Face-Offs with Von Miller Motivated Matthews

With the first pick in the 2014 Draft, the Falcons landed a player many believe is one of the safest picks in the class. Jake Matthews should be able to step on the field from the word “Go” this year and contribute as a starter, at least that’s what pundits have said all along.

When he was introduced to the media Friday afternoon, Matthews shared his confidence that he can get the job done right away.

“I feel real confident that I can (be a starter),” he said. “I feel real comfortable on the right and left side. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m fired up and I’m going to go out and do it. That’s why they drafted me and I’m going to prove that it’s the right decision and that I’m able.”

Some of that confidence was gained over a long Texas A&M career that includes 46 consecutive starts and some of it came when he stepped foot in College Station, Texas. As a freshman, Matthews routinely squared off against one of the NFL’s current pass-rushing super stars and that turned out to be a pivotal point in showing Matthews he has what it takes to be successful in the NFL.

“From Day 1 at A&M, I went against Von Miller, so that was a bit of a challenge,” he said. “It definitely helped me be the player I am today. I’m a big believer in the SEC. I think it is the greatest confernece in college football.  You really do go against the best players week in and week out. I feel real confident that I have the experience and the ability to block anyone. That’s going to be a big challenge going against the best players in the world in the NFL, but I’m excited for that challenge and I feel confident.”