Jordan Matthews
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Between knee, thumb and ankle injuries and a trade to the passing-game wasteland in Buffalo, 2017 was a lost season for Matthews, who saw only 36 targets and scored once. He had surgery on both the knee and ankle in December and signed an incentive-laden contract with the Patriots in April. At 6-3, 212, and with 4.46 speed, Matthews is big and fast, and he produced with average quarterback play his first three seasons in the league - more than 800 yards in each and 19 TDs over 46 games. A hamstring injury led to Matthews getting released and he'll look to carve out a role somewhere once he's healthy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $790,000 contract with the Eagles in September of 2018.
Return to Philadelphia official
WRFree Agent
September 19, 2018
The Eagles signed Matthews to a contract Wednesday, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Matthews, a 2014 second-round pick of the Eagles, will return to Philadelphia and add depth to a receiving corps that has been hit hard by injuries through the first two games of 2018. He'll assume the roster spot of Mike Wallace (leg), who was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Matthews managed only 25 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown in 10 games with the Bills last season, though it didn't help matters that he battled multiple injuries throughout the campaign. Now healthy after battling a hamstring injury this summer that resulted in him being cut by the Patriots, Matthews could vie for meaningful snaps right away thanks to his familiarity with Philadelphia's offensive scheme. Additionally, with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) facing an uncertain return date and Mack Hollins (groin) also on IR, the Eagles are lacking in any proven, healthy wideouts beyond Nelson Agholor.
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Snap Counts
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
844
2
2017
509
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Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   6' 3"
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Weight:   212 lbs
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40-Yard Dash:   4.46 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.18 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   6.95 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   33.25 in
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Hand Length:   10.38 in
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Vertical Jump:   36 in
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Broad Jump:   120 in
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Bench Press:   21 reps
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Philadelphia Eagles Team Injury Report
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Due to the offseason additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, Matthews' future with the Eagles still wasn't in question. Instead, a reduction in targets was expected. After one preseason game, though, Matthews found himself in different climes following a trade to Buffalo. He'll thus be the top target for Tyrod Taylor, who exchanged Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods for Matthews and Zay Jones, among other wideouts. Last season, Matthews' 6.9 YPT ranked 34th, while he hauled in just 13 passes of 20 or more yards and one of 40-plus yards on 117 targets. Granted, he was working with a rookie QB in Carson Wentz, but Matthews will have to develop a rapport with Taylor in order to produce consistently. As the No. 1 wideout in town, Matthews will have a great chance to reach the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in his career, health-permitting.
Matthews took over as the team's top target last year, but didn't get going until late in the season. His year-end totals were passable, but he made few big plays (three catches of 40-plus on 128 targets), wasn't especially efficient (7.8 YPT) and did much of his damage in Weeks 15-17 when it was too late. At 6-3, 212, with 4.46 40 speed, Matthews has the frame and athleticism to be a No. 1 NFL receiver, and this year he could be used both in the slot, where he played under Chip Kelly, and outside under new head coach Doug Pederson. But Pederson was Andy Reid's offensive coordinator in Kansas City, so it's possible he'll bring its low-octane dink-and-dunk attack to Philadelphia with him. Even if Pederson opens it up, Matthews will have to contend with the disappointing Sam Bradford and quite likely have to help break in rookie Carson Wentz when Bradford struggles or gets hurt. Matthews also has some competition for targets in second-year man Nelson Agholor and newly-acquired Rueben Randle, either of whom could carve into his role if he struggles.
Matthews might be the most obvious breakout candidate in this year's player pool. Not only did he have a strong rookie season (8.5 YPT on 103 targets), but the Eagles let Jeremy Maclin walk, making Matthews the de facto No. 1 target in what projects to be the league's fastest-paced offense. Moreover, at 6-3, 212, and running a 4.46 40, Matthews has the size/speed qualifications to take on the role, and Year 2 is frequently when receivers take a significant leap forward. Matthews will have to contend with an unsettled quarterback situation in Philadelphia with newly acquired Sam Bradford returning from an ACL tear and Mark Sanchez competing for the job. But Matthews had all three of his 100-yard games and six of his eight scores with Sanchez under center last year. The Eagles will run the ball a lot, especially with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews now in the fold, and they tend to spread the ball around, but Maclin racked up 145 targets last year as the team's top option. And while the team drafted Nelson Agholor late in the first round, the receiving corps lacks quality depth behind Matthews, as the uninspiring Riley Cooper and Miles Austin are the other options.
Taken in the second round by the Eagles, Matthews could hardly have landed in a better spot. At 6-3, 212 and running a 4.46 40, he has the size/speed combo to be an NFL No. 1 eventually, but will likely open the season as the team’s No. 3 behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Coach Chip Kelly likes to mix things up, though, and the distribution of targets between the three as well as the team’s two pass-catching tight ends is hardly set in stone.
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Spotted at Eagles' practice facility Tuesday
WRFree Agent
September 18, 2018
Matthews met with the Eagles on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of returning to Philadelphia, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
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Return to Patriots not ruled out
WRFree Agent
Hamstring
August 23, 2018
With the Patriots' wideout corps thinning out depth-wise, Matthews (hamstring) could end up being re-considered by the team down the road, NFL Network's Michael Giardi reports.
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Released by Patriots
WRFree Agent
Hamstring
August 7, 2018
The Patriots have released Matthews (hamstring) from IR with an injury settlement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Headed for IR
WRNew England Patriots
Hamstring
August 1, 2018
Updating a previous report, the Patriots placed Matthews (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
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Release on tap
WRFree Agent
Hamstring
August 1, 2018
The Patriots released Matthews (hamstring) on Wednesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.
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