Jordan Matthews: Knee, not contract, kept me out of spring work

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The Eagles said wide receiver Jordan Matthews was going to be a limited participant in the early stages of training camp because of a knee injury, but reports from Thursday’s practice indicated that any limitations were minor ones as Matthews was one of the first on the field and one of the last to leave.

Matthews’ injury was described as tendinitis, but he said he didn’t want to put “a specific word on it” when he met with the media after practice. He was more willing to discuss a recent report that his absence from practices in the spring was about his desire for a new contract rather than any issue with his knee.

“I would literally never do that,” Matthews said, via ESPN.com. “If you guys know me any from the time I’ve been here, I go to work. This is a privilege to be able to play football regardless, whether it’s the Philadelphia Eagles or it’s anybody, to play in the NFL, I’ve always wanted to do this. So any day I can come out here and play, I’m going to do that. I believe that when you go to work, you’ll end up seeing the fruits of your labor get paid off. I would never sit out to try and force somebody’s hand. That’s just not me. I’m going to come out here and go to work. I wasn’t able to, that was the breaks, but I’m out here now ready to go.”

Matthews is in the fourth and final year of the rookie deal he signed as a second-round pick in 2014 and there hasn’t been any indication that the Eagles want to lock him up before the season. Given the other moves they made at receiver this offseason, they may not change course when the year is out.

If so, Matthews will be winding down his time with the Eagles and staying healthy will be essential to landing a deal anywhere when 2018 rolls around.

6 responses to “Jordan Matthews: Knee, not contract, kept me out of spring work

  1. Will be interesting to see how Matthews does when opposing defenses are forced to pay some attention to other receivers. I could see him having a solid season. Goes without saying that he needs to continue cleaning up the drops.

  2. cookerduff123 says:
    Jul 28, 2017 8:11 AM

    Will be interesting to see how Matthews does when opposing defenses are forced to pay some attention to other receivers. I could see him having a solid season. Goes without saying that he needs to continue cleaning up the drops.
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    I mean, he’s had “solid” seasons when he’s the only NFL caliber WR on the field for the Eagles. I’d imagine that his numbers won’t be much higher, as the other guys will actually be catching balls this year, but he’s not going to be the focus, so his drops should decrease due to less ‘contested’ catches, maybe?

  3. Matthews has been one of the most prolific wrs to start his career in NFL history. The guy is extremely underrated. But hes kind of brought it on his self with the drops.

  4. I’m calling that he underperforms comparitively speaking to prior years.

    He’s NOT a #1 or #2 WR – doesn’t have any speed. Chokes under pressure. Says the right stuff all the time but doesn’t back it up… needs to shut up and play better.

    He’s a slot guy on a contract year playing for an offense that wants two TE sets on field…he simply won’t have as much reps on-field and he will play a different WR position this year because of Torrey & Alshon.

    His highest value to Philly is in a trade ASAP before the rest of the league catches on to his deficiencies.

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