Philadelphia Eagles Find Replacement For DeSean Jackson In The Form Of Jordan Matthews

By Ryan Wenzell
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The Philadelphia Eagles had a need for a dynamic, play-making wide receiver. They aggressively went out and got one. The Eagles jumped from 54 to 42 to get their man. His name is Jordan Matthews.

The cousin of the great Jerry Rice is a huge target at 6-foot-3 and runs in the mid 4.4s. This is the prototype of what Chip Kelly wants in a wide receiver. A big guy who can also fly, and most importantly use his size to win one-on-one battles and make plays on the ball.

Kelly will presumably use Matthews mostly out of the slot in his rookie season. Boy, will he be a mismatch in there. The average slot corner is in the 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11 range. Matthews easily stands five to six inches taller than that, and should be able to make his share of plays on sheer size alone inside.

Nick Foles has to be licking his chops. He now has a huge wide receiver core that features the 6-foot-4 Riley Cooper and now Matthews. He also has the fast and explosive Jeremy Maclin at his disposal, as well as ascending tight end Zach Ertz and reliable veteran Brent Celek.

This offense, despite losing DeSean Jackson, should still be electric next season. They have perhaps the game’s most elite running back and, after adding Matthews to the mix, have tons of size, speed and all-around skill in the passing game.

I expect the Eagles to be one of the top three or four offenses in the league next season, and Matthews should come right in and contribute in Kelly’s up-tempo aerial attack right away.

This selection gets an A.

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