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Brad Smith ahead of Jordan Matthews on first Eagles depth chart

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Wide receiver Jordan Matthews has drawn plenty of rave reviews at Eagles practices this year, leading to high expectations about what he’ll do in Chip Kelly’s offense as a rookie.

Those rave reviews haven’t moved him to the top of the depth chart, however. The Eagles list three starting wideouts on their initial depth chart for the 2014 season and, as expected, Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin hold down two of those spots. Matthews is nestled behind veteran Brad Smith at the third receiver position, something that not many people would expect to be the case once the season gets underway.

It may be a case of rookies having to earn their way to the highest rungs, as fellow 2014 draft pick Josh Huff finds himself running on the third string behind Jeff Maehl and Arrelious Benn. Assuming that Cooper, Maclin, Matthews and Smith all make the 53-man roster, there are probably two other receiver slots and it would seem unlikely that the team would cut a third-round pick in favor of two veterans with middling pro resumes.

With tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz also expected to see plenty of playing time — the Eagles listed two starting tight ends last year — there will likely be plenty of fluidity among the team’s receiving options regardless of how they stack up on the depth chart. Throw in the versatile Darren Sproles and the Eagles depth chart might wind up as more of a suggestion than those of most other teams.

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23 Responses to “Brad Smith ahead of Jordan Matthews on first Eagles depth chart”
  1. MikeisWise says: Aug 5, 2014 9:26 AM

    Remember when the Bills gave Brad Smith a 15 million contract lol

  2. zinger92 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:28 AM

    Yeah, not for long. Just Chip trying to make his players work harder to get better. Looking forward to Matthews being a demon in the slot this year.

  3. notthetroll says: Aug 5, 2014 9:36 AM

    Probably wise to not hand him anything. Good move for now.

  4. kastout11 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:38 AM

    Won’t last. Matthews will be the #3, even though he will not see many targets. With Maclin, Cooper, Eartz, Celek, McCoy and Sproles being great receivers out of the backfield, I doubt Matthews will see more than 3 or 4 targets per game.

  5. succulentnipples says: Aug 5, 2014 9:42 AM

    Chipper knows.

  6. bryska212 says: Aug 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    In Chip, we trust!

  7. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    lol brad smith lol

  8. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 5, 2014 9:54 AM

    not for long, just like others have said, Chip making Jordan earn his spot.
    Looking fwd to seeing what Matthews can do this season… 6’3″, 215 lbs, and good hands, can’t wait to see this guy blow up small CB’s!

  9. JackedUpSports says: Aug 5, 2014 9:56 AM

    this kid’s gonna be the real deal

  10. Fantasy Football Rankings says: Aug 5, 2014 9:58 AM

    Give it a week, he’ll be starting soon

  11. tvguy22 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:22 AM

    I’m excited for the future of the Eagles, for the first time in a long time.

  12. rrhoe says: Aug 5, 2014 10:23 AM

    This kid Matthews may or may not be a very good player,there have been “many” talented wr’s that were good in college that couldn’t make it in the NFL. Hopefully,this kid becomes a good player,let’s all wait to find out–but this perception that everybody on the Eagles will have career years in the “Great Chip Kelly offense” well,I guess we don’t need to play the games this year and just hand them the trophy.

  13. s0merand0mguy says: Aug 5, 2014 10:26 AM

    non-story… Just a great coach doing what every great coach does. Makes his player earn it.

  14. TheDPR says: Aug 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    It is also a position thing isn’t it?
    Brad Smith can play the slot and is likely in the Jason Avant role this year. Maclin, Cooper, and Matthews are more wideout guys, I think.

  15. tomcous says: Aug 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    Rook has gotta earn it. People shouldn’t under-estimate Smith either. He wasn’t a QB! but he very much is an offensive weapon.

  16. 700levelvet says: Aug 5, 2014 10:41 AM

    It all depends on Saint Nick …how far they actually go… Time will tell

  17. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 5, 2014 10:42 AM

    Looks like the second coming of Fred “Express” Mitchell to me….

  18. birdgang321 says: Aug 5, 2014 10:48 AM

    Brad smith is terrible, he’s a gimmick player with a little bit of kick off return ability. Chip is just making Matthews earn his spot which is how it should be. He will be the 3rd wideout by the 3rd or 4th preseason game.

  19. gnorules says: Aug 5, 2014 11:00 AM

    When are people going to accept that Chip changes who’s playing with the 1′s 2′s and 3′s each day. He repeats every time that he’s trying to get in as many snaps a possible and they all rotate. He doesn’t seem to care who’s playing with each team, especially in the first two weeks of training camp.

  20. birdgang321 says: Aug 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    I would be more worried about maclin then this dude right now. Guys made of glass and can’t stay on the field half the time.

  21. Youknowimright says: Aug 5, 2014 3:44 PM

    Someone give matthews a cheeseburger. He looks pretty thin to compete at this level. He caught 44 bubble screens last yr in college. his stats were way inflated because of that. Pump the breaks on this kid. I want to see him win in press coverage before I get excited about him.

  22. bigbluepa83 says: Aug 5, 2014 5:50 PM

    Eagles fans “never been this excited about are team this year!”, as a Gmen fan from PA all I ever hear, year after year is the eagles r gona win this year, this is r year! Lmao get real, it never happens kids

  23. richardmswartz says: Aug 6, 2014 1:29 PM

    I’m excited about Matthews and all but can we wait for one or two preseason games to assess. Personally, I think he’ll be on the outside with Cooper, leaving Maclin in the slot – where Maclin may be absolutely dominant in.

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