For Howie Roseman, Jordan Matthews is good mannered problem child. He has the right size, an undisputed work ethic, and he’s the best player of what is a miserable receiving core. He also doesn’t fit anywhere in the modern NFL.
He has size and speed but isn’t trusted on the outside. He can get open in the slot, but can’t reliably catch. What do you do with him?
One path is to resign Matthews next year and hope that his hands improve. After all, he’s the best receiver the Eagles have and they need to build around Wentz.
The other path is to be realistic.
If someone makes a solid offer to #Eagles for backup QB Chase Daniel, I believe they’re open to dealing him. Same for WR Jordan Matthews.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 6, 2017
Roseman gets it. Jordan Matthews is a player that will not get substantially better. Hand-eye coordination is not something that improves at the NFL level so move him now. The fact is none of the receivers are part of the Eagle future. Replacing a misfit part now is worth it even if it means a step back.
There’s also the possibility that the Eagles could trade Matthews and still be better in 2017 than 2016 at wideout. Think about it. The Eagles are connected to free agents, draft prospects, and trade targets at WR. We could see a lineup of DeSean Jackson, Brandin Cooks, prospects X and Y, and Nelson Agholor. That’s a huge step forward WITHOUT Jordan Matthews.
So trade that young man, Howie! Just don’t ask Bryan Colangelo what he’s worth.
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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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