The Eagles signed second-round pick Jordan Matthews to a four-year contract Tuesday, the team announced. First-round pick Marcus Smith is the only player from the Eagles’ 2014 draft class that remains unsigned.
Matthews, the SEC’s all-time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759) had 112 catches for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Vanderbilt. The 6-3, 212-pound wideout is the early favorite to be the team’s primary slot receiver.
“The one thing we talk about is man coverage, and one thing that he does is he can catch the ball in traffic,” said Chip Kelly. “He made an unbelievable amount of contested catches. He’s got such a wingspan and can go up and get it, can play both inside and outside. We’re probably going to start him inside. If we’ve got Jeremy Maclin on one side and Coop [Riley Cooper]on the other side and you throw him inside, and he has experience…There were only a couple guys in the draft that we felt that you could see on film could play both inside and outside.”