The Atlanta Falcons landed one of their prime targets with the selection of Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews on Thursday night, and immediately following the selection, the organization revealed its immediate plans for where he will play on the field.
— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) May 9, 2014
Thomas Dimitroff’s assertion that Matthews will begin his career at the right tackle position shouldn’t be a surprise, but for many fans, it is sure to be a bit jarring. Former 1st-round pick Sam Baker appeared in only four games during the 2013 season, but prior to that, he played the best football of his career in 2012, and this announcement is a hat-tip to the 28-year-old in an effort to get him back on track.
Matthews played the entirety of his junior year with Texas A&M at the right tackle spot, so he should be more than suitable to play there, and if Baker plays to his potential, Atlanta will be loaded at tackle in protecting Matt Ryan. Down the line, there could be a debate about moving Matthews to the more “premium” position on the left side, but as long as Baker plays well, there shouldn’t be a great deal of scrutiny.