When the Philadelphia Eagles drafted wide receiver Jordan Matthews, I did not know how to react because he was not the wide receiver I coveted. However, I was excited the organization drafted a wide receiver to relieve some of the burden brought on by the departure of Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. I desperately wanted the Eagles to draft New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks was selected in the first round by the Saints. When the Eagles brass drafted Jordan Matthews, I was skeptical at first. In the past, I had the opportunity to watch Matthews play against the Georgia Bulldogs as a Vanderbilt Commodore and I can say he is the real deal.
Jordan Matthews joins a Philadelphia Eagles team as one of the most prolific wide receivers in Vanderbilt history. In four years playing for the Commodores, Matthews racked up an SEC record 3,759 receiving yards at 14.3 yards per catch and 24 touchdowns. Matthews production increased every year as he became a more pivotal nugget of the offense. Matthews can have the same numbers with the Eagles with hard work and dedication. I feel confident the Philadelphia Eagles will do everything possible to put Matthews in a position to succeed.
Matthews is a decent blocker who does just enough to keep the defender away from the ball carrier. Blocking is a place in which Matthews will have to dedicate himself toward excellence if he is going to be the complete wide receiver head coach Chip Kelly thinks he can become. One of Matthews’ best attributes is his ability to make long strides when he is running. Matthews’ will beat defenses purely on speed, but not by generating missed tackles. He has good vision and the speed to outrun angled pursuit.
After a strong minicamp, Matthews appears to be the real deal. Only time will tell, but so far I’m liking what I see.