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Is this the year Jake Matthews makes the leap?

The tackle was extremely good in 2015, but is this the year he becomes (in all caps) AN ELITE TACKLE?

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Jake Matthews was very good in 2015, as expected, but he was arguably overshadowed by former UDFA Ryan Schraeder, who mans the right tackle position for Atlanta. That's kind of been the story thus far for Matthews, a top ten pick with a tremendous pedigree and obvious skill who has not been considered the top lineman on this Falcons team the last two years.

That could very well change in 2016, for no other reason than that Matthews is far too talented to play second fiddle to anyone for long. The addition of Alex Mack means Matthews could be the third-best lineman on the team (which would mean great things for Atlanta, I expect), but he's a ridiculously gifted tackle entering his third year in the NFL and is still just 24 years old.

Adding Mack to the line and getting further improvement from Matthews would mean tremendous things for Matt Ryan, who struggled a lot last year even with solid protection for long stretches, and I have every reason to believe this will be Matthews' best year yet. It may also wind up being the first year he's recognized for playing at an elite level, and we like Falcons who do that.

What say you?