He plays for the Eagles and wears No. 81. But those comparisons of rookie Jordan Matthews to Terrell Owens may be slightly premature.
“He was inconsistent,” coach Chip Kelly told reporters regarding the second-round wideouts preseason debut. “There was a ball on the sideline he could have caught. I don’t know if he was pressing, but there were some inconsistencies there. Sometimes, it’s the first time for guys in bright lights chance to play that out of their system and calm down.”
Matthews ultimately caught four passes for 14 yards against the Bears. With Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin banged up, Matthews will get more opportunities to become more consistent.
Still, it’s a work in progress. And there’s no guarantee that Matthews will be lighting up the scoreboard for the Eagles in 2014.
Whatever he does in 2014, Matthews could still become a star in the NFL. After all, even T.O. caught only 35 passes as a rookie in 1996.