Falcons: A rough start for Jake Matthews
Well the good news is that things were better for Jake Matthews in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears than in Week 5 against the New York Giants. The bad news: the bar was set extremely low. Matthews followed up a dismal -9.9 overall PFF grade against the Giants with a disappointing, but less disastrous, -3.5 against the Bears.
Matthews is struggling both as a pass blocker and as a run blocker. He is currently ranked 57th out of 58 eligible tackles in Pass Blocking Efficiency; allowing 18 total pressures on 175 pass blocking snaps. Matthews’ -15.3 cumulative overall PFF grade and -7.8 Run Blocking grade both rank 70th out of 72 eligible tackles.
Because of the late switch to left tackle in the preseason and a nagging ankle injury, the only solution seems to be to wait it out and hope things improve. Not helping matters any, Matthews will face the Baltimore Ravens pass rushing trio of Terrell Suggs (8.5 Pass Rushing Productivity), Elvis Dumervil (10.4) and Pernell McPhee (13.2) this week. All three rank among the top 17 in 3-4 OLBs in Pass Rushing Productivity.