Chip Kelly's fast-paced Philadelphia Eagles offense needs players with a high motor. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles needs a playmaker to replace DeSean Jackson. Both may have found exactly what they needed in rookie receiver Jordan Matthews.
There has been nothing but praise being reported about Matthews' performance at training camp thus far, where he's mainly been working with backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation was at Eagles camp on Wednesday and said that "Matthews did a great job of working the middle of the field and getting open. Matthews is a monster with yards after the catch because of how hard he runs once he gets the ball." He also noted that "in a one-on-one WR/CB drill, Matthews dominated his competition."
Hall of Famer Michael Irvin was also impressed by Matthews, telling PhillyMag.com's Tim McManus on Friday, "I like what I see out here. I like what I see physically as to body type, body size and everything. And then I like what I see internally as far as work ethic and most importantly, a strong desire to be the best." He also called him a faster Marques Colston.
The praise extends to the coaching staff as well, with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur saying on Thursday, "He can play anywhere. He's got size. He's good against bump-and-run coverage. His spacial awareness is good." There has been a resounding vote of high confidence in Matthews thus far this summer, which, if founded, should result in a productive rookie season.