Falcons pick up fifth-year option on LT Matthews

The tackle will stay with the Falcons through 2018 after the option was picked up. PFF premium stats show his value over the course of his career.

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Falcons pick up fifth-year option on LT Matthews


Facing a May 3 deadline to exercise a fifth-year team option, the Atlanta Falcons picked up the option on left tackle Jake Matthews Tuesday. The sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft has been a productive player for the Falcons over his first three seasons while missing just one game in his career.

  • Matthews is coming off a season where he finished fourth in the NFL among offensive tackles in hurries with just 14 hurries allowed.
  • Over his career, Matthews has improved his rookie season pass-blocking grade of 38.3 in 2014 with grades of 82.1 in 2015 and 79.2 in 2016.

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