Jake Matthews relishing the lessons he’s learning now

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The Falcons are counting on first-rounder Jake Matthews being pro-ready, and the string of pass-rushers he’s worked against already would test any tackle.

With recent practices with the Texans putting him face-to-face with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, he’s also worked against Tennessee’s Derrick Morgan and Miami’s Cameron Wake, which should have him prepared.

I really learned a lot and I think I grew,” Matthews said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I did a lot of good things. That has been one of the best parts practicing against the Titans and the Texans. You get to go against different players with different styles and techniques.”

Watt got the better of him at times, but Matthews was glad the lessons are coming now.

“He’s a helluva player,” Matthews said. “He’s really good. That’s was something that I needed because I want to go up against the best players so that I can be the best player that I can be. He was going to show me just how tough it can be in the league so that was good.”

Matthews has all the potential to carry on the family name. But the Falcons need him to step up now, as part of their offseason mandate to get tougher on both lines.

6 responses to “Jake Matthews relishing the lessons he’s learning now

  1. The Matthews family doesn’t get the credit they deserve as football royalty.

    Clay Matthew’s Senior played pro football in the 1950’s.

    Clay’s sons Bruce Matthews and Clay Matthew’s Jr both played in the NFL.

    Bruce is in the HOF.

    Clay Matthew’s Jr. is the Uncle of Clay Matthews III currently on the Green Bay Packers.

    Clay Jr is also the Uncle of Casey Matthews who is on the Eagles right now.

    Clay Jr. is the Uncle of Kyle Matthews who’s at USC right now.

    Bruce’s son Kevin is now with the Redskins.

    Bruce’s son Jake Matthews, #6 pick in the last draft, is now on the Falcons.

    Bruce’s youngest son Mike is on Texas A&M right now.

    That’s 7 who played or are playing in the NFL and two more in college at high levels.

  2. Jake Matthews had TWO holding penalties in the 1st preseason game versus Miami, one which negated a 76 yard TD run by back up RB Antone Smith.

    Aside from that he was fine.

  3. He will be a solid player. He has to learn and stop Holding! He does it on Hard Knocks and in the Dolphins game on almost every play. He got caught a few times with some yellow flags.

  4. Although Matthews was not a “sexy” pick it was what the Falcons needed. He solidifies a big need we had. Next year we can concentrate on other areas of need. Specifically a stud LB that can be an edge rusher or an edge rushing DE in the 1st and a stud TE in the second round. After that go with the best available to add depth. Rise up guys and bring it on September 7th. If we take it to the Saints we can be good!

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