Eagles Rookie Jordan Matthews Hopes to Contribute Right-Away
It’s been nearly a month since the Philadelphia Eagles traded up 12 spots in the 2014 NFL draft to have the opportunity to select wide receiver Jordan Matthews with the 42nd overall draft choice. It’s only OTA's but Matthews is proving he was worth moving up to grab as one of the standouts so far at the Nova Care Complex
"Jordan has done a nice job since he's gotten here," said Eagles head football coach Chip Kelly.
During rookie minicamp, it was noted by Eagles reporter Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com that Matthews is "constantly sprinting" and "practices his ass off" at Eagles OTAs. He's certainly been making an impression in practice all spring.
“Obviously for all the rookies it's getting acclimated with what we are doing in terms of schemes and learning new terminology but you get great effort and a consistent approach on a daily basis from what he (Matthews) gives you,” Kelly explined.
Still 21 years old for the next month (he turns 22 on July 16), Matthews seems to have the maturity in order to be a potential standout at his position. Many observers have stated that Matthews will start his NFL career in the slot. Matthews however said he won't allow himself to worry about what his role on the team will be.
“I don't worry about all that stuff," Matthews said when asked about the vacancy in the slot. "I'll try and learn from the guys who are older. Try and learn from Brad, who is an awesome pro and has played in the league for a long time.”
While he isn't thinking about where he will line-up on the field every Sunday, coach Kelly was asked if it is a better idea to have him learn one position instead of having him move all-over-the-field during OTA's.
"No, they are just learning the offense and trying to get a feel for what they can do, and part of this process for us is not only are they learning it but we are learning them so what are their strengths, what are their weaknesses," Kelly explained. "We've got a long way before we play a game, so it's just a matter of getting as many guys out there and getting as many reps as we can with them.”
No games have been played and no padded practices have been conducted, but it’s hard to argue for a much better start out of a highly touted and a heavy investment caliber of player. It will just be up to Matthews to keep up a similar work ethic when he finds his footing in the area and the Eagles are into their regular season.