Jordan Matthews: Competitive wide receiver group is “best thing ever”

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Wide receiver Jordan Matthews met the media on Thursday for the first time since signing with the Patriots as a free agent and said that he felt New England offered “the best opportunity for me to grow as a player” of any team that showed interest in signing him this offseason.

In order for Matthews to grow as a player, he’ll have to actually get on the field and neither the contract he signed nor the other receivers on hand offer much in the way of a guarantee that Matthews will even make the team out of camp this summer. Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson are also on hand at receiver, but Matthews sees the competition for spots as a positive.

“I think it’s the best thing ever,” Matthews said in comments distributed by the team. “I think that’s what’s really going to breed greatness in all of us. At the end of the day, if you don’t have that type of competition then that’s the easiest way that guys start saying, ‘OK, this guy’s a rookie. This guy’s young. This guy has no production.’ But I feel like we have a group of a lot of guys that are not just competitors, but they have had production in the league so they’ve proven it. So, it’s not just, ‘OK, this guy has potential.’ No, there’s a lot of production, so I think that’s one thing to really be excited about. But also, there are a lot of great guys. I’ve spent some time around Julian [Edelman], talking to him, so I can’t wait to meet the rest of them.”

Matthews was asked later if he’s most comfortable as a slot receiver and said he feels equally at home inside or outside. Showing that kind of versatility on the field would be a plus as he tries to carve out a niche in the Patriots offense.

19 responses to “Jordan Matthews: Competitive wide receiver group is “best thing ever”

  1. Someone’s getting cut or traded. You got a TE who gets the ball a lot too.

    Matthews would be lucky to catch 25 passes(if he makes the team).

    Who plays special teams, besides Patterson’s obvious role?

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    At 6’3″ and 215 lbs Matthews presents a mismatch in the slot. This is the type of situation that the Patriots like to exploit.
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  3. Get ready for dropped passes, Pats fans. Matthews drops a lot of balls. They’re usually critical drops too. like 3rd downs and TDs and such.

  4. “Someone’s getting cut or traded.”

    Wow there’s a piece of wisdom for ya. Guess what. Every team starts the offseason with 90 players and has to cut down to 53 by the end of training camp, so “someone’s getting cut” on every single team, 37 someones actually.

    As far as the Pats if Matthews learns the playbook and proves himself in camp and the preseason he’ll make the team. If he doesn’t he won’t plain and simple. Belichick has often taken on reclamation projects. Some work out, the ones that don’t are unceremoniously cut.

  5. It wasn’t too long ago that he was the Eagles top receiver. He’s had a lot of bad luck with injuries. Good player, great person. I’ll bet he does very well in NE. Don’t bet against it.

  6. Mathews lost only two fumbles in his career. Bill likes guys who protect the football.

    He appears to have a great attitude.

    When he’s on the field with Gronk, Patterson, Britt and Burkhead the opposing corners and safeties are going take a lot of punishment.

  7. It will be curious to see how he responds to actually having an NFL caliber QB throwing him the ball for the first time in his career, let alone the GOAT.

  8. Eagles fan here. Appreciate his service. He was miscast as our #1. More of a solid #3.

    Yes he’s 6’3″ and 215 but he’s got hands of stone. The Pats only guaranteed him 170K…so not like they’re taking a risk. He’s not a special teams guy so hope he’s one of their top receivers.

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    April 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    Great signing. If the dude is healthy, non-Pats fans will be ticked off that BB has done it again.
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    I like the guy, but if he left the Bills and went to any other team, you would of said, the guys stinks or he is overrated, that is just the way you roll.

  10. billswillnevermove says:
    April 12, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 12, 2018 at 4:29 pm
    Great signing. If the dude is healthy, non-Pats fans will be ticked off that BB has done it again.
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    I like the guy, but if he left the Bills and went to any other team, you would of said, the guys stinks or he is overrated, that is just the way you roll.

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    Nope. He wants to be there and look at the atttiude. Nuff said. Has zero to do with any other team. He wants a ring. Welcome.

  11. He’s played w/QB’s who throw the ball where he’ll get killed.

    Brady puts his balls where receivers avoid major contact much of the time. Tyrod….got his receivers murdered.

  12. Good player when in philly. Roseman traded him only after signing tow veterans. Should be a good addition for the second place Patriots.

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