Jordan Matthews is a key to the offense for the Philadelphia Eagles. In quotes from Zach Berriman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, it’s clear that he feels that the offense is in good hands.
As a rookie starter in the league, it always helps to have the veterans on the team behind you and it looks like Wentz is in good hands with for the Philadelphia Eagles. While it’s only his third year in the NFL, Jordan Matthews is developing into a leader in the locker room.
Last season Matthew enjoyed a breakout campaign in which he had 85 catches for 997 yards both of which were career highs. He played in all 16 games, starting 13 adding eight touchdowns. These led the receivers by a large margin and has many Philadelphia Eagles fans expecting big things out of him this season.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge change by shipping Sam Bradford to the Vikings and it effects the current crop of receivers the most. With Matthews being the clear number one on the staff it’s important for him to develop chemistry with his quarterback. From Berriman’s quotes, it’s clear that Matthews already believes in Wentz.
Matthews on the moment that he knew that Wentz could play in the league:
“If you know anything about football, you know the Y-stick concept – you got two kits from the inside slot guys, and there’s this go route that nobody’s ever thrown since the history of football. He’s just supposed to clear it out for the two out routes. And he [Wentz] threw like three of those in the hole. And I’m like, ‘This dude’s first day in the NFL on the job?’ So when I saw that, I was like, ‘Ok, this guy is competing against himself.’ Before the whole narrative was, what’s the one knock on him? He hasn’t competed against anyone. Well, that doesn’t matter to me. If you can compete against yourself, you can always compete.”
That’s pretty high praise from Matthews for Wentz and it’s also true. For a quarterback one of the toughest parts of the game is the mental aspect because either they have it or they don’t. If we take what Matthews sees on a regular basis with Wentz, it looks like Wentz has it.
Matthews also commented on Wentz’s deep ball saying, “There’s nothing but land in North Dakota, so they’ll just be slinging it.” The deep ball should bode well for Dorial Green-Beckham who is beginning to integrate with the team. While there are question marks at receiver, Green-Beckham has playmaker potential and Matthews is as steady as they come.
Putting this many young players on the field at the same time is a risk for the Philadelphia Eagles. But it’s a risk worth taking if they develop chemistry quickly the team could be a force in 2017 and beyond. Also, the early bye week gives the Eagles a quick chance to take stock of the team and make changes that usually can’t come until later in the season.
Speaking of the season, Matthews added, “I went to Vanderbilt. Nobody talked about us. …People were studying when they went to our games.” when asked about the expectations for the Eagles this season. While the first few games could be rough, depending on how the team grows over the course of the season, it could be a special one for the birds.