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.