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Top Jake Matthews News

  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Agrees to three-year extension

    Matthews and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Matthews' extension frees up some essential cap space for the Falcons, while keeping the standout left tackle in the building for the foreseeable future. Per Rapoport, Matthews will receive $52.5 million over the next three seasons, and his salary averages out to $18.5 million per year. The 2014 first-round pick remains the pillar of Atlanta's offensive front.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Restructures contract

    Matthews had his contract restructured Saturday to provide the Falcons $7.95 million in cap space, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

    The Falcons, like most teams, are pressed up against the cap, which necessitated the move. Matthews has been the cornerstone of the team's offensive line since being drafted in the first round back in 2014 and is under contract with the franchise for three more seasons.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Suits up for 16 games in 2020

    Matthews logged his 16th start of the season during Atlanta's 44-27 Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

    Matthews again proved to be durable during his seventh pro campaign out of Texas A&M, fielding 100 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in 15 of 16 games. He enjoyed a relatively clean 2020, going without a holding penalty while drawing only two false start flags all season. The 28-year-old is under contract for three more seasons at an average cap hit of $19.4 million, as the Falcons' front five aims to improve upon a turbulent campaign. Atlanta ranked 31st at just 3.7 yards per carry as a team, finishing tied for 23rd with 41 sacks allowed.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Playing Week 2

    Matthews (knee) is active Week 2 against Dallas.

    Matthews served as a limited participant in practice both Thursday and Friday, but early indications were that the left tackle will suit up despite a "questionable" designation. The morning's inactive report will ultimately confirm that, giving Matt Ryan and the passing attack an extra layer of protection.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: On track for Week 2

    Matthews (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Dallas, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    The left tackle's expected availability is good news for quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw 450 yards on 54 attempts in the Week 1 loss to Seattle. Another high-volume passing game could on the docket for Ryan again Sunday, as most sports books list the Atlanta-Dallas game with the highest total of the Week 2 slate.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Questionable against Cowboys

    Matthews is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus the Cowboys, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

    Matthews was limited for the last two practices of the week, which is a good sign for his availability Sunday. Matt Gono is ready to start at left tackle if Matthews can't go.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Trending in the right direction

    Matthews (knee) was upgraded to limited practice participation Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    The 2018 Pro Bowler sustained a knee injury during Sunday's loss to Seattle, but he was able to return to game action and finish out the contest. By making a practice appearance Thursday, Matthews is trending towards his 95th consecutive start as the Falcons travel to take on the Cowboys in Week 2.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Held out Monday

    Matthews (knee) did not participate during Wednesday's practice session, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

    The 28-year-old offensive tackle sustained the injury during Sunday's 38-25 loss to Seattle, but he was able to tough his way through the issue and play to the final whistle. Matthews is certainly a key fixture to Atlanta's offensive line as the blind-side protector to Matt Ryan, and one of two players among the unit who has ever played in a Pro Bowl. If there is a route for him to feasibly make his way back into the lineup, Atlanta will almost definitely roll him out for a crucial matchup against another 0-1 team in the Cowboys.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Draws praise from head coach

    Head coach Dan Quinn marveled at Matthews' approach to the game during a media session this week, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I would say the consistency of him has just been remarkable," Quinn explained. "He's really detailed in his approach."

    Matthews enters his seventh NFL campaign having displayed supreme durability to this point in his career, starting 95 of a possible 96 games since entering the league as the No. 6 overall draft choice in 2014. The 28-year-old left tackle is one of four sure starters along the Falcons' offensive line -- joining Alex Mack, Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary -- but left guard remains a question mark for Week 1. One year removed from the first Pro Bowl nod of his career, Matthews is playing at a high level as the protector of Matt Ryan's blind side.

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  • Falcons' Jake Matthews: Earns first career Pro-Bowl nod

    Matthews has replaced Washington's Trent Williams as a tackle on the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    A trusty protector of Matt Ryan's blind side, Matthews was a bright spot for an Atlanta offensive line that largely underperformed during 2018. The Falcons tied for fourth-worst in QB hits allowed (109) while also finishing bottom 10 in run blocking power success, per Football Outsiders. Matthews has delivered since being picked sixth overall in the 2014 draft, cashing in with a five-year, $75 million contract in July after four impressive pro campaigns, and this season committing a career-low three penalties while earning his first Pro-Bowl selection.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 309 lbs
Birthplace: Missouri City, TX
Age: 30
School: Texas A&M
Experience: 9