Jake Matthews during training camp in 2014
|No. 70 Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||February 11, 1992|
|Place of birth:||Missouri City, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||309 lb (140 kg)|
|High school:||Missouri City (TX) Elkins|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Jacob "Jake" Thomas Matthews (born February 11, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons sixth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.
High school career
Matthews attended Elkins High School in Missouri City, where he was a standout offensive lineman for the Elkins Knights high school football team. He was teammates with D. J. Hayden. In his senior season, Matthews was a first-team all-district and all-greater Houston honoree as his team finished the season with a 9–3 record. Matthews was invited to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and also earned 2009 High School All-American honors by USA Today, Parade, and SuperPrep.
Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was listed as the No. 7 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2010. He chose Texas A&M over offers from Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, Texas, Texas Tech, Southern California, and Stanford.
As a junior in 2012, Matthews was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection. He also received first team All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America. During his senior season, Matthews played left tackle after playing right tackle for the previous three seasons.
2014 NFL Draft
Matthews was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With Luke Joeckel having been selected second overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Texas A&M became the first school with consecutive top-10 selected offensive lineman since USC's Tyron Smith and Matt Kalil in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5½ in||308 lb||33⅜ in||9⅞ in||5.07 s||4.47 s||7.34 s||30½ in||8 ft 9 in||24 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Matthews was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft. In his first NFL game, Matthews suffered a high ankle sprain in a season-opening win against the Saints. Despite the injury, Matthews started in all but one game in his rookie season. Matthews was rated the worst tackle of the 2014 season by Pro Football Focus. In 2015, Matthews' blocking improved, allowing only 38 quarterback pressures compared to 51 in 2014. That season, Matthews was named as the third most improved player of 2015 by Pro Football Focus.
In Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots, Atlanta had a 28-20 lead and the ball in field goal range. A field goal would have given them a 31-20 lead with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation and essentially sealing a championship. However, Matthews committed a holding penalty which knocked the Falcons out of field goal range and forced them to punt. The Patriots would go on to tie the game and win the Super Bowl in overtime.
Matthews was born in Missouri City, Texas. He is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and the younger brother of Kevin Matthews, a center who also played for the Aggies. His younger brother, Mike, currently plays center for the Cleveland Browns. He is also the cousin of Clay Matthews III, a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, and Casey Matthews, a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings. He is the nephew of NFL veteran Clay Matthews, Jr., the grandson of NFL veteran Clay Matthews, Sr., and the great grandson of H. L. Matthews.
The Matthews football dynasty family tree:
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- "2012 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 4, 2012.
- "FWAA NAMES 2012 ALL-AMERICA TEAM".
- "Luke Joeckel on help from a tight end".
- "2013 All-SEC Football Team Announced". SEC Digital Network. December 10, 2013.
- 2014 NFL Draft: Falcons select OT Jake Matthews
- McClure, Vaughn. Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews recovering from Lisfranc injury. ESPN. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Ledbetter, D. Jake Matthews was one of NFL’s most improved players. AJC.com. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Phillips, Chris. David Amerson tops PFF’s award list for Most Improved Player. Pro Football Focus. Retrieved 9 August 2016.