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

Only Way Is Up For Philadelphia Eagles' Matthews

Jordan Matthews will be a great player. However, it is fair to say that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews didn’t have the best pre-season debut. He struggled against the Chicago Bears defense and dropped three catches. Matthews left the field after only taking four catches for a total of fourteen yards.

Coming off a training camp where Matthews had regularly been hauling in highlight reel catches, the rookie wide receiver was the one player many Eagles fans were desperate to see. However, on Friday night, he was probably the most disappointing Eagle on the field.

The night should act as a reminder to Matthews and all Eagles fans that this is just a rookie. Matthews was making his first ever pre-season appearance and is learning the ropes at this level. Yes, the drops were disappointing. However, like most fans, I’m much happier that the drops occurred in a meaningless game in August that when the real action starts against the Jacksonville Jaguars in September.

Matthews is a budding star, with undoubted talent, who will no doubt drop catches in the future. Now is not the time to panic. He’ll learn from these mistakes and hopefully the drops will act as a wake up call. This is, after all, a rookie making his debut alongside the second string quarterback. If the drops continue over the rest of pre-season, it may become a concern. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jordan Matthews can rebound against the New England Patriots in the second pre-season game. Matthews undoubtedly has character and I’m sure that he will take this in his stride and bounce back stronger.

One game will not define this player’s career and he definitely has the talent to make it far in the NFL.

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