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Jake Matthews | Tackle

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/11/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 309
College: Texas A&M
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Falcons LT Jake Matthews (Lisfranc surgery) is expected to miss "most" of the team's offseason program.
"He decided to go through the procedure that he went through because he thought it was the best way to get himself back healthy by the beginning of the year," GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We have no concerns that way." While Week 1 shouldn't be a concern, it's not a guarantee Matthews will be ready for camp. He'll have to avoid setbacks. The Falcons can't take any chances with their blindside protector of the future. Feb 19 - 7:01 PM

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Falcons LT Jake Matthews is recovering from Lisfranc surgery.

We knew Matthews had a Lisfranc injury, but this is the first we've heard of surgery. Matthews went down in Week 17. Lisfranc injuries are one of the trickier ailments for players to come back from, and have varying timetables. Provided he progresses without setbacks, Matthews should be ready for training camp, but it's not a given. It's a concern for the Falcons' woefully undermanned offensive line.
Feb 19 - 3:58 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews is recovering from a Lisfranc injury.

Matthews suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's season-ending loss to the Panthers. Depending on if surgery is needed, he could be looking at a four-month timetable. Matthews will likely miss the early part of OTAs, but should be ready for 2015 training camp.
Jan 10 - 2:25 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews (ankle) was upgraded to "full" in Tuesday's practice.

Matthews is now on track to return for Thursday's game against the Bucs. It would be a huge relief for a Falcons team that sported arguably the worst tackle duo in the league (Gabe Carimi and Lamar Holmes) for Sunday's loss to the Bengals. It's possible Carimi will take over for Holmes on the right side.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews (ankle) said he expects to play in Thursday's game against the Bucs.

Getting Matthews back would not only solidify Matt Ryan's blind side, but it would let Gabe Carimi take over at right tackle for struggling Lamar Holmes.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 09:05:00 AM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 2.

The Falcons will be forced to start backup LT Gabe Carimi, who gave up a sack, four hurries and was penalized three times in place of Matthews last week. Matthews could be looking at an extended absence with the Falcons playing on a short week in Week 3.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 06:05:00 PM

The Falcons expect "more clarity" on LT Jake Matthews' (ankle) status on Friday.

Matthews missed his second-consecutive practice Thursday, but the Falcons aren't ready to rule him out. That's likely because they can't imagine a world where Gabe Carimi might be forced to protect Matt Ryan's blindside while Lamar Holmes mans right tackle. Matthews would be a massive loss for an offense that was humming in Week 1.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 03:53:00 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure does not expect LT Jake Matthews (ankle) to play in Week 2 at Cincinnati.

Matt Ryan owners are riding high after his Week 1, but there's a good chance Gabe Carimi will be his blind-side "protector" with Lamar Holmes at right tackle in this tough road matchup. In the tweet below, McClure likens Matthews' injury to Roddy White's in 2013. White had a high ankle sprain, tried to play through it, couldn't effectively, and had to shut it down for multiple weeks.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 09:12:00 AM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews got "good news" from Monday's MRI on his injured ankle.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the "damage isn't significant" to Matthews' ankle, and he "could play Sunday if he's not too sore." If Matthews can't play against a tough Bengals defense, the Falcons would turn to ex-Bears draft bust Gabe Carimi. Atlanta badly needs its rookie blind-side tackle out there.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 04:46:00 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews (ankle) is undergoing an MRI on Monday.

Oh boy. It's a sign the Falcons are fearing a high-ankle sprain, which could sideline Matthews for over a month. That's not a hit Atlanta's undermanned offensive line could afford to take. Matthews' status will be updated later Monday.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 01:58:00 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews is questionable to return after injuring his ankle in the second quarter.

Matthews was limping as he came out of the locker room for the second half, and is standing alone on the sideline. He is unlikely to return. Gabe Carimi is now in at left tackle.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 02:46:00 PM

The Falcons have moved No. 6 overall pick Jake Matthews to left tackle in the wake of Sam Baker's season-ending knee injury.

It's a no-brainer move for the Falcons, but it doesn't mean it will be an effective one. Lamar Holmes, who struggled badly in 15 starts last season, is now forced to slide in at right tackle. And Matthews will have a ton of pressure on him right away to protect Matt Ryan's blind side. The Falcons have holes in just about every position group except wide receiver and quarterback.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 12:11:00 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.
Wed, May 21, 2014 04:07:00 PM

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.

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 now a backup. And that is something with which Falcons fans should be quite pleased.
Fri, May 9, 2014 12:14:00 AM

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.
Thu, May 8, 2014 08:50:00 PM