Former NFL WR Jordan Matthews Working Out as TE After Gaining 15 Pounds

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 14, 2021

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 30:  Jordan Matthews #81 of the San Francisco 49ers speaks to the media during the San Francisco 49ers media availability prior to Super Bowl LIV at the James L. Knight Center on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Former NFL wide receiver Jordan Matthews has bulked up. 

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Matthews will work out this weekend for NFL scouts as a tight end after putting on over 15 pounds:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Veteran ex-WR Jordan Matthews has added 15+ LBs &amp; will work out this weekend as a TE for NFL scouts at the HUB camp in SD. He attended TEU &amp; has been working out in Nashville with a group of TEs including George Kittle &amp; Robert Tonyan. He is repped by noted TE agent Steve Caric. <a href="https://t.co/B6JF99jh6U">pic.twitter.com/B6JF99jh6U</a>

Matthews, who was last listed at 6'3" and 215 pounds, appeared in two games for the San Francisco 49ers last season, though he didn't register any stats. He's played in just five games the past two years with the Niners and Philadelphia Eagles. 

The second-round pick out of Vanderbilt looked like an up-and-coming talent early in his career with the Eagles, when he posted three consecutive seasons with over 800 receiving yards (2014-16) and two straight seasons with eight touchdowns (2014-15). 

But after being traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2017, his production has severely tapered off. The 28-year-old lasted a year with the Bills before returning to the Eagles in 2018.  

A shift to tight end would make sense if Matthews can make the adjustment. He was never the most explosive player or a major downfield threat, but he was a solid option going over the middle. 

Making such an adjustment at this stage in his career is no small feat. However, the Jacksonville Jaguars are banking on the 33-year-old Tim Tebow making such an adjustment after last playing an NFL game in 2012 as a quarterback. 

Matthews at least has played NFL football far more recently.