According to a report from AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, the Falcons will use the fifth-year option in left tackle Jake Matthews’ contract, which they have since he’s a former first-round pick. This doesn’t appear to mean that a long-term deal is out of the question, but Ledbetter says that it’s “on the back burner” at this time.
#Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff plan to exercise the fifth-year option on LT Jake Matthews. Deal is on the back burner for now.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) April 20, 2017
Overall, the team appears very happy with his play. He did not have his best showing in their last game, though – the Super Bowl loss to New England. After that game, Ledbetter wrote:
“Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, playing in his hometown in front of Hall of Fame father Bruce Matthews and a host of family members, struggled in Super Bowl LI…Most of Matthews’ problems were in pass protection and he had a key holding penalty in the fourth quarter to push the Falcons out of field goal range when they were trying to stop New England’s furious rally.”
That penalty did end up being one of the biggest blunders of the game, though putting it all on him isn’t fair. The Falcons should have been running the ball and were throwing instead, playing right into New England’s hands. The penalty was a killer, but there were plenty of mistakes to go around.
After the game, Matthews said:
“Obviously, we thought we could come with an answer and we didn’t. Bottom line is we didn’t get it done…I have a lot of people in my family who play, so I’ve seen them win, [seen] them lose. There isn’t much to say. We just didn’t get it done. That’s it…Wish we could have finished. That’s what it is.”