Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews garnered the attention of head coach Chip Kelly and fans alike. He was impressive in the Eagles mini camp and OTAs. His work ethic has impressed all the coaching staff. His performance is a direct result of that ethic.
Speaking at the rookie symposium in San Diego Matthews tells the media of his plans during the off-season prior to training camp in July.
I’m going out to Atlanta for a while to go train. I’m going to try to train around guys like A.J. [Green] and Calvin [Johnson] down with Tom Bender and them. So try and get some tutelage from some of those guys, some legends in the league right now.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green are considered the top two receivers in the NFL. Matthews isn’t expected to produce to that level his first year but it very refreshing to see how he will spend his time. This shows a man hungry to excel.
Now for those who wanted the Eagles to draft Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel I imagine they may be counting their blessings those dreams did not come true. On one side you have a man who is obviously very skilled but believes he has all the knowledge and skill already and doesn’t put extra time to hone his craft. On the other, a man has some time off before his true work begins for the next six months, he puts in extra reps with proven men to hone his skill even further.
As an Eagles fan, that has to bring more confidence to this season’s outlook.