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Transcript: Matt Ryan postgame interview


On facing the Patriots and their ability to keep the ball away from the defense…

"I think that they had a pretty good time of possession tonight, but that's kind of their M.O.. They do a really good job with that. Their defense is good. [Patriots Head Coach] Bill Belichick always has those guys ready to go with a good scheme. I think we did some things pretty well and we have a lot of positives to draw from. Now it's about getting back to work, continuing to improve and make sure that we're peaking at the right time."

On advice to the younger players…

"The biggest thing is to keep hustling, keep working hard and continue to improve. One of the things I think we've done pretty well is we haven't made the same mistakes twice, especially in the first unit. When you have good guys, I think that's the sign of a good team and a good offense. Trying not make those mistakes twice. That's some of the things that you tell those young guys."

On having a combined practice followed by a pre-season game with the Patriots…

"I thought it worked really well. I thought that we had two really productive practices with New England earlier this week and then we went out and played tonight. Again, there were some positive things that we can draw from it. All in all, I thought it was a good experience and it gave us some really good work against a 3-4 [defense], which is going to be prevalent for us at the beginning of the season. I think that work that we had with them is going to pay dividends throughout the year."

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