Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

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Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby RobertAP » Thu May 08, 2014 8:56 pm

It would have been nice to have to decide between Matthews and Mack, but I can't really complain.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby DaveWaz » Thu May 08, 2014 8:56 pm

I'm so excited! The guy I wanted all along :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Thu May 08, 2014 8:58 pm

Added bonus of getting Sam Baker a little closer to off of the team.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby RobertAP » Thu May 08, 2014 8:59 pm

samedi wrote:Added bonus of getting Sam Baker a little closer to off of the team.

I'm in no hurry to get rid of Baker.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Thu May 08, 2014 9:09 pm

RobertAP wrote:
samedi wrote:Added bonus of getting Sam Baker a little closer to off of the team.

I'm in no hurry to get rid of Baker.

And that boggles my mind, but that's why we have fun words like "boggle." I think you have one year left to enjoy his play, depending on what Holmes shows in camp.

Matthews is safe, and that's not bad.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby MarylandFalcon1 » Thu May 08, 2014 9:25 pm

I always 'love' it when we can draft this high and get the second best player at their position :roll: We move up to 5th to grab Julio 'I'm always injured' Jones and Green, the drafts real #1 WR goes to the Bengals at 4. We then pick 6th and get the #2 Tackle... just blows my mind.
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby DaveWaz » Thu May 08, 2014 9:35 pm

Matthews will be better than Robinson this year, and will be a solid if not elite starter for a long time. We just gave Matt more time to find Roddy and Julio. This pick makes us better now, and in the future, once again, love it.
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Thu May 08, 2014 9:44 pm

I like Matthews, but I don't like that the 4 "best" tackles on Atl are all left tackles. I wonder what Oak asked for.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby DaveWaz » Thu May 08, 2014 9:58 pm

Mathews was a 3 year starter at RT? He can play any position on the line.
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Thu May 08, 2014 10:02 pm

Fair point.

He's not my idea of the larger, grader-like RT. Who do they go over if they need a yard? Off to look at the tape again to see if it's him.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Thu May 08, 2014 10:25 pm

Yeah, watching him on tape I'd say he's lacking pop. He looks very, very good at mirroring speed rushers, but there's little in the immediate Youtube vids from '12 and '13 that says the he can push guys out of the way. I'd agree that he'll likely be better than the guys ATL trotted out there, but I don't think that the line got significantly tougher with Matthews.

Pass blocking looks good, though; he has very good awareness.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby Yulin » Thu May 08, 2014 11:17 pm

samedi wrote:Pass blocking looks good, though; he has very good awareness.


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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby dirtybirdnw » Fri May 09, 2014 12:47 am

Well, considering that Baker can't stay healthy and is a average starter when he does actually play and our top option at RT is really a backup LT getting Matthews is freaking huge for this Falcon O-Line. The season will start with Matthews at RT but I suspect it won't take long before Baker goes down and Matthews shifts over to his real position in Atlanta at that is LT.

Hopefully Asamoah can hold the fort at RG and his benching was really mandated at KC. Add in Matthews and hopefully continued improvement from Mr. Beard aka. Joe Hawley can give us a full season with the production he showed at the end of last season we have at least an average offensive line.

If Atlanta can get a good pass rusher in the 2nd and lock down ASJ in the 3rd I'd be a happy man. If by some miracle Bishop Sankey slipped to the 4th I'd be in heaven.
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Fri May 09, 2014 6:24 am

Safety? Bucannon, Ward, C-D are gone already. And Pryor and Fuller.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Fri May 09, 2014 7:12 am

dirtybirdnw wrote:Well, considering that Baker can't stay healthy and is a average starter when he does actually play and our top option at RT is really a backup LT getting Matthews is freaking huge for this Falcon O-Line. The season will start with Matthews at RT but I suspect it won't take long before Baker goes down and Matthews shifts over to his real position in Atlanta at that is LT.


But therein lies the problem: Who's the RT in that--likely--scenario?

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby Pudge » Fri May 09, 2014 10:40 am

Holmes. He and Schraeder will likely compete for the swing tackle position, with Holmes being the front runner given his experience and draft status. Johnson should now move back to guard where he can push Carimi and Gunn for the top backup duties and will likely be the 8th OL with Konz (or Hawley in the unlikely event he loses the starting C job) being the 7th active guy on game days.

I suspect Falcons will use a late-round pick on a rookie guard and/or center as well. So here's your depth chart at start of camp:

LT Sam Baker … Ryan Schraeder … Terren Jones
LG Justin Blalock … Gabe Carimi … Harland Gunn
C Joe Hawley … Peter Konz
RG Jon Asamoah … Mike Johnson … rookie?
RT Jake Matthews … Lamar Holmes
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby Emmitt » Fri May 09, 2014 10:41 am

MarylandFalcon1 wrote:I always 'love' it when we can draft this high and get the second best player at their position :roll: We move up to 5th to grab Julio 'I'm always injured' Jones and Green, the drafts real #1 WR goes to the Bengals at 4. We then pick 6th and get the #2 Tackle... just blows my mind.


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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby samedi » Fri May 09, 2014 3:18 pm

Pudge wrote:Holmes


He better look far better at RT than he did last year. He blew assignments as a LT, but at least he had an idea of how to fall into pass protection on the left side.

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby John O » Fri May 09, 2014 6:06 pm

RobertAP wrote:
samedi wrote:Added bonus of getting Sam Baker a little closer to off of the team.

I'm in no hurry to get rid of Baker.


If he can stay healthy, I ready for him to stay at LT.
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby dirtybirdnw » Fri May 09, 2014 7:29 pm

The debate is really moot... Atlanta paid Baker big money to start at LT. He'll start at LT unless he has more injury issues and/or sub par play.

I still think Matthews is starting LT sooner rather than later.
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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby AngryJohnny51 » Tue May 13, 2014 9:39 am

Did we get our guy? The question seems to have been answered.

Falcons almost traded up to #3 overall on Thursday. According to Peter King of SI’s MMQB. There was a trade discussed that would have had the Falcons trading away their third-round selection to flip spots with the Jaguars.

The most interesting aspect of this trade is that Atlanta was not targeting Khalil Mack. According to King, Atlanta coveted Jake Matthews. The Jags backed out of the deal because they were afraid someone would take Bortles (Browns or Raiders) before picking again at sixth.

How do you feel about Jake Matthews now Falcons’ fans?

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Re: Jake Matthews: Did we get our guy?

Postby Cyril » Tue May 13, 2014 1:12 pm

Look when your dad and uncles were all outstanding in the NFL, and your suppose to go in the top 5 ---Yes we got our man.....!!

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