Jordan Matthews' Instant Fantasy Reaction After Preseason Game vs. Patriots

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

This is a 2014 photo of Jordan Matthews of the Philadelphia Eagles NFL football team. This image reflects the Philadelphia Eagles active roster as of Thursday, May 15, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)
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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:

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

“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.