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By the time the NFL season rolls around, the Jordan Matthews hype is going to be bigger than what surrounded DeSean Jackson entering his rookie season.
Matthews has all the physical attributes to be a standout receiver in this league. He’s 6’3”, 215 pounds, ran a 4.46 40-yard dash and led his position group with 23 repetitions on the bench press (results per NFL.com). Matthews is expected to begin the season as the slot receiver and third option behind veterans Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, but that could easily change.
Maclin is coming off a torn ACL and Cooper will have to prove he wasn’t just a flash-in-the-pan. Both DeSean Jackson and Cooper put up career-best seasons under Chip Kelly, so that bodes well for Matthews.
So far, Matthews has been extremely impressive, per Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski.
In limited media access to OTAs so far, Jordan Matthews has looked like the best WR on the team, in my opinion, and it hasn't been close.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) June 10, 2014
Per Alex Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles’ website, Matthews’ work ethic thus far has been superb. He’s obviously learned well from his Hall of Fame uncle, Jerry Rice. He plays with an excellent head coach, a Pro Bowl quarterback and a talented running game.
The hype for Matthews will be off the charts by the time the season rolls around. Back in 2008, DeSean Jackson debuted with a 106-yard receiving performance (including a 47-yarder) and a 60-yard punt return.
Matthews will enter amid similar expectations and he looks to be ready to produce immediately. It’s not unreasonable to expect that Matthews leads all Eagles’ receivers in receiving yards in 2014.