Falcons Moving Jake Matthews To Left Tackle After Sam Baker Injury

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    The Atlanta Falcons are ripping the training wheels off Jake Matthews.

    The team shifted the rookie offensive lineman from right tackle to left during Monday's practice, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's the move we expected after Sam Baker suffered a season-ending knee injury over the weekend.

    The original plan was to ease in Matthews on the right side, but Baker's injury has jolted the timeline for May's No. 6 overall pick. With Matthews now guarding quarterback Matt Ryan's blind side, the Falcons used Lamar Holmes on the O-line's right edge Monday.

    It's a relatively new position for Matthews, who played most of his Texas A&M career at right tackle before switching to the left in 2013 to replace the jettisoned Luke Joeckel.

    Source: NFL.com