Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) walks off the field at the conclusion of practice during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Matthews Gets First-Team Reps With the Eagles

Jun 17, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) walks off the field at the conclusion of practice during mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

He may not be the next Jerry Rice, but Jordan Matthews sure is making a name for himself during the offseason, proving skeptics wrong and showcasing his talent well.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Insider, Jordan Matthews received “a number of reps” with the first-team offense on Tuesday. Prior to receiving first team reps, Matthews developed good team chemistry with Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Mark Sanchez.

After being selected late in the second round by the Eagles, Matthews’ stock has continued to rise. With his excellent combination of strength, speed, and size, Matthews has the potential to make a impact for the Eagles this season and move up to the top position on the the depth chart.

Although it is be too early to say, Jordan Matthews may be the best wide receiver on the Philadelphia Eagles right now. At 6’3″ and 205 pounds, Matthews is already 10 pounds larger and 3 inches taller than Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin. Additionally, his 4.46 time for his 40-yard dash is faster than Riley Cooper‘s time (4.53). But, it is not just the size and speed that makes Matthews unique. He also has an excellent work ethic and is versatile. Whether he is playing slot or on the outside, Matthews is able to run routes that allows him to create separation from the defender and catch the ball.

Before jumping to any major conclusions, it is important to note that the offseason is long from over and Matthews has yet to match up with some of the most elite defenses in the league. Until that happens, we will never know whether Jordan Matthews or any of the other rookies for that matter will be able to thrive in the NFL. As an Eagles fan, the promise and potential from the young Jordan Matthews is something to look forward to.

 

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