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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matthews agreed to terms on a five-year, $75 million deal with Atlanta on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Shortly after Matt Ryan signed his record-breaking contract in May, general manager Thomas Dimitroff identified Matthews as one of the Falcons' foremost priorities in terms of finalizing a multi-year extension. Evidently, the 26-year-old tackle is part of Atlanta's long-term plan, as Matthews now becomes the NFL's third highest-paid offensive lineman behind only Taylor Lewan and Nate Solder. Since entering the league as the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Matthews has missed just one game in four seasons, and he was the cornerstone of an offensive line that tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed last year.
Matthews had his fifth-year option exercised by the Falcons on Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.
Matthews was a first-round pick in 2014, and the activated option will keep him in Atlanta through the 2018 season. The tackle was an intricate part of a Falcons offense that averaged 415.8 total yards per game in 2016, good for second best in the NFL. However, Atlanta did surrender 2.4 quarterback sacks per game last season, which ranked in the NFL's bottom 10, so Matthews and the rest of the offensive line will look to shore up their pass protection this coming season.
Matthews (knee) is active Sunday against the Rams.
Matthews was uncertain to play after spraining his knee last week against the Chiefs.
Matthews (knee) is questionable for Sunday's matchup with Los Angeles.
Matthews was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday after spraining his knee in Week 13 but he was able to practice in a limited fashion on Friday. If he's held out on Sunday look for Tom Compton to see a spot start.
Although Matthews sprained his left knee during Sunday's game against the Chiefs, head coach Dan Quinn relayed he's hopeful the lineman will return to practice Thursday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Even if he is able to practice this week, Matthews isn't a lock to play Sunday against the Rams.
Matthews (knee) was unable to return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Matthews will now have to wait until Week 14 against the Rams to make his return at left tackle, although he's no lock to play at this point in time. Tom Compton would likely be in line to start in Matthews' place if he's forced to miss additional action.
Matthews suffered a knee injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs and is questionable to return, B.J. Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
As long as Matthews remains out, look for Tom Compton to take over for the Falcons at left tackle.
Matthews (wrist) was a full participant in practice Friday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Matthews has started every game for the Falcons this season, but is dealing with a nagging wrist injury. However, he currently appears on track to play again Sunday against the Packers.
The Falcons had two offensive linemen cleared to practice on Thursday.
Left tackle Jake Matthews, recovering from offseason foot surgery, will be able to participate in the team's first practice of training camp on Friday. His reps may be limited, however.
"It feels good," Matthews said, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I'm ready to go. I'm cleared to do anything. When we start tomorrow, I will be out there and playing. I'm excited. It's been awhile."
Right guard Jon Asamoah was also cleared to begin practice. He suffered an ankle injury in the offseason.
The Falcons are without three probable starters on their offensive line as they continue to go through organized team activities, per ESPN.com.
Left tackle Jake Matthews is still recovering from a Lisfranc ligament tear in his foot. Right guard Jon Asamoah has been held out of practice with an undisclosed injury. Center Joe Hawley is still rehabbing from an ACL and MCL tear in his knee.
Offensive line coach Chris Morgan says the team will continue to prepare with the players they have available while those who are injured continue to recover.
"These guys are working hard," Morgan said. "The guys who are out here, it's just the next man up. And they've done a good job with that so far."
The Falcons signed right guard Chris Chester recently to help fill the void left on the offensive line by injury.
Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is recovering after undergoing foot surgery and will miss most of the team's offseason program, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
"Jake is healing very well," general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday. "He knows his body. He takes really good care of how he approaches his body."
Matthews played through a high ankle sprain last season and suffered another injury in the season finale.
"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," Dimitroff said. "We have no concerns that way."
Matthews, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft, ranked 84th out of 84 tackles in 2014, per Pro Football Focus.