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January 25, 2019 08:40 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Earns first career Pro-Bowl nod
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 27, 2018 02:04 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Receiving contract extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 25, 2017 03:56 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Falcons pick up fifth-year option
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 11, 2016 03:35 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Active Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Matthews (knee) is active Sunday against the Rams.

Matthews was uncertain to play after spraining his knee last week against the Chiefs.

December 9, 2016 07:45 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Questionable for Week 14
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 5, 2016 07:10 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Sprains knee
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 4, 2016 05:05 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Unable to return Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 4, 2016 02:40 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Questionable to return to Sunday's contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 28, 2016 10:41 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews: Practices in full Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 30, 2015 04:10 PM
Falcons' Jake Matthews, Jon Asamoah cleared to practice
by Shawn Krest |

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. 

June 12, 2015 04:28 AM
Injuries continue to hamper Falcons offensive line
by Ruben Palacios | CBS Sports Staff

The Falcons are without three probable starters on their offensive line as they continue to go through organized team activities, per

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.

June 1, 2015 04:06 PM
Falcons LT Jake Matthews undergoes foot surgery
by R.J. White |

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.

June 1, 2015 04:22 PM
Falcons LT Sam Baker 'healing up well'
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said left tackle Sam Baker, who missed the entire 2014 season with a torn patella tendon, is recovering well, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Sam is healing up well,” Dimitroff said. “He’s a guy that’s focused. He’s been in there all the time … He’s really focused with trying to get back on track.”

Jake Matthews, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft, took over at left tackle after Baker suffered the injury in a preseason game. It's unclear whether Baker can reclaim his job once fully healthy. 

"It will be interesting to see how both players fit in the new zone-blocking scheme that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan plans to implement," the paper said.

June 2, 2015 06:07 AM
Falcons announce Week 6 inactives vs. Bears
by R.J. White |

The Falcons have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Week 6 matchup with the Bears: quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Javier Arenas, QB Sean Renfree, linebacker Tyler Starr, offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield, guard Harland Gunn, wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot) and defensive tackle Cliff Matthews.

The Falcons are very healthy heading into Sunday's game, with guard Justin Blalock (back) and wide receiver Devin Hester (hamstring) active after being listed as questionable. All players listed as probable are also active, including wide receiver Julio Jones (ankle), tackle Jake Matthews (ankle), safety Kemal Ishmael (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee).

June 2, 2015 06:09 AM
Falcons in fine shape heading into clash against Bears
by Marty Gitlin |

Wide receiver Harry Douglas might be the only injured inactive player Sunday for the Falcons when they host Chicago. No teammate has been deemed any worse than questionable.

The questionables on the Friday injury report are guard Justin Blalock (back) and wide receiver Devin Hester (hamstring). Safety Kemal Ishmael (ankle), premier wideout Julio Jones (ankle), tackle Jake Matthews (ankle) and linebacker Prince Shembo (knee) are all probable.

June 2, 2015 06:36 AM
Falcons list inactives for Week 3
by Chris Cwik |

The Falcons have listed QB Sean Renfree, CB Javier Arenas, LB Tyler Starr, C James Stone, OL Ryan Schraeder, WR Roddy White and DT Cliff Matthews as inactive Week 3 against the Buccaneers. 

White was considered questionable entering the week, though he was unable to get through practice. The news bodes well for Jake Matthews and Prince Shembo. Both players were listed as probable on the injury report, and are active. 

June 2, 2015 06:37 AM
Jake Matthews among Falcons' probables
by Larry Hartstein |

Rookie left tackle Jake Matthews, who missed the Week 2 loss at Cincinnati with an ankle injury, is one of three Falcons listed as probable for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay. He practiced in full Tuesday and Wednesday.

June 2, 2015 06:38 AM
Jake Matthews practices in full Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBS Sports Staff

Falcons offensive lineman Jake Matthews, who sat out Week 2 due to an ankle injury, practiced in full Tuesday. Matthews is hoping to be in the lineup Thursday against the Bucs.

"It was great to have Jake back out to practice today," coach Mike Smith said, per ESPN. "It was good to get him back into the starting lineup. We're pleased with the progress that he's made with the athletic guys in terms of what they've been doing with him. And we've been able to basically go through a full practice with him today."

Still, Smith isn't ready to clear Matthews to make his return to the lineup just yet.

"Anything can happen, but we were really pleased with what he was able to do last night and in practice today,'' Smith said.

June 2, 2015 06:39 AM
Jake Matthews expects to play Thursday
by Larry Hartstein |

Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, who sat out Week 2 with an ankle injury, said he expects to play Thursday against the Buccaneers, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Matthews was listed as a limited participant in Monday's practice.

June 2, 2015 06:41 AM
Falcons list Week 2 inactives
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Falcons' list of inactives for Week 2 at Cincinnati includes quarterback Sean Renfree, wide receiver Courtney Roby, defensive back Javier Arenas, linebacker Tyler Starr, offensive lineman James Stone, offensive lineman Jake Matthews and defensive lineman Cliff Matthews.

Jake Matthews, the starting left tackle, is the only one actually battling an injury. He was ruled out earlier in the week with a bad ankle.

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