Eagles to sign WR Jordan Matthews, again

Eliot Shorr-Parks
November 06, 2019 - 12:29 pm

He’s back like he never left — and he never should have. 

The Eagles have re-signed receiver Jordan Matthews, according to Ian Rapoport, a move they made after placing receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve late Tuesday. 

Matthews later tweeted, confirming the news. 

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Matthews, a second-round pick of the team in 2014, has played 60 very productive games for the team, catching 245 passes for 2,973 yards and 21 touchdowns. 

He was traded away prior to the start of the 2017 season to Buffalo, and then re-signed last season the team needed help at receiver. Matthews played 14 games for the Eagles last year, starting three, while catching 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns, including one in the team’s playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. 

Some thoughts on the signing: 

** Matthews will likely be used in a similar role to last season, when he lined up both outside and in the slot, but spent the majority of his time in the slot. The move will likely also result in Nelson Agholor spending more time on the outside, opposite Alshon Jeffery. Matthews was able to be a big-play threat down the field last season, pulling in a long touchdown against Tennessee and getting behind the Giants defense as well for what should have been a long touchdown. Look for Matthews to be sent deep as well this time around. 

*** The passing game has been a mess this season. Matthews should be able to help. Quarterback Carson Wentz has shown great chemistry with Matthews, and of all the full-time receivers on the roster, has the best completion percentage when throwing his way: 

Matthews: 245/374 (65%)
Agholor: 217/359 (60%)
Alshon: 304/529 (57%)

Matthews will likely be a target for Wentz on key third downs. 

** Now that he has had to bring back Matthews a second time, it is clear that general manager Howie Roseman made a mistake consistently passing on keeping the receiver. While the position has been one of constant change, injuries and poor play, Matthews has been arguably the most dependable and productive receiver on the roster when he has been with the team. His decision to trade Matthews away in 2017 was a mistake, as cornerback Ronald Darby has been a dissapointment since coming to the team, and Roseman sent out a third-round pick as well. This offseason, Roseman showed more faith in Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside than he did Matthews, allowing the veteran receiver to go sign with San Francisco. Roseman is lucky Matthews is available, and assuming he plays at the level he normally does this season, he should be re-signed this offseason. 

The Eagles are off this Sunday, but return to action the following week at home against the New England Patriots. 

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