Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Matthews returns, Mike Wallace placed on IR

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Jordan Matthews
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Wide receiver Jordan Matthews /

The Philadelphia Eagles officially welcome back Jordan Matthews and have placed Mike Wallace on the team’s injured reserve.

The Philadelphia Eagles, as expected, have moved Mike Wallace from the active roster to the team’s injured reserve. Then, in a move that surprised some, they brought back a familiar face, the now-veteran wide out Jordan Matthews.

The roster continues to get tweaked in Philly.

Let’s take a quick look back and sum this up.

Ever since former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly appeared to be on a mission to destroy this team from the inside out, there have been rumors about reunions. Once upon a time the talk surrounded the likes of DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. Then, it was Jeremy Maclin.

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Well, shortly after breakfast in Philly on August 19th, the news came down. Philly added a veteran wide receiver as we assumed they would. They did so by welcoming home the 42nd-overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Matthews’ first stint in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ stretched from 2014 until 2016. During that time, he hauled in 225 receptions for 2,672 yards and 19 touchdowns. He came just three yards shy of a 1,000-yard season in 2015.

Still, with the need to add a reliable option at cornerback and with the addition of both Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in 2017’s free agency period, Philly traded Matthews and a third-round draft choice in 2018 to the Buffalo Bills on August 11th of 2017 for Ronald Darby.

Matthews struggled in Buffalo (but who doesn’t).

There, he logged only 25 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown. That was thanks, in large part, to him only appearing in ten games and starting seven. A fractured right thumb led to some absences as did the need to place him on IR on December 5th.

The New England Patriots signed him during the most recent free agency period, but after a hamstring injury, they released him on August 1st.

Next. Josh Adams promoted to active roster. dark

He’s healthy now, and with his return, he and Darby are now teammates. There’s just one question. Who plays in the slot wide receiver position? Is it Matthews or is it Nelson Agholor. Thankfully, that’s the coaches’ decision and not ours.

Wallace fractured his fibula on Sunday, and though Philly didn’t place him on the team’s IR earlier, they’ve now decided to do so following his surgery that took place on Tuesday. Doing so is what created the necessary space to add Matthews.