The Philadelphia Eagles find a gem on the best football conference’s worst team.
Yes, Jordan Matthews is on the list. He has to be. Whenever we look at that nightmare that was the three seasons that Chip Kelly spent at the helm of this football team, we often look at what he did wrong and rightfully so, but you can’t tell the story about Chip Kelly’s ‘Birds’ without mentioning several people.
Chip Kelly drafted Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Lane Johnson, and in 2014, with the 42nd-overall selection of the second round, Kelly landed a six-foot-three and 212-pound wideout from what might have been the SEC’s worst team at the time.
His name was Jordan Matthews, a man who had snagged 262 receptions while racking up 3,759 yards and 24 trips to the end zone throughout 51 games at the collegiate level while playing versus some of the best defensive competition that college football has to offer.
In his first season with the ‘Birds’, Matthews caught passes from both Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez en route to 67 receptions for 872 yards and eight trips to the end zone. Had he been a first-rounder or one of those great receivers that played for the Alabama Crimson Tide, he would have been voted to the Pro Bowl.
Matthews’ first run, which encompasses three seasons, was a nice one. His last two stints here and his time in both Buffalo and San Francisco produced nothing. Sadly, that’s mostly what he’ll be remembered for, but it shouldn’t take away from what ‘Birds’ fans enjoyed from 2014 to 2016. Matthews was special, and perhaps, we should spend more time remembering him for that reason.