Jordan Matthews has continued to turn heads in Philadelphia Eagles training camp, as the rookie receiver has impressed coaches, players and fans in the early portions of practice.
Matthews does not carry himself like a rookie. He speaks, acts and conducts himself like a grizzled eight-year veteran. His demeanor on and off the field is impressive for a rookie. He is the type to be the first one in the door and the last one to leave. This gym rat mentality should pay great dividends for Matthews during the season.
A cousin of the great Jerry Rice, it should come as no surprise that Matthews has a tireless work ethic and is a student of the game. It’s simply in his blood. At a position in which it seems that diva personalities rule the day, Matthews is a nice change of pace as a humble, down to earth guy who is the consummate team player.
Look for second-year head coach Chip Kelly to utilize Matthews in a variety of ways. He will start off in the slot using his size and quickness as a mismatch for opposing linebackers and safeties.
However, Matthews has the size to eventually be a long-term option on the outside and a terror in the red zone. Despite losing DeSean Jackson due to “football issues”, the Eagles still have a ton of options in the passing game. Guys like Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and the ascending Zach Ertz should give second-year quarterback Nick Foles plenty of options in the passing game.
Matthews is impressing everyone. He has special written all over him from his play on the field to the way he conducts himself off of it. The Eagles may have found themselves the game’s next great receiver.