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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falconsrookie Jake Matthews officially made the switch from right to left tackle during Monday's practice.

The move was expected after the Falcons lost starting left tackle Sam Baker to a season-ending patellar tendon tear.

The Falcons drafted Matthews with the sixth overall pick out of Texas A&M to be the team's left tackle of the future. He played left tackle last year with the Aggies.

Matthews was asked after Monday's practice if there is a significant adjustment from right to left.

"Yes, the stagger changes," he said. "You go for a long time used to bracing a guy with one leg back. And now you've got to flip it around. It's like almost going from writing with your right hand to your left hand. But I did it in college. I feel pretty comfortable on both sides."

Said coach Mike Smith: "I don't think he'll blink. We're not."

Lamar Holmes moved into the first-team right tackle spot vacated by Matthews.

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falconsrookie Jake Matthews officially made the switch from right to left tackle during Monday's practice.

The move was expected after the Falcons lost starting left tackle Sam Baker to a season-ending patellar tendon tear.

The Falcons drafted Matthews with the sixth overall pick out of Texas A&M to be the team's left tackle of the future. He played left tackle last year with the Aggies.

Matthews was asked after Monday's practice if there is a significant adjustment from right to left.

"Yes, the stagger changes," he said. "You go for a long time used to bracing a guy with one leg back. And now you've got to flip it around. It's like almost going from writing with your right hand to your left hand. But I did it in college. I feel pretty comfortable on both sides."

Said coach Mike Smith: "I don't think he'll blink. We're not."

Lamar Holmes moved into the first-team right tackle spot vacated by Matthews.

This is the problem I have with Holmes moving to the right side. He doesn't appear to be "ambidextrous."

May he prove me wrong.

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