Can Rookie Matthews fill the Shoes of Desean Jackson?


Billy Kelso

Matthews was an All American Wide Out under coach James Franklin at Vanderbilt University where he rewrote Vanderbilt’s receiving records and has SEC records for career receptions and receiving yards. Jordan is a big NFL Receiver at the height of 6’3” and weighing 212 pounds, but behind that size is some speed in which he showed off at this years NFL combine running a surprising 4.46-second 40-yard dash. The second round draft pick might just be what the Eagles need to replace Desean Jackson. He could be the Eagles big play threat playing in the slot of Chip Kelly’s offense. Matthews had 10 receptions for 178 yards receiving in a memorable college season opener in a game in which he missed majority of the 3rd quarter with an injury. Another game that stood out for Matthews last season was a SEC Conference game against Tennessee in which he had 13 receptions for 133 yards receiving. Games like that in the SEC could prove that Matthews transition to Sundays to be easier than most rookie wide receivers. So far in Eagles training camp number 81 is making a name for himself by always going full speed and has been effective by working the middle of the field and getting open. Matthews has been great at getting yards after the catch and has easily become back-up Quarterback Mark Sanchez’s favorite target so far in training camp. Even Cowboys Hall of Fame Wide Receiver who was at Eagles training camp last week praised Matthews by saying “I like what I see physically as to body type, body size and everything. And then I like what I see internally as far as work ethic and most importantly, a strong desire to be the best (Comcast Sports-net Philadelphia). Eagles fans will watch him step into the shoes of Desean Jackson, and pick up where the troubled receiver left off.

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