Camp Notes: Irvin Talks Jordan Matthews

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Jordan Matthews says he isn’t paying much attention to what is being said and written about him so far during training camp. He knows that buzz may only stick around for a news cycle before flying off to find its next host.

Rookie years in particular are filled with ups and downs. Today, for example, was a relatively quiet day for Matthews. Wednesday he was making plays all over the place. So it goes. The hype will swell and recede accordingly.

While it’s important not to get carried away, there’s no denying that he is making an impression early on in his time with the Eagles.

“Yes. A lot. A lot,” said LeSean McCoy, when asked if he’s been surprised by what Matthews has shown. “You don’t really get into it with the rookies, ‘Oh, who’s this?’ until you actually go out and watch them play. I’ve learned that from the older guys. That goes all the way back to [Brian]Westbrook, until those guys show you, OK, he can really  play [you reserve judgment]. He’s showing it. His work ethic, he’s working like he’s a professional — a five, six-year, seven-year veteran. Sky is the limit for that kid, for sure.”

Michael Irvin is a believer. The Hall-of-Fame receiver spent the day at the NovaCare Complex, took in practice and spent time talking to various coaches and players, including Matthews.

“I like what I see out here. I like what I see physically as to body type, body size and everything. And then I like what I see internally as far as work ethic and most importantly, a strong desire to be the best,” Irvin told Birds 24/7 after practice. “He wants to garner all the information: ‘Mr Irvin, sir, whatever you see out here today, can you call me on it and talk to me about it? When you watch film can you tell me what you see?’ A young guy like that, man, that comes in with that perspective and those kind of thoughts, you can have some success with him.”

Does he compare to any specific receiver?

“He can be a combination of a few guys. You watch a big guy play the slot like a Marques Colston, he has that ability but he’s faster than Marques Colston. So now he gets outside he can probably do more things than a Colston can do. I look at him as a combination of a lot of good receivers in this league with an ability to be great.”

We are a ways away from that point, but it’s fair to say there is optimism internally. Pat Shurmur was describing what can make him a good slot receiver in this league, and mentioned his willingness to go over the middle and spacial awareness.

And then: “Once he catches the ball, he sets his hair on fire and runs,” said Shurmur. “If we didn’t have fences around here he’d run into the street. He’s one of the best finishers we have. He’s smart, he’s eager, he’s big, he can catch and he’s done a good job.”

Injury update, Wolff

Riley Cooper (foot), Chris Polk (hamstring) and Julian Vandervelde (back) did not practice again Thursday. Chip Kelly expects all of them back soon.

A day after running with the first team, Earl Wolff dressed but was held out of team drills. He gave a “no comment” when asked why he didn’t participate but said he would return and be “full-go” Friday.

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  • IG:blkboyflyy

    At this point i can’t control just how hyped I am with Matthews I don’t believe there’s anyway possible to temper expectations. When no one has said a bad word about him since birth.

    • tomw

      Yeah.I heard his mother saved his diapers as room fresheners.

      • IG:blkboyflyy

        Well with Coop in a walking boot for a few days we should see JMatt run with the 1st team in the slot and outside.

        • tomw

          Looking forward to the start also.

  • CHRIS – CB with dreads

    I’m all aboard the Pope Jordan Matthews hype train. I don’t expect him to put up rookie numbers like Keenan Allen did last year, with this many mouths to feed, but I expect him to contribute and be a big part of the O for years to come. I’ll be at TC this Sunday, will definitely be keeping my eyes on #81.

    • Philly0312

      I don’t think it’s crazy for him to put up 800 and 7 this year. Great numbers for a rookie. Better production from the slot than last year is my expectation, and I can’t imagine with everything you see on film from college, his attitude, size, speed, work ethic – no way he is a flop. Is he guaranteed pro bowler one day? Nope, but I don’t think anyone will ever say it’s because he wasn’t trying so he could get a new contract.

      • EagleDuck

        800 TD and 7 SB is a stretch goal for his first year… but attainable for Jordan Matthews.

  • TNA

    I looked up “focus” and “intensity” in Websters, and they now both show the above photo of JMatt. I’m surprised he even noticed that low-five from the fan. Eyes are straight ahead and looking like they’re burning holes into the field and defenders ahead of him. One quick question to guys that observing practice – has he practiced on special teams?

    • dislikedisqus

      Every team Jordan Matthews practices with is a special team.

  • UKEagle99 à l’orange

    Just counting our blessings that he drafted us.

  • Tom w

    What’s up w Wolfe???????? Weird

  • Clamdigger

    That blonde should put down the coffee because Jordan Matthews just got her pregnant.

    • Dominik

      So you’re saying that St. Matthews is in some ways faster than he wants to be?

  • Anonymous

    Exclusive interview with Michael Irvin:

    Do you compare to any specific receiver?
    – I study film on Jordan Matthews, so…

  • Explorer51

    Article from CBS on the great interview with St. Jordan on WIP today; in it there’s a link if you’re interested in listening to the piece, it’s about 11 minutes long. If this kid can play even a little bit he’s going to be a huge fan favorite…

  • FurlongKid

    You know who Michael Irvin reminds me of? Timmy Hauck. Yeah.

    • Spaceman Spiff

      The “Career Ender”!

      • Anonymous

        YESSSSSS!! Love Calvin and Hobbes!!!

        • CVN65

          The cartoon or the writers?

          • Anonymous

            The cartoon because of Spaceman Spiff???… anyone… no… ok…

  • Kushan Patel

    “So it goes.” Was that an ode to Vonnegut?

  • joeknowsnada

    Okay, here we go. Don’t wanna be negative, here, but, I would place a bet that young Earl the Pearl has a “knee contusion,” once again. That’s why he’s not saying anything. He is brittle. That’s what’s “up” with the young man. Can’t play in pain. This is not gonna be pretty. Of course, it’s early, but….