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Jake Matthews feeling good about surgically repaired foot

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons starting left tackle Jake Matthews, who underwent January surgery to repair a Lisfranc ligament tear in his left foot, pointed to a normal training camp workload as evidence of how healthy his foot is feeling now.

Matthews' left foot is his plant foot, so he was a little concerned about soreness being an issue. Through 11 practices, he's been a regular participant.

"It's been feeling good," Matthews said. "I haven't missed a day. I haven't missed any reps. I think everyone is sore. It's training camp. But it's doing well. It's bouncing back every day. I'm feeling good."

Matthews continues to show the type of athleticism and footwork that should allow him to thrive in the outside zone run blocking scheme. He was unable to adjust to the scheme this offseason as he continued to recover from the surgery.

"The biggest thing is just getting used to that offense," Matthews said. "Obviously there was, going out there, I didn't feel as comfortable with the offense. As practices have come and gone, I'm feeling way better about that. And the body has held up good. So, feeling good about the [scheme] now."

In terms of pass protection, Friday night's exhibition against the Tennessee Titans and the possibility of facing new Titans pass-rusher Brian Orakpo should be a good test, even if just for a series.

"I would love to go out there and play against their best players," Matthews said. "At the same time, it's the NFL. Everyone's good. I learned that real quickly last year. Everyone is going to be very talented. How many 'ever series I get [Friday], I'm just going to go out there and do my job."

A few quick-hit items from the 11th practice of training camp:

  • Wednesday's practice was a light one, with players in baseball hats and shorts. Coach Dan Quinn said the team will go through the same format Thursday in preparation for Friday's game.

  • Mike Person, who started camp as the first-team left guard, received plenty of reps at center as Joe Hawley rested. Hawley continues to work his right knee back to full strength following ACL and MCL tears last season. If Hawley is not fully healthy for preseason games, expect Person to get the reps at center as James Stone settles in at left guard.

  • Converted cornerback Ricardo Allen continues to look strong as the starting free safety. He had an interception Wednesday.

  • Undrafted rookie cornerback Kevin White got his first reps with the first-team defense and seemed comfortable. He ran alongside Robert Alford and nickel back Phillip Allen for a few plays as Desmond Trufant watched from the sideline.

  • Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman remained sidelined with hamstring strains while outside linebacker Brooks Reed (groin/hip) and defensive lineman Cliff Matthews (ankle) also remained out.

  • After practice, the Falcons announced the re-signing of rookie cornerback Michael Lee while nose tackle Ricky Heimuli was waived/injured.

  • The music playlist at practice included Das EFX ("They Want EFX"), The Gap Band ("You Dropped the Bomb on Me"), and Drake ("Back to Back").