Matthews, a second-round pick last month, previously had been working almost exclusively with the No. 2 offense, developing great chemistry with veteran backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.
If Matthews can contribute as a rookie, he’ll beef up considerably a depth chart that hopes to thrive without DeSean Jackson. Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin both re-signed prior to become free agents, but Maclin is under contract only for a year. Matthews could make Maclin a luxury that the Eagles don’t need.
That said, there’s a long way to go until Matthews lines up across from an NFL-caliber defensive back in a game that counts. When that happens, we’ll all know whether Matthews or any other rookie receivers can become the exception to the rule that it takes at least a year or two to find a groove at the wideout position.