The Falcons began the pre-season with offensive line being one of their strengths, however, that is no longer the case. On Saturday night, Sam Baker ruptured his patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the 2014 season.
Baker has had a long list of injuries over the years, and unfortunately Atlanta will be once again without their best offensive lineman.
Now rookie tackle Jake Matthews will more than likely be forced to move to left tackle. Jake is without a doubt a stud, and should provide Matt Ryan with enough protection.
However, Atlanta had five starting caliber linemen, but now they are down to four. Matthews recently told ESPN he would be ready if called upon, “That’s what they drafted me for: to come here and play wherever. And something I take a lot of pride in is my versatility and being able to play on either side. If they ask me to move over, I’ll be happy to do it.”
This is a team missing key players on both sides of the ball, and before the season has even begun are facing adversity threatening their playoff hopes.