It’s midseason in the NFL—and in the first season with an even number of weeks in recent memory, it’s actually midseason. For the persnickety among us (hello, friends), this is a great development.

As it is midseason, I decided to rattle off a few names who have popped off the film for me so far. Some of these players have good advanced metrics, some don’t. All I know is that when I watch them play, I’m impressed by their improvements, their quick adjustments to new roles, or their generally awesome and underappreciated play. There’s no easy title for this: It’s just my midseason film all-stars, but not exactly all-stars—just players who are good.

Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Don’t look now, but Matt Ryan’s back like never before, baby!

OK, not exactly like never before. Remember MVP Matt Ryan? In 2016, when he was the quarterback for Kyle Shanahan’s passing game in Atlanta, he ran an under-center, wide-zone, boot-action-heavy passing attack that would foreshadow the offensive explosion to come over the next five years. Per PFF, he ran play-action on over 27 percent of his dropbacks and pushed the ball downfield with an average depth of target of 12.5 yards on those play-action drops.

New offenses asked for new things over the next few seasons, but with Arthur Smith at the helm and a Shanahan-inspired offense back in Atlanta, Ryan is back to his old ways. He’s running play-action on over 28 percent of his dropbacks, and while his average depth of target is only 8.3 yards, his completion percentage jumps up over 11 percentage points on those play-action drops. Atlanta isn’t necessarily built for deeper targets now, with Calvin Ridley absent and Julio Jones traded—but trust me, that’s in the plan for this rebuild. It’s the character of this Smith offense.

There’s a lot left to be figured out in Atlanta, but they’ve been improving on a weekly basis as they settle in to the new offensive scheme. Ryan is fifth in completion percentage over expectation and ninth in expected points added per dropback over the last four weeks, putting him in the elite echelon of quarterback play. If Atlanta can improve the offensive line and add another pass catcher, this offense is ready to compete in the final years of Ryan’s contract.

Running Back: Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys

It’d be easy to mistake the running back room in Dallas as a traditional rotation. Ezekiel Elliott, the early-drafted player and lead back for the past few seasons, is the physical, between-the-tackles runner and key pass protector. Pollard is the lighter, quicker scatback used on outside runs, screens, and quick routes on passing downs.