”I was like a kid in a candy store,” Jordan Matthews said yesterday after finalizing his deal to join the Eagles for the third time. ”It was like getting drafted all over again. I was just so happy. I picked up my son, ran around the house like he was Simba. It was a good feeling. This is where I wanted to be.”
By Michael Bennett
That’s all well and good, but can the kid in the candy store actually supply the Eagles with a deep receiving threat now that DeSean Jackson has been placed on injured reserve?
Matthews was traded to Buffalo before the 2017 season in a deal that brought cornerback Ronald Darby to town. He missed the team’s Super Bowl run but returned last September. Matthews had 20 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns last season and caught a 37-yard TD pass in the playoff loss at New Orleans.
He averaged 75 receptions and 891 yards receiving in his first three seasons with the Eagles and had 19 TD catches.
”We can just pull up his highlights. The guy has made a lot of plays for the Eagles over the years,” offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. ”He has excellent football intelligence. He knows our system. He has familiarity there. I think there’s great comfort with him in the huddle. There’s rapport and chemistry with he and Carson (Wentz), which is important, so certainly nice to get him back.”
Matthews has a close relationship with Wentz going back to the quarterback’s rookie year, when he was No. 3 on the depth chart behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel until becoming the starter the week before the season started.
”I got to know him before he was Wentzylvania and I think that time spending with him makes that relationship real,” Matthews said. ”It’s not like I’m gonna talk to you because he was throwing me the ball. I didn’t know he was going to throw me the ball that year. I just wanted to get to know him because he was a cool dude and obviously our faith in Christ has grown us together.”
The Eagles haven’t had much production from their wideouts this season except for Jackson, who played one full game and a couple of series in two others. Alshon Jeffery has shown signs of decline and dropped three passes in the last game. Nelson Agholor has struggled to make plays and also has had big drops. Mack Hollins is mainly a blocking receiver.
”We have plenty of good players that are out there in the huddle with Carson and we have to find ways to create those explosive plays, get guys open, and help them get open and then make the plays when the plays are there to be made,” Groh said.