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Jordan Matthews tries to make a quick impact


As Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews tries to replace DeSean Jackson in Philly, one of the guys who authored the controversial gang-ties article about Jackson has compared Matthews to another former Philly receiver whose tenure and departure were far more notorious.

Eliot Shorr-Parks of recently compared Matthews to Terrell Owens.

“Like Owens, Matthew stands 6-foot-3,” Shorr-Parks writes.  “Also like Owens, Matthews is known for being a hard worker and a workout nut.  Throw in the fact that they both wear No. 81, and it is hard not to think it is Owens out there catching passes during Eagles practices.”

Shorr-Parks writes that the similarities end when it’s time to talk to Matthews.  In part because, unlike many receivers, Matthews doesn’t have much to say.

“Those who talk the most know the least,” Matthews said.  Shorr-Parks says Matthews wasn’t talking about Owens, but Matthews easily could have been.  Along with the rest of the diva receivers who seek out attention merely for the sake of it.

Specifically, Matthews also doesn’t want to talk much about his methods.

“I don’t like to reveal any secrets, but I try to be one of the first guys in” Matthews said regarding his typical arrival at the practice facility.  “I don’t got Vanderbilt classes no more.  [Editor’s note:  That sound you hear is the simultaneous cringing of every Vanderbilt graduate, living or dead.]  It’s a lot easier.  All I got to do is worry about football.”

It seems to be working.  Shorr-Parks writes that Matthews has looked good on the practice field, making catches in coverage and establishing chemistry with backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Ultimately, Matthews needs to develop chemistry with starting quarterback Nick Foles.  Presumably not with a tearful claim of “that’s my quarterback” during a post-game press conference.

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24 Responses to “Jordan Matthews tries to make a quick impact”
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 11, 2014 8:16 AM

    Sounds like a solid kid. Will be interesting to see how he feels the D-Jax void.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 11, 2014 8:16 AM

    How he fills the D-Jax void*

  3. 12strikes2 says: Jun 11, 2014 8:34 AM

    I don’t got doubt he’ll be a good receiver.

  4. enochmh2 says: Jun 11, 2014 8:57 AM

    Let’s calm down now, like him or not t.o is an all time great. Mathews has yet to line up against another team

  5. hotep999 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:06 AM

    haha @ tearful claim! Classic!

  6. rugdaniels says: Jun 11, 2014 9:08 AM

    Wait, the Eagles are getting ahead of themselves and hyping one of their players before they play one snap? How uncharacteristic.

    The Eagles usually don’t win their Super Bowls until August, it looks like they might take their championship in June this year. Chip really does speed everything up.

  7. jmac1013 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:09 AM

    The Eagles aren’t going to have one player replace desean’s production. It’s going to take several players to replace desean’s production; which is fine.

  8. oldbyrd says: Jun 11, 2014 9:14 AM

    I’m not a coach but, I’d feel a lot better with a fast guy that takes a safety and a corner back with him. He’s not a burner but, he is tall and has excellent moves. So, we will see.

  9. tvguy22 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:19 AM

    So are we going to start using verbatim quotes from every player? Or just the ones you’re trying to knock down a peg or two?

  10. cbs1971 says: Jun 11, 2014 9:25 AM

    Comparing him to TO huh? Well all Jordan has to do now is push-ups in his driveway and we’re set.

  11. b3nz0z says: Jun 11, 2014 9:34 AM

    excellent TO reference!

  12. elsantos420 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:26 AM

    This kid is facing the same problem as Ertz. The media wants them to start but no one told the guys ahead of them. People wrote off Arrelious Benn but he apparently is looking REALLY good. Same problem at TE as Celek is refusing to give up his starting spot. A problem the Eagles are happy to have I’m sure.

  13. tennesseetitan78 says: Jun 11, 2014 10:36 AM

    From watching this kid at Vanberbilt, he is a true class act!! He very easily could’ve came out of college after his JR yr but he decided to stay. He catches just about anything that’s thrown to him, very good hands, never complains and goes all out on every play. He was basically the only offensive weapon Vanderbilt had and SEC teams knew that and knew he was gonna get the ball and he made play after play. And with him in Chip Kelly’s offense, he could flourish this yr or next.
    On a side note not up until last yr no one knew that he was related to Jerry Rice, he never bought it up.. It wasn’t until the media found out and started asking him about it. I believe Philly got a good draft pick!!!

  14. eaglesw00t says: Jun 11, 2014 10:41 AM

    I’m not a coach but, I’d feel a lot better with a fast guy that takes a safety and a corner back with him. He’s not a burner but, he is tall and has excellent moves. So, we will see.


    I think a lot of coaches would disagree.

    Most would rather have a 6’3″ target possession receiver that runs a 4.4, than a 5’9″ tiny target receiver any day of the week.

    Jackson would not go over the middle. Jackson was easily jammed at the line. Matthews will not have that problem.

    With Maclin, Cooper, and Matthews on the field with Celek or Ertz, you have some big targets with good hands. Then Shady and Sproles coming out of the backfield are both excellent receivers.

    There are a lot of options for this offense. Philly will see less 70 yard TDs this year, and a lot more 20 yard plays and red zone TDs.

  15. Youknowimright says: Jun 11, 2014 10:59 AM

    4 years at Vanderbilt and you mangle the English language like that. One interview and that whole “really smart kid” vibe the Eagle’s had going about Matthews went right out the window. Chip Kelly back to school in 2015.

  16. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:06 AM

    I still have a sweet black 81 jersey with the name cut out of the back.

    That supreme piece of $h8.

  17. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 11, 2014 11:08 AM

    This guy seems, sounds (and kinda looks) like a Tim Duncan type player. And that’s a good thing.

  18. Youknowimright says: Jun 11, 2014 12:22 PM

    The bubble boy will struggle in the nfl. 44 of his inflated reception numbers were bubble screens. TO was jacked, could fly, and get opened whenever he wanted. I look at that picture and I want to give thst kid a cheeseburger and he is not that fast. Typical philly , trying to thrust stardom on someone before he has done anything. Ie. See dom brown.

  19. chaseutley says: Jun 11, 2014 12:28 PM

    The last 3 years that Jackson and Maclin played side-by-side, their per year production was pretty even.

    If healthy, Maclin fills DeSean’s production void, this year. Anything Jordan Matthews provides is a bonus.

    DeSean Jackson 2010-2012 (per season)
    Targets: 95.33
    Catches: 50
    Yards: 905.67
    TDs: 4

    Jeremy Maclin 2010-2012 (per season)
    Targets: 111.67
    Catches: 67.33
    Yards: 893.33
    TDs: 7.33

  20. phillyphannnn83 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:29 PM

    Yeah, they’re really trying to thrust stardom on him by having him run with the 2’s. Thanks for the laugh.

  21. Youknowimright says: Jun 11, 2014 12:53 PM

    A report came out yesterday that he is the best wr on the team and it is not even close. Are you serious ? They’re in helmets and shorts. Dont just bring blind fandom to the blog. Bring some knowledge. Thanks for the laugh.

  22. Youknowimright says: Jun 11, 2014 12:55 PM

    And he is running number one in the slot. But I’m sure you knew that already.

  23. listenupcupcake says: Jun 11, 2014 2:54 PM

    I’ve never been near Vandy. I still cringed….

  24. illwillthemick says: Jun 12, 2014 2:14 AM

    4 years at Vanderbilt and you mangle the English language like that. One interview and that whole “really smart kid” vibe the Eagle’s had going about Matthews went right out the window. Chip Kelly back to school in 2015.”

    that type of talk doesnt reflect how smart one is…. its how it rolls off the tongue, its addictive talking like that.. u nheed ta learn u sumpin’ son

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