Falcons’ Jake Matthews Is Proving to Be a Difference-Maker on the Blind Side

September 23, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Rookie left tackle Jake Matthews is already making an impact for the Atlanta Falcons. 
After three weeks of play, the Falcons are 2-1 overall. It just so happens the two victories were the games Matthews manned quarterback Matt Ryan's blind side. While a rookie offensive lineman isn't the sole reason behind winning or losing each game, his presence in the lineup is a drastic improvement over the other healthy veterans on the roster. 
When the Falcons selected Matthews with the sixth overall pick in May's NFL draft, the plan was to play him at right tackle with veteran Sam Baker on the left side. 
Unfortunately, Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason, which forced Matthews to make an earlier-than-expected transition to left tackle. 
The rookie took the change in stride and wasn't overwhelmed during his first start. But Matthews suffered a sprained ankle during the Falcons' 37-34 overtime victory against the New Orleans Sai...

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