CAN JORDAN MATTHEWS MAKE EAGLES RECEIVERS GREAT AGAIN?

By Michael Donovan

The Eagles made it official this morning:

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, a former second-round pick of the team in 2014 who returned to make an impact as an emergency addition last season, was signed for his third stint in Philly..

The 6-3, 215-pound Matthews was signed in Week 3 of last season after the season-ending fibula injury to Mike Wallace, Matthews chipped in with 21 catches for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season and postseason combined. In the Wild Card win at Chicago, Matthews drew a pass interference penalty that set up tight end Dallas Goedert’s third-quarter touchdown. In the Divisional Round loss to the Saints, Matthews gave the Eagles an early lead with a 37-yard touchdown reception.

Coach Doug Pederson said last Monday that Jeffrey and Agholor have been “good,” but not “great” this season.

“We just have to continue to work with these guys. Every week is a new week. Every week is a new set of challenges,” Pederson said. “As we put game plans together, we do think about these guys and putting them into positions and look, sometimes you get in the game, and I’m the one calling the plays, and sometimes the game kind of steers a different direction than what you think during the week.

“But I think overall, these guys have been in a position to help and help us win, and have a lot of confidence in both those guys moving forward.”

In his first stint with the team from 2014-16, Matthews became just one of five players in NFL history to record at least 65 receptions and 800 receiving yards in each of their first three seasons. In 2015, Matthews led the Eagles in receptions (85), receiving yards (997), receiving touchdowns (8), and 100-yard games (4). He was on the receiving end of quarterback Carson Wentz’s first touchdown as a pro in the 2016 season-opening win against the Browns.

The Eagles traded Matthews to Buffalo 2017 as part of a package that brought cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia. He had 25 catches for 282 yards and one touchdown in his one season with the Bills. Matthews spent the 2018 preseason with the New England Patriots before rejoining the Eagles. Matthews was with the San Francisco 49ers this season, but only played in the Week 7 win against Washington.

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