The SEC’s all-time leading receiver turned some fantasy football players’ heads Friday against the New England Patriots.
Jordan Matthews racked up 76 receiving yards on seven catches early for the Philadelphia Eagles. One of his catches went for 25 yards, and Sheil Kapadia of Birds 24/7 noted that it was business as usual for the Vanderbilt product:
Jordan Matthews: six catches on six targets for 70 yards. That shallow crosser that picked up 25 is the type of play we've seen all summer.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) August 16, 2014
Fantasy players should know Matthews because of his college days. He set SEC records with 262 catches and 3,759 receiving yards and was one of the most productive wide receivers in the history of the sport.
Matthews will have plenty of opportunities to shine this year since DeSean Jackson is no longer around and Jeremy Maclin is returning from a season-ending injury he suffered last year. However, Matthews struggled a bit in Philadelphia’s preseason opener but seemed to have the right attitude going forward in recent comments, via Jeff McLane of Philly.com:
“Those were catches I should have definitely had. That’s what you work each day in practice for. Those are balls that I’ve caught before in games and in practices. That’s basic concentration things.”
If he consistently hauls in those passes for the rest of the preseason like he did Friday, fantasy players will want to take note. In all, Matthews ended up with nine catches for 104 yards against the Patriots.