The Philadelphia Eagles did something in the 2014 NFL Draft that only happened one time since 1992 when they selected wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Aside from former Chicago Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett, Jordan Matthews was the only other Vanderbilt wide receiver selected in the NFL Draft in the past 22 years when the Eagles traded up to the 42nd pick. And that is where the similarities abruptly end, and where the play-making abilities of Jordan Matthews quickly take over the discussion. With just four days of training camp in the books the rookie receiver is not only excelling in this offense, but making a strong push for a starting role come week one against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Jordan Matthews Starting Camp On Right Foot
Anyone that has heard Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly speak thus far in training camp has surely heard his adamant complaints regarding the entire draft process. And while Kelly does have a valid point pertaining to hype and his downfalls, any hype that has been placed on Jordan Matthews has been well deserved based on the limited exposure in camp. Second-string (as of now?) quarterback Mark Sanchez has nearly cemented his position on the depth chart due largely to the fact that he has had Matthews to throw to in camp. Whether it has been corner Nolan Carroll, safety Earl Wolff, or corner Brandon Boykin, Matthews has impressed early on.
He’s going to finish every play,” Eagles corner Cary Williams referring to rookie receiver Jordan Matthews
“Well, we don’t like their draft. If they had taken Matthews first and Smith second, we would give them an A,” Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly
Should Expectations be Tempered?
The important thing for Eagles fans everywhere to realize is that the pads have only been on for three days, and that there is a long way to go before both the offense and the defense are fully clicking. Earlier in today’s practice, Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Jeff McLane noted that Matthews was struggling at times against press coverage from Malcolm Jenkins and later against corner Davon Morgan. Chip Kelly has made a valiant effort when dealing with the media to repetitively state that the hype surrounding rookies is unjust. While it has been assumed from the beginning that Jordan Matthews would successfully break the starting lineup this season, only five receivers in NFL history have surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in their rookie season…so temper expectations accordingly. However, it’s difficult to overlook what backup quarterback Mark Sanchez said regarding the phenom rookie receiver: “He is just always open.”