NFL.com: Jordan Matthews One of League’s Best Slot Receivers
Jordan Matthews is the all-time leading receiver in the history of the SEC conference, but so far his pro career has been filled with inconsistency.
While he is the Eagles best receiver, he is finding himself playing as a slot receiver as the Eagles try to use his size to create match-up issues for smaller slot corners.
How does the thie third-year wide out rank among the leagues best slot receivers?
According to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling, Matthews has simply become one of the best slot guys - ranking him as the eighth best slot guy in the league.
Former Saints star Marques Colston paved the way for Matthews as a large-framed slot receiver capable of beating the occasional cornerback over the top and safeties down the seam. Matthews -- a second-round pick in 2014 -- had a special role under former Eagles coach Chip Kelly the past two years, working between the numbers to exploit size mismatches as a possession receiver with long arms, huge hands and the ability to come down with contested catches in high-traffic areas.
Although he's lining up outside more often in new Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson's offense, Matthews is still primarily a slot receiver mixing spectacular catches with flagrant drops.
Wesseling credits former Saints slot guy Marques Colston for paving the way for bigger slot guys like Matthews, who can use his 6-foot-3, 212 pound frame to gain an advantage on smaller nickle guys.
One thing is for sure, he will need to get more consistent with his hands, Matthews has posted some solid numbers so far, 13 catches for 185 yards and one touchdown, but should have had a second-straight 100-yard, one-touchdown game to open the season, but he dropped a 35-yard touchdown pass in the win over the Bears.