Falcons shift Jake Matthews to left tackle

Move was expected after Sam Baker injury. Jason Butt

Print This August 18, 2014, 12:33 PM EST

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Jake Matthews projected to be the Falcons' left tackle of the foreseeable future.

But the Falcons weren't expecting, much less hoping, he'd be placed there during his rookie season. But with Sam Baker going down for the year with a torn patellar tendon, Matthews appears to be taking the first step at being the franchise's left tackle in 2014.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter, Matthews moved over to left tackle at the beginning of Monday's practice. Over the weekend, coach Mike Smith downplayed the immediate thought that Matthews would move over, though this was something that was surely expected.

Matthews was Atlanta's first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, going sixth overall. Matthews was a first-teamm All-SEC selection last year at Texas A&M.

Matthews has had an impressive preseason and now will be thrown into the fire to go against the NFL's premier pass-rushers. Matt Ryan will be hoping Matthews can help this line protect him much better than the group did a season ago.

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