Falcons move Jake Matthews to left tackle

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With Sam Baker lost for the season the Atlanta Falcons have moved Jake Mtthews to left tackle.

Matthews – the No. 6 overall pick – will shift to the left side of the line with Lamar Holmes taking over duties at right tackle.

When drafted many believed that the 22-year-old former Texas A&M tackle could have overtaken Baker for the job at left tackle by midseason.

Baker injured his right knee in Sunday’s preseason game against Houston. He played in just four games last season before suffering a left knee injury.

“Following his injury in the game, Sam underwent a number of tests and it was determined that he had suffered a torn patellar tendon and will miss the rest of the season,” coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “Sam had worked extremely hard to get back on the field after missing most of last season, and he was having a good camp. I know he is disappointed, but I also know he is a very resilient football player and will do whatever he can to bounce back.”

The Falcons ranked last in the league in yards rushing and quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times, in addition to being pressured 203 times, most in the NFL.