Doug Pederson doesn’t see reduced role for Jordan Matthews this year

AP

There was talk this offseason that the Eagles might have interest in trading wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who is entering the final year of his contract and doesn’t appear to be on the verge of getting another one in Philadelphia.

No trade happened, but talk of a change in status for Matthews has continued into training camp. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich was asked several questions about Matthews during his Monday press conference, including ones about whether he could lose playing time out of the slot to Nelson Agholor.

“I think that’s to be determined,” Reich said in comments distributed by the team. “And that’s going to be determined by how things roll out, how he plays and how things play out in that room, competitively.”

Head coach Doug Pederson had a different answer on Tuesday. Per multiple reports, Pederson said that he doesn’t see Matthews playing a reduced role for the team this season.

Whether or not that’s the case in terms of playing time, it’s hard to see Matthews playing the same role he did last year. Matthews led the team with 117 targets in 2016, but Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith weren’t on that team and their presence is going to change the way the offense flows in Philadelphia this year.

12 responses to “Doug Pederson doesn’t see reduced role for Jordan Matthews this year

  1. So a B string producer sets up a protest for a B string QB with Ringling Bros as his entourage and this is news but an active member of our military PLAYING in the NFL gets to perform a re-enlistment ceremony for two other sailors after a joint practice (with most of both teams supporting it!) and not a peep from this place
    Gotta love PFT

  2. People keep talking about Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith as if both acquisitions are on the same level. Smith is a great guy but not a great WR. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him end up as the #4 guy behind Jeffery, Matthews, and Agholor.

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    joeychittwood says:

    August 8, 2017 at 11:49 am
    So a B string producer sets up a protest for a B string QB with Ringling Bros as his entourage and this is news but an active member of our military PLAYING in the NFL gets to perform a re-enlistment ceremony for two other sailors after a joint practice (with most of both teams supporting it!) and not a peep from this place
    Gotta love PFT
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    Maybe if you post your comment on the correct story, you’ll see plenty of other comments posted by that share your opinion.

  4. If Matthews loses playing time to Nelson Agholor, the Eagles are in deep trouble. There are two years of film on that bum. Matthews produces. Agholor doesn’t. The talk of NA overtaking JMatt are that of the overactive imaginations of Eagles fans and the media looking for clicks.

  5. joeychittwood says:
    August 8, 2017 at 11:49 am
    So a B string producer sets up a protest for a B string QB with Ringling Bros as his entourage and this is news but an active member of our military PLAYING in the NFL gets to perform a re-enlistment ceremony for two other sailors after a joint practice (with most of both teams supporting it!) and not a peep from this place
    Gotta love PFT
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    Enough ass-kissing the military. This particular instance you brought up isn’t interesting in any way.

  6. If the eagles are going to trade jmatt its not happening now.. it will be closer to the deadline. u cant bank how a rec will preform off of thier training camp and preseason performances. Definately if that someone is Nelson. That guy has always looked good in the preseason. and we all knoe how that turns out. Also we dont know what to expect from any other reciever on the team.. except for jmatt..

  7. Matthews has 225 receptions for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three seasons in the NFL. Only six players in NFL history amassed more in all three categories their first three seasons.

    You wanna mess with trading that so you can rely on a chronically injured player who was busted for PEDs, a guy who is two years removed from his last impact season, and a first rounder who has never showed up on Sundays, be my guest.

    I personally would hang onto him.

  8. If he just wouldn’t drop the damn ball! I watched him make some ridiculous catches while at Vandy…his drops are all mental, if he can fix that he will put up some good numbers and help move the chains. Hopefully the additions of AJ and smith take some pressure off of him and let him ball.

  9. I wouldn’t be in a hurry to trade Matthews yet. Not one other receiver has proven anything yet. Sure he has had some frustrating drops…I nearly broke my tv on some of them…but he has produced solid numbers. And with actual number one receiver threat this year in Jeffrey, Matthews can finally play the role he should be in.

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