Indianapolis Colts’ Matt Ryan leadership shows up at OTAs

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan may be new to the team, but the leadership role in the organization is nothing new for the 37-year-old.

In Week 2 of OTA, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said Ryan tore offensive players apart after a series of back-to-back errors and mistakes during a walkthrough.

“He’s a real pro, the impact he’s had so far as a leader in the dressing room, it’s amazing to see,” Buckner said via WISH-TV’s Charlie Clifford. “Two days ago, we’re going through a walkthrough, almost at the end of the walkthrough, and the offense made a couple of mistakes. He got the whole offense together in a huddle and just got them tore a new one.

Ryan has plenty of experience leading the offense in his 14 seasons as a starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. Now, he will look to bring that same leadership to the Colts.

Buckner, who is a leader on the team himself, said it was encouraging to see Ryan stepping into that capacity despite only being on the team for a few months.

“Just to be able to see that, to see him take charge and command the attack in such a short time, and also to see the guys responding to it in a positive way, it’s just great to see. It pushes the defense to participate in our game as well,” Buckner said.

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

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