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Jordan Matthews settles down, catches everything

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In his first preseason game, Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews dropped three passes and was labeled inconsistent by Eagles coach Chip Kelly. But there was nothing inconsistent about Matthews in his second preseason game.

Matthews caught every pass thrown to him on Friday night against the Patriots, finishing with nine catches for 104 yards. Kelly liked what he saw.

He was a little over-excited playing in his first NFL football game against Chicago, and the Jordan that we’ve seen in practices is the Jordan that you kind of saw today,” Kelly said after the game. “I think he had nine targets, nine catches. He did a good job with the run after the catch. It’s the same thing that we’ve seen when we’ve been at our training sessions at the NovaCare is what we finally saw tonight. He’s just such an emotional guy and plays at such a high level that I think he was probably just ramped up a little bit too [much] in the Chicago game, so I’m glad with what we saw tonight.”

Matthews said he feels that the game is starting to slow down for him as he gets more comfortable in his surroundings.

“First preseason game, seemed kind of fast, it slowed down. It’s going to be the same way in the regular season, and then as we go on,” Matthews said. “Going into this game, I said I’m going to do my job and make the plays that need to be made. Don’t try to be a world beater, just do what you gotta do.”

That’s what the Eagles want Matthews to keep doing when the games count.

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56 Responses to “Jordan Matthews settles down, catches everything”
  1. dallassux says: Aug 16, 2014 9:52 AM

    But their gonna lose every game because they lost D jack. Chip is fat blah blah

    Eagles 2014 NFC East champs

  2. TheVet700level says: Aug 16, 2014 9:55 AM

    He looks good going against the second team, I want to see him go against first team talent. He caught a lot of balls when he was wide open, he needs to show he can make the plays in traffic.

  3. fissels says: Aug 16, 2014 9:57 AM

    The Eagles should be very happy that they drafted this guy

  4. phillytailgater says: Aug 16, 2014 9:57 AM

    This kid wants to matter in this league. Love his passion and work ethic. The last thing I worry about is him being prepared for gameday. Keep doing what your doing Jordan. Sky’s the limit!

  5. llcamino says: Aug 16, 2014 9:58 AM

    D-E-F-E-N-S-E!

  6. codythao35 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:04 AM

    I have not seen as bad of defenses on both sides of the ball. New England and Eagles, seriously over 40+ points in scoring? Hope they can fix their D’s before regular season otherwise it’ll be hard for both teams to win games.

  7. vusnu says: Aug 16, 2014 10:10 AM

    He looks good going against the second team, I want to see him go against first team talent. He caught a lot of balls when he was wide open, he needs to show he can make the plays in traffic.

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    So in your eyes, getting open is not one of the job duties of a receiver.

  8. floratiotime says: Aug 16, 2014 10:15 AM

    I’d say it’s pretty obvious that the braggart Eagles have another first ballot HOFer on their hands. That’s makes about 50 on the current roster.

  9. kerzondax says: Aug 16, 2014 10:18 AM

    Not an Eagles fan but good for the kid! I just love seeing hard working kids succeed. Best of luck to him … except if he meets my team in the Playoffs. =)

  10. mnjoemama says: Aug 16, 2014 10:20 AM

    Mike Zimmer is a defensive genius ! Skol vikes

  11. jucam1 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:21 AM

    Here’s the thing. The Eagles might not be great this year, but their division is such a sad joke that they are going to win it by 2 games. The Cowboys are a joke, the Offensive Word DC team has a QB that wont play more than 5 games and 20 malcontents that will poison the well by game 11 and the Giants will be ok but the human turn over machine is going to hand the division to Philly. I don’t know if they win a playoff game, but the Eagles are way better than theur divisional does.

  12. dallassux says: Aug 16, 2014 10:27 AM

    floratiotime says:
    Aug 16, 2014 10:15 AM
    I’d say it’s pretty obvious that the braggart Eagles have another first ballot HOFer on their hands. That’s makes about 50 on the current

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    Yawn. But at least the eagles rookie receiver makes it’s on to the field unlike a certain Giants Rookie WR. No wonder the eagles own the Giants

  13. officialgame says: Aug 16, 2014 10:29 AM

    I was even flagged for eating Doritos. Eight refs, one a women, and penalty’s on 65% of the plays it took 4 hours to for a 60 minute game. Thanks Goodell for ruining the best game on earth.

  14. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 10:45 AM

    2 catches 22 yards against the 1s. Eagle apologists are fitting this guy for a gold jacket already

  15. albanyjints says: Aug 16, 2014 10:46 AM

    How many Super Bowls do the Eagles have? Loser team in a city of losers.

  16. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 10:47 AM

    - The biggest player to watch out for here is Jordan Matthews who has a slightly above-average drop rate of 7.69%. There were a few 50/50 drops that I hedged on Matthews’ side for. He could realistically be anywhere between 7-11%. If you’re watching Matthews intently, keep an eye on his hands.

    Straight from rotoworld

  17. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 16, 2014 10:53 AM

    Against twos and mostly 3s with of coverage please !!! i wont look too far into that performance

  18. 4thandlonger says: Aug 16, 2014 10:57 AM

    Really like this guy.

    Can’t believe he got in to the second round of the draft and so many other WR’s got chosen before him.

    Same thing happened with Alshon Jeffery.

  19. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 11:04 AM

    He’s not Alshon at all. Nice try though

  20. mancave001 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:05 AM

    Love how people say what “Eagle fans” think and are doing. First, we’re EagleS fans, not “Eagle” fans. Secondly, you obviously don’t know any fans personally. Everyone I know is optimistic but taking a wait and see approach with both Matthews and Foles. Ditto on losing Jackson.

  21. billswillnevermove says: Aug 16, 2014 11:05 AM

    I love this kid…..in my opinion one of the best WR’s in the draft. If the Bills wouldn’t have moved up for Sammy Watkins, this is the kid I wanted them to take!! He is going to be a good one. Go luck this year Eagle fans.

  22. dallassux says: Aug 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    The haters are hilarious today. Jordan matthews has a great game…..but the eagles have no Super Bowls.

    Relevant how? Come on guys. Boring.

  23. mancave001 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    albanyjints says:

    How many Super Bowls do the Eagles have? Loser team in a city of losers.
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    Wow, that’s original. Making fun of a team because they haven’t won a Super Bowl. Classy.

  24. perkjctc says: Aug 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    First game he played poorly and everyone immediately jumped on him as a bust. Second game he catches everything and everyone says it was against the 2’s. He’s a rookie and going to have ups and downs. I’m not calling him a HOF’er but he’ll eventually grow into a solid starter. It just probably won’t be this season.

  25. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 16, 2014 11:06 AM

    It’s preseason!! If this kid is any good or not will be determined until the regular season when there is actually game plans put in place and all the starters are playing. Sorry that’s reality for both the Eagle fans who want to have him fitted for a gold jacket and the haters. Eagle fans as far as deeming him the replacement for D-Jax or better than D-Jax …last I looked D-Jax has over 6000 yds and is only 27. And yes that’s all regular season yards. How many regular season yards has Mathews had? He’s got a very long way to go before being in D-Jax league. Face it…you wish D-Jax was still on your team or you wouldn’t keep bringing him up. Your locker room or receiving corps don’t seemed to have improved since he was cut.
    Remember in Chip you trust.

  26. dallassux says: Aug 16, 2014 11:09 AM

    Love the guy from Albany calling Philly a loser city. Classic

  27. chrisk61 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:15 AM

    eagles will be fine. on both sides of ball. let the pre-season pundits / desean jackson lovers / delusions jints who think their defense is improoved and new offense will be good keep spouting their vitriol.

    eagles offense is loaded. and the key is nick foles — the efficient distributor of the football. a smart guy who reads defenses, checks down quickly and gets the football out efficiently to the open guy.

    you people keep spewing your negativity. because you only have a few more wks, til sept 7, to do it.

  28. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 11:16 AM

    I know tons of eagles apologists. Every one of them says 11-5 12-4. Funny you guys beat raiders bucs Kyle Orton Scott tolzein and the skins twice. 60 percent of wins last year were against nobodies. Chips a genius though sports science and running fast plays. Eagles apologists act like chips the first coach to serve healthy food. Also 12th most plays ran last year. Innovation!

  29. stunzeed5 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:22 AM

    ZERO TROPHIES

  30. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 11:22 AM

    Eagles offense loaded? Who is catching footballs? Cooper is not a good player at all. And the last d maclin scared was a big 12 d

  31. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 16, 2014 11:25 AM

    I like this kid and think he can be good… shame he got drafted by Eagles and Chip Kelly

  32. isithockeyseasonyet says: Aug 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    Preseason games are hard to watch even when there aren’t phantom penalties called on both teams…there was no flow and the game nearly lasted 4 hours! Idk how any of you could take anything positive or negative from either team, there was NO flow…yawn

  33. dallassux says: Aug 16, 2014 11:35 AM

    @canibisgreat – dude do u watch football? Wow

  34. kingleo14 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:37 AM

    Let’s see how he does going up against the jaguars ddefense first game of the season

  35. ericboles says: Aug 16, 2014 11:37 AM

    He played with the first team by the way. Benn, Momah and Matthews started.

  36. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 11:41 AM

    Can you have an opinion of the eagles that doesn’t make them out to be Super Bowl contenders? The eagles wideouts- 2 rookies, cooper is terrible, maclin same acl torn twice and he’s never been more than a solid 2. No one who catches balls for the birds scare anyone. Not one. McCoy best back in the league by far.

    Eagles apologist consistently over rate their team so I’m going to consistently put you people in your place

  37. cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 11:50 AM

    Before dallassux tells me how great Riley cooper is: 3 catches or less 12 of 16 games. Over half of his tds in 2 games and almost 20 percent of receiving yards on 4 catches. Riley cooper scares absolutely positively nooooooo bodddddyyyyyyyy bottom third receiver in this league and it’s not close

  38. 4thandlonger says: Aug 16, 2014 11:58 AM

    Not saying his is Jeffery. But he set the all time SEC record for yards and catches. He’s got great size. Can make enough types of catches easily and moves well enough. More Brandon Marshall than Jeffery’s freak catches. But either way mid second round pick sounds decent.

    He could contribute barring injury this year as a better than average number 3. And be a great number 2 pretty quick and eventually a number 1. His success this year probably depends on the veterans standing up and if the running game and Foles can be like last year. Overall though I’m still seeing a Philly offense that’s now set long term.

    If Chip is as smart as I think he is he’ll be trying to build a bit of a cheaper younger more dominant on the rise offense. An offense build like Seattle’s dominant young defense. Then Chip can spend the dollars on free agent defensive buys and spend the picks there a bit like Seattle did on pieces of their offense over the years like Lynch and Harvin. Develop what you are good at with young players on the rise. Pay for what you need help with. It’s how business work, should be how NFL teams work if they have a head coach who’s particularly dominant on one side of the ball.

  39. wolfies30 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:02 PM

    Let’s see:

    1). A sportswriter writes an article about a rookie WR having a solid preseason game.
    2). Eagles fans state they like his work ethic.
    3). Eagles haters somehow interpret the above two statements to mean that Eagles fans are making him out to be a HOF’er.

    I wish I could say that this reach of a connection is rare, but unfortunately, it isn’t. Here’s the crazy thing–take a moment and read through the comments on this site. You will see the Eagles fans on here are more realistic, objective, and non-confrontational than many, many, of the fans from other teams on here. Most of us do not expect Foles to throw just 2 interceptions this year. We aren’t anointing him the next Joe Montana. What we are excited about is the potential this young team has, and we are excited about the culture Chip has brought into the city.

    Will it translate to a Lombardi in the future? Who knows, but we like the direction we are currently going.

  40. antneejay2 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:02 PM

    “@canibisgreat – dude do u watch football? Wow”

    Yeah, but he thinks it’s synchronized swimming.

  41. vegasdestroyer says: Aug 16, 2014 12:44 PM

    How does a GM make a bonehead pick of Smith and then a genius pick like Matthews?

  42. distracted9 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:54 PM

    I’m a huge Eagles fan.. I’m optimistic but realistic at the same time. I really like what I see from Jordan Matthews. Great size, great work ethic, great attitude. . Will that translate to production on the field? We will see but if it doesn’t it won’t be from a lack of him giving 100% everyday.

  43. Youknowimright says: Aug 16, 2014 1:40 PM

    He did well because they went to his strenghts o give the kid confidence. He got little swing passes in space. that is who he is. He cannot separate or win in traffic. He is a relatively slow 6’3 220 lb slot receiver. I just don’t think he is ever going to be a to type outside receiver. Just does not seem fast or strong enough. He will struggle in a real non college offense or if they try to treat him like a real wr that goes over the middle or tries to get past people deep. He is the bubble screen boy.

  44. boyshole25 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:00 PM

    Huge skins fan here, I loved this kid coming out and didn’t want him in the division but hey ya can’t always get whAt ya want

  45. n0hopeleft says: Aug 16, 2014 2:14 PM

    Eagles don’t own anything besides a bunch of early January exits and the worst fans in the country.

    The GMEN laugh at you and your 50+years of failure.

  46. blockedshotnyr says: Aug 16, 2014 2:30 PM

    Matthews looked good and seems to have the head and talent to succeed in the league, but time will tell.

    The real story here, and throughout the preseason is the officiating. If this carries over into the regular season, it is going to miserable to watch football. The officiating is completely out of control.

  47. usg1 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:56 PM

    cannabisisgreat says: Aug 16, 2014 11:41 AM

    Can you have an opinion of the eagles that doesn’t make them out to be Super Bowl contenders? The eagles wideouts- 2 rookies, cooper is terrible, maclin same acl torn twice and he’s never been more than a solid 2. No one who catches balls for the birds scare anyone. Not one. McCoy best back in the league by far.

    Eagles apologist consistently over rate their team so I’m going to consistently put you people in your place

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    LMAO, strong life you have there

  48. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 16, 2014 4:43 PM

    don’t think much of Chip or Foles long-term… both are fads IMO

    do like Matthews and McCoy (though McCoy is nowhere near being on par w/ Peterson and should shut up)

    Eagles are only NFC East team to have NEVER won a thing…. all others have minimum of 3 SB wins

    Eagles will battle Giants for 2nd place in the division; Redskins will win and Cowboys will finish last

  49. steves11 says: Aug 16, 2014 5:10 PM

    “took 4 hours to for a 60 minute game. Thanks Goodell for ruining the best game on earth”

    That will never fly in the regular season, when they have to start worrying about the TV schedule and games running over their allotted time. Goodell will instruct the refs to scale back on the penalties. They’re like traffic cops…they have their quotas, and obviously the quotas are higher in the preseason.

  50. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 16, 2014 5:11 PM

    Matthews would have been nice complement to DJax

  51. NFLJunkie says: Aug 16, 2014 5:17 PM

    2 catches 22 yards against the 1s. Eagle apologists are fitting this guy for a gold jacket already
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    Over what, a quarter or quarter and a half when the 1s played? So extrapolating on the conservative side, still on pace for 5 catches and 50 yards had the 1s played the whole way. In his second time seeing an opposing NFL defense. Doesn’t suck for a 2nd round rookie WR.

    Don’t want to see this kid buried in unrealistic expectations, but he definitely has a chance to be a really good player in this league if he keeps it up. Has a really good head on his shoulders, too, which will only help.

  52. dallassux says: Aug 16, 2014 5:50 PM

    Classy as always by nopholeleft. Glad to see your still jealous the eagles own the giants. But keep watching from your club box. Cause that’s cool.

  53. skins26portis says: Aug 16, 2014 8:42 PM

    I watched the Eagles vs Pats game and you Eagles fans better be concerned with your horrible defense. They cant stop the run and my Redskins are going to run it down your throats this season. HTTR

  54. fanofthegame1 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:43 PM

    Marcus Smith is going to be just fine. You would have to know nothing about football to call him a bad pick. Matthews didn’t come out early and looks further along than most rookie WR’s. Nice size for a slot.

  55. vegasdestroyer says: Aug 17, 2014 9:50 AM

    So will Curtis Marsh.

  56. zinger92 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:59 AM

    Curtis marsh is a special teamer and had no business being on the field

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