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Atlanta Falcons team report: Ryan says he'll take down-field shots when available

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.—Quarterback Matt Ryan weighed in on the controversy on whether he should throw the ball downfield more often.

Fox TV analyst Jimmy Johnson criticized the Falcons for throwing so many underneath routes against the Bears. Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey said the Falcons won’t force the deep pass.

Ryan is fine with not forcing the ball down the field despite the fact that the Falcons made a big draft-day trade to acquire fleet receiver Julio Jones to couple with All-Pro Roddy White.

“The focus has to be on executing during practice and being prepared so that when opportunities down the field come, we take advantage of them,” Ryan said.

The Bears played their Tampa-2 zone and took away the deep pass. Once the Falcons fell behind, they threw a bunch of check-down and underneath routes when Ryan was able to pass. He was sacked five times and hit 11 times.

Notes: WR Harry Douglas, who suffered a head injury, and fullback Ovie Mughelli, who suffered a knee injury, returned to practice Thursday. Douglas’ injury wasn’t that serious. He said his helmet came up under his eye late in the game and was quickly in and out the league’s concussion protocol. … DT Corey Peters (knee) and White (knee) both fully participated in practice. … CB Christopher Owens (ankle) and C Todd McClure (knee) continued to work with the trainers. … DT Jonathan Babineaux (torn MCL) did not practice and has already been declared out for the game.

Since he's already out of the protocol and he practiced fully today, he should be ready to go on sunday, right?

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Its good to see him back at practice but we need to use him in games. I thought he was going to have a great game last week because he had two early catches and I can't remember how many times we went to him since. MM and Ryan need to get HD involved, he can be a big playmaker.

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