Ideally-sized for the NFL O-line, and a proven producer. Smart and knowledgeable, and can excel at either left tackle or right tackle. Does an especially great job opening holes for the run game. Brings excellent maturity, character, leadership qualities, and bloodlines to the line.
Needs to improve his mobility to show he can pass-block as well as he run-blocks in the pro game. May need to narrow his focus a little to get the most out of his star potential in the NFL. Might take a little while adapting to explosive edge rushers.
High-upside offensive tackle.
Movements & Injuries
Ankle injury, out.
Signed by the Atlanta Falcons to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1st round (6th Overall) in 2014.
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2. | 09/12/2014 8:43 PM
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.
Matthews left the Week 1 matchup against the Saints with an ankle injury. Gabe Carimi replaced Matthews last week and will play left tackle on Sunday against the Bengals. Carimi allowed a sack, four hurries and took three penalties in place of Matthews last week. Until Matthews returns, Matt Ryan should feel some more pressure on his blind side.
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter. | 09/07/2014 3:05 PM
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is questionable to return after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Matthews was limping as he came out of the locker room for the second half, and did not have his helmet. He is unlikely to return. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown two touchdowns already, but this is not good for his protection.
Falcons get No. 6 pick OT Matthews' deal done | 05/21/2014 4:07 PM
Falcons signed No. 6 overall pick OT Jake Matthews to a four-year contract.
It comes with a fifth-year club option for 2018. Matthews was the second tackle off the board, behind Greg Robinson at No. 2 overall to the Rams. The former Texas A&M Aggie is expected to begin his career at right tackle in Atlanta, but it wouldn't be a shock if he and LT Sam Baker flip-flop. Baker is coming off a bad 2013 season that was cut short due to knee problems.
Falcons GM: Matthews will start on right side | 05/09/2014 12:14 AM
Speaking after the first round of the draft, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said No. 6 overall pick OT Jake Matthews would start out at right tackle.
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It's the politically-correct answer, but Matthews should get every opportunity to unseat Sam Baker on the blindside. Recovering from knee surgery, Baker was dreadful in four games last season, and has been a bust outside of his outlier 2012. Regardless of where Matthews plays, Lamar Holmes is headed to the bench.
Falcons try to fix line, select OT Matthews | 05/08/2014 8:50 PM
Falcons selected Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
It's an obvious pick for a team that received embarrassing tackle play last season. We'd expect Matthews to immediately slide in at left tackle, shifting Sam Baker to the right side. Matthews (6-foot-5 1/2, 308) is the son of Hall-of-Fame guard Bruce, and a two-time first-team All-SEC pick. A four-year starter for the Aggies, Matthews played right tackle his first three seasons before replacing Luke Joeckel on Johnny Manziel's blindside in 2013. What Matthews lacks on Greg Robinson and Taylor Lewan in build and athleticism he compensates for with pro-ready technique and superb hand use. He's a bit short armed (33 3/8"), but can play all five positions on the line and projects as a plus rookie starter.