By David F. Cohen

On a team without a game-changing offensive player — with the exception of superb quarterback Carson Wentz — wide receiver Jordan Matthews is stepping up.

Matthews has been the Eagles most productive wide receiver this season. In addition to success on the field, Matthews has become the leader of the team’s young and inexperienced wide receiving corp.

Though head coach Doug Pederson didn’t scout Matthews when he was coming out of college, he’s seen a lot from the ambitious receiver this season.

“Probably one of the hardest working players that we have. He’s in here extremely early for a wide receiver. He’s constantly on the JUGS machine. He’s constantly talking to his quarterback,” Pederson said. “He’s just making himself better every single day.”

Matthews has struggled with drops again this year, he is tied for second in the NFL with three on the season, but the rest of his game has looked good. The third-year receiver has gotten very comfortable with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and has 15 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns through three games.

Matthew is a very hard worker, and Pederson thinks his dedication to his craft has an impact on the other impressionable receivers.

“It’s paying off because it’s spilling over to the other guys in his room, into that wide receiver room, and that’s the type of player you’ve got to have at all positions,” said Pederson. “But for him at the receiver position when you’ve got a young group; it’s great to see someone like Jordan step up and take everybody by charge.”

Though Matthews is a young wide receiver himself, he’s progressed into a leader.

The wide receiving corp needs a leader, as all Eagles receivers are 24-years-old or younger. As Dorial Green-Beckham gets more involved in the offense, the Eagles could have a potent one-two punch in the passing game.

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