MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- It only took five plays for the Atlanta Falcons to get in front.
The Falcons put their high-powered offense on display right away in their first preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium, proving nothing is changing offensively despite a new offensive coordinator.
After the defense was able to force a three-and-out, new return man Andre Roberts mustered up a 39-yard return to put the Falcons in good field position. Then, Matt Ryan came out firing.
He found tight-end Austin Hooper for a first down on the first play for a 12 yard gain. After Devonta Freeman rushed for three yards, Ryan threw a pass to Mohamed Sanu, who went up and made a beautiful one-handed grab.
Two plays later, it was Devonta Freeman on a flat route, and he caught a pass from Ryan and ran 15 yards for the touchdown.
Ryan threw to three different receivers, went 3-for-3, and while it's a minuscule sample size, the reigning MVP seems to be picking up right where he left off.
The offensive starters were pretty much done after the opening drive, which gave the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
Last season, the Falcons scored a franchise high 540 points, and last season scored on several consecutive opening drives throughout the season.
But with Kyle Shanahan leaving the Falcons to become the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, there was uncertainty surrounding the offense with former college coach Steve Sarkisian coming in.
Ryan had nothing but good things to say after his first preseason drive.
"I think it's been great. Sark's been really easy to work with," Ryan told the broadcast crew. "From a player standpoint, it's easy for me. The offense has stayed the same."
Ryan said Sarkisian's play calling from the headset worked out well.
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