By Steve Kelly
The Eagles strap on pads today for their first practice of this training camp, and wide receiver Jordan Matthews’ status is still a mystery!
Will he show up?
Is he hurt?
Will he be traded?
Matthews delivered in 2016, catching 73 passes for 804 yards, but he only caught three touchdowns.
Fast forward one year, and the Eagles have Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to hold it down on the outside.
The former Vanderbilt star has been dealing with knee issues all offseason, but that may not be his only issue entering 2017. The Daily News reported that a contract dispute, not his injured knee, may have been the main reason for his bevy of absences throughout OTAs and minicamp.
If the Eagles were high on Matthews—and even Nelson Agholor, to that effect—having a breakout year in 2017, it’s hard to envision why they would have drafted Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson in the middle rounds. Serious needs required addressing, yet they decided to replenish their core of young receivers instead.
Matthews could fail to reach his reception total from a season ago and still have a fine year, but all signs point to multiple issues needing to be worked out before he’s even a regular part of the offense in 2017.