The Atlanta Falcons are moving rookie Jake Matthews to left tackle after initially planning to start him at right tackle due to Sam Baker’s season injury.
Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Jake Matthews was drafted with the sixth overall pick, and he was expected to start at right tackle right away.
However, the Falcons lost starting left tackle Sam Baker for the season with a torn patella tendon. This will force the Falcons to speed up Matthews’ development, and he only has one year of experience at left tackle.
This came in his senior season at Texas A&M after Luke Joeckel left. It remains to be seen how well he can do protecting Matt Ryan’s blind side after protecting Johnny Manziel’s.
Lamar Holmes will move to right tackle to fill the void left by Matthews. Matthews struggled on some plays in the Falcons’ most recent preseason game against the Houston Texans, who demonstrated a fierce pass rush.
The Falcons experienced problems with their offensive line last season, and things will not be any easier with Baker out for the season, but Matthews is promising enough to give the Falcons confidence that he can fill the void.