Matt Ryan’s leadership showing through during OTAs

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan may be new to the team, but the role of being a leader in the organization is nothing new to the 37-year-old.

During the second week of OTAs, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said Ryan ripped into the offensive players after a series of consecutive errors and mistakes during a walkthrough.

“He is a true pro man, the impact that he has had so far as a leader inside the locker room, it is unbelievable to see,” Buckner said via Charlie Clifford of WISH-TV. “Two days ago, we are going through walkthrough, almost at the tail end of walkthrough, and the offense had some errors. He got the whole offense into a huddle and just ripped them a new one.”

Ryan has plenty of experience being the leader in the offense during his 14 seasons as the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Now, he’ll be looking to bring that same leadership to the Colts.

Buckner, who is a leader on the team in his own right, said it was encouraging to see Ryan step up in that capacity despite being with the team for just a few months.

“Just being able to see that, seeing him take charge and command of the offense in such a short period of time, and also to see the guys respond in a positive way to it, it has just been awesome to see. It drives the defense to be on our game, too,” Buckner said.

The Colts are hoping to compete for a playoff spot and the top spot in the AFC South during the 2022 season with Ryan being a key factor in that endeavor.

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