The Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle rookie Jake Matthews will probably be back this Sunday.
Matthews stated that he expects to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Thursday Night, and head coach Mike Smith told ESPN that he believes that the limited participants on Monday (including Jake Matthews) will be in full pads and ready to go in Tuesday’s practice.
"“I hope that I can,” Matthews told Vaughn McClure. “We’ll see what the coaches allow me to do. But I’m going to go out there and do some stuff, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m feeling better. They’re doing a really good job with treatments and all that stuff to get me back as soon as possible. It’s feeling better every day. I’m excited to see how this week goes for the game. I know they’re going to do a good job and get me taped up and ready for the game.”"
Now…..who starts at right tackle? The choices are either Lamar Holmes or Gabe Carimi.
- Struggled heavily against the Cincinnati Bengals
- Not a good pass blocker, better suited for the run
- 5.22 40 yard dash
- Learning as a player every day, starting to show his 3rd round potential
- Played considerably well in week one
- Former 1st round pick of the Chicago Bears
- Obviously has a ton of potential
- Big guy at 6’7 316 pounds
- Played well against the Cincinnati Bengals
- More Upside vs Lamar Holmes
- 5.27 40 yard dash
The problem with Carimi is that he has played right tackle for quite some time now, and probably has played on the right side all training camp. But he commented on his impressive versatility.
"“Wherever I’m needed, I think I’m pretty versatile,” Carimi said."
Conclusion: Lamar Holmes will get the start this week, and the Falcons will closely evaluate him throughout the game.