FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews is about to make his first Pro Bowl appearance.
The Falcons' fifth-year player out of Texas A&M was named to this year's NFC team and will replace Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins, who is unable to compete reportedly due to a prior injury.
Matthews, who started in all 16 games for the Falcons this past season, has only missed one game in five seasons in Atlanta. He has played in 79 games with 79 starts. Last July, the 26-year-old and signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $75 million.
The Falcons averaged 389.1 yards per game in 2018, which was sixth-best in the league in terms of total yards. The Falcons also averaged 25.9 points per game in 2018, 10th-most in the NFL, but they scored no more than 20 points during their five-game losing streak.
In Week 4 against the Bengals, Matthews helped block for an offense that recorded a season-high 495 total yards, including 403 passing yards. That marked the second time in four seasons the offense has recorded at least 400 passing yards in a game. The offense also averaged 6.16 yards per play, ranking fifth in the NFL.
Pro Football Focus ranked the Falcons' offensive line as the No. 2 unit after the 2017 season with Matthews earning a performance grade of 80.8 from the site. In 2016, Matthews helped the Falcons' offense finish second in yards per game, fifth in rushing yards per game and first in scoring offense.
Matthews, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was a two-time All-American and was twice named first-team All-SEC in 2012 and 2013 while starring at Texas A&M.