a muddled pocket. But he improved in both areas in 2013 and could use that experience to his advantage in 2014.
The Falcons did give him some help in the form of another receiver by the name of Devin Hester and by improving the line right in front of him with No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews and a good-value free agent in Jon Asamoah. Now it's time for him to go earn the contract extension that kicks in this year.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, college football, the NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.