Philadelphia Eagles: Biggest Matchups Facing Jordan Matthews in Rookie Season

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Philadelphia Eagles: Biggest Matchups Facing Jordan Matthews in Rookie Season
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While he wasn't the team's first-round selection, Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews was arguably the Philadelphia Eagles' flashiest draft pick.

Matthews was a highly accomplished player in college, finishing with SEC career records for both receptions and yards. He put up impressive numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine and football certainly runs in his bloodlines, seeing as he is Jerry Rice's cousin.

Matthews will begin the 2014 season as the slot receiver, where he will compete for snaps behind Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. But he has the talent to be productive on the outside, and if he plays well, he will see time there.

Rookie receivers historically make a slow transition to the NFL level. Matthews will be playing in an elite offense, one led by a Pro Bowl quarterback and coached by an offensive guru. Matthews could be the team's No. 1 receiver by the end of his rookie campaign, but these will likely be his most difficult matchups in year one.

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