Eagles Select WR Jordan Matthews At 42

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (credit: Vanderbilt Athletics)

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (credit: Vanderbilt Athletics)

The Eagles didn’t wait long to make their move in round two. The team traded up from 54 to 42 to select Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. The 6’3 prospect set a number of records while playing for the Commodores.

Matthews recorded 262 career catches (an SEC record) en route to 3,759 yards and 24 touchdowns over four seasons. The initial thought is that Matthews steps in as a replacement for DeSean Jackson.

That is only true to a point. Matthews will help in terms of production, but he won’t do it the way Jackson did. Matthews will excel early in the slot and will use his size and physicality to make plays in the middle of the field.

Matthews will fill the role played by Jason Avant, while Jeremy Maclin will handle the outside responsibilities left behind by Jackson.

Matthews will be another toy for Chip Kelly to move around his offense. He is a good option for screen plays and has decent speed for double moves. Matthews will prove to be a reliable target for Nick Foles. Expect Matthews to be penciled in on day one as the Eagles third receiver on the depth chart.

That is a very important role considering the way the Eagles play offense. For all of those who were depressed about the offense following Jackson’s release, be encouraged by this move.

Matthews was the obvious system receiver that Kelly wants.

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Posted on May 9, 2014, in Eagles, Ray Boyd and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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