Notes: McCoy Very High On Matthews

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Count LeSean McCoy among those impressed by what Jordan Matthews has shown in training camp to date.

The 2014 receiver draft class was largely considered one of the deepest ever. Six wideouts (Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin and Marqise Lee) were selected ahead of Matthews, but McCoy thinks the Vanderbilt product may very well be the best of the bunch.




"That rookie we got, Matthews, is looking real good. There's been a lot of talk about this draft class being deep at wide receivers, but I'm real confident in this one being the best of the class," McCoy said. "It's still early, you got to go through the season and see how he does, but he looks amazing."

With Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin sitting out team drills, Matthews got to work with the first team a decent amount during Tuesday's practice and was able to pull in a few catches. He also had some spirited battles with Brandon Boykin during one-on-ones. (Call it a draw.) The matchup was by design.

"The first couple days I was going against Malcolm [Jenkins]. I said, let's get together, I want to work against you, I want to see how it is to go against somebody a little more physical in there, somebody that is really going to try and get their hands on me. And then yesterday and this morning I said, 'Yo, Boykin, let's go together. I need to make sure I work against you a little bit.'

"It's just about seeing different looks, being able to be able to work against different type guys and then just putting it all together in my game...he's easily one of the best cornerbacks in the league."

McCoy believes Matthews might just be the best of the 2014 wide receiver group -- praise that seemed to hit home with the rookie.

"It feels good because a guy like LeSean, he is not just going to say things. He says it and he means it," said Matthews. "He's not just one of the best running backs but he is also the hardest working, so he's watching everybody else, he's making sure everybody else is accountable, too. So for him to compliment me in that way means a lot. It also tells me that I need to continue to come out here and put that product on the field because I want my teammates to think that of me. The outside world, the public, anything like that, that speculation, those opinions, they really don't matter as much as what my teammates say, so that's big for me."

Maclin sits but says he'll play Friday

Jeremy Maclin did not participate in team drills Tuesday. This is the third time in four practices that he was limited. The receiver said that he is dealing with soreness in his legs.

Is this just general training camp soreness?

"I think it's a little different because last year I had ACL surgery," said Maclin. "It's just protocol, I guess.

"I haven't missed a day since I've been out here. It's just communication between me, my coaches and the training staff. I could've gone if really, really need be, I would't have felt like myself, that's all."

The big concern is the surgically-repaired knee, of course, but Maclin suggested that he is just working through the soreness that comes when you are transitioning from rehab to football mode.  He said he is 100 percent sure he will play against Chicago on Friday night.

Injuries

Riley Cooper continues to wear a boot on his right foot. He has now been out for over a week. Jeff Maehl (ankle) is out of his boot but did not practice. Nolan Carroll sat out for the second consecutive day. He did not reveal what was ailing him as he walked off the field Tuesday but suggested it wasn't serious. Julian Vandervelde (back), Chris Polk (hamstring) and Jake Knott (hamstring) were spectators as well.

 

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  • JmRizzle

    We’ve got another member aboard the hype train! Choo-choo!

  • moesus

    I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Maclin plays all 16 games. I think he can put up big numbers this year but I’m far from confident that he can stay on the field.

    • MediaMike

      Yeah. Maclin clearly not being ready for a full pounding isn’t a good sign.

  • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

    I really don’t remember an Eagles’ rookie with this kind of hype. I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad thing though. Good because he’s obviously shining in camp or bad because he might not live up to it? Us Philly sports fans do have a tendency to jump down a player’s neck if he’s not living up to our expectations. That is my main concern.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      right now, it’s half hype, half joking. it’ll be runaway train if the guy goes off Friday. even if he doesnt, he seems so grounded, that he’ll take bad outing in stride.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        can’t lose

        if he…goes off – confirmation! hype train continues (HTC)
        has middling game – coaches hiding him from opposing tape. HTC
        has bad game – St. Matthews the Merciful takes pity on Bears. HTC

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    hope Chip has a sense of the dramatics with Jordsus like Reid did with TO. still puts a smile on my face that 80 yd TD. i went absolutely B-A-N-A-N-A-S! call a P/A to pull safety up and hit him over middle. Linc would swaying 30 feet side to side as JM2 ran down the field.

    • PatrickVoltage

      I was at that Eagles vs Ravens preseason game when T.O. caught that 80 something yard bomb from McNabb. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard a stadium erupt like that. We knew it was going to be a special season.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur-uCopULQw
        .
        i was living in LA, at a sports bar, packed happy hour, with bunch of friends, literally only eagles fan in the joint, probably city of Hermosa Beach. before TO was in endzone I was standing on the table yelling and pointing to everyone ‘why are we even playing this season!!?!??!’

        • Javi Echie

          This is exactly what I used to do to people in Madden that year lol McNabb to T.O. was unstoppable.

        • anon

          Eagles fans love a big play — TO then Djax. Can’t believe we let him go just because.

        • JReamer

          Makes me shake my head. Oh what could have been…

        • DoctorRick

          Cliff,
          I didn’t know you ever lived in LA at a sports bar. It explains a lot!

          Awesome clip!

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            oh man, it does. those 7 yrs were down right ugly. how bad, you ask…my best friend was a cowboy fan. good guy 6’5 chicks dug him, dumb as a box of rocks. vicious right cross, too.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      When I first started watching tape on Matthews in January, TO was the first player comparable that came to mind. Especially watching Matthews on slants & catches down the sideline. He could take a 5-10yd quick slant the distance & quickly became my favorite of this WR class. On the outside, he can make contested catches, one handed grabs & reel it in over his shoulder so silky smooth that you had to question whether he actually caught the ball. If you recall, I had a lot of opposition saying that he was slow and I quickly argued that he was not slow but rather a long strider that’s what I call sneaky fast. As far as tools, size, makeup, to me, he’s the most complete of the class.

  • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

    St. Jordan of the House Matthews better enjoy going up against one of the better CBs in the league during practice while he can. In two years that CB may be lining up on the outside for another team.

    • poopdollar

      huh?

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        meaning Boykin

    • peteike

      just had to go there again didnt you

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        Haha I did.

  • Mr. Wu

    Tim…either I am in the Twilight Zone …or this is Tuesday not Wednesday

    might want to fix that buddy

    • magicmikec

      Well in Australia, where I live, it is Wednesday. I just figured Tim was writing this piece for all us Aussie Eagle fans who visit Birds 24/7.

      Thanks Tim!

      • Tim McManus

        Australian Appreciation Day! (That, or my daughter woke me up at 4 am, leaving me brain dead.) Fixed.

        • DirtyWaters

          Can we get a wake up call tomorrow with video showing Huff’s collegiate highlights ?

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

          they just won’t give you that Mod tag, will they?

    • DetmerWonAHeisman

      Tim and Sheil are so good they can give you tomorrow’s news today……And J Matt is even better–he can actually give you a breakdown of how he played this coming Friday….

    • Chuck Dougherty

      I had to check my calender a few time to make sure I didn’t sleep through whole day or something…

  • eaglefansocal

    It’s Saint Nick to Saint Matthews for 80 yards and a touchdown!!! First play of first home preseason game.

  • MediaMike

    And we need to be honest about a few rookie WRs. The Giants drafted a TOTAL BUST in Beckham, who already needed to have a meeting with their coach about missed practice time. Saints fans must be having to kick themselves over getting Cooks while the Giants took a bum.

    Also, Kelvin Benjamin is a complete and total stiff. Reports out of Carolina already have limited IQ non-reader of D Scam Newton target-locking Benjamin and just chucking up any old garbage to him. That’ll be really successful I’m sure.

    So glad we have Matthews.

    • Mr. Wu

      I have read nothing but good things about all those receivers this preseason….unfortunately ….not sure where you heard all this

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      Still preseason. Not exactly time to be declaring busts.

    • TNA

      Just read a story on Marquise Lee to see how he was doing in Jacksonville. 1) he’s recovering from an injury; 2) he cites DJax as his role model because they grew up in the same place under similar conditions and DJax is friends with his brothers; 3) his stated goal is to be offensive rookie of the year.

      He seems to be a nice enough kid and he might become a decent receiver, but it’s like he’s the opposite of Matthews, whose only stated goals are to get better every day and help the team win.

      I read a bit up on him before the draft and thought the Eagles would be targeting him in the first two rounds. Now I’m glad they have Matthews instead.

      As for the other rookie WRs, if Watkins was in Philly, he’d probably be doing at least as well as Matthews. Too bad he has Manuel attempting to throw him the ball.

      Matthews may not get as many opportunities to produce numbers this year as some of the other WR rookies, but in the long term, I bet he, Watkins and Cooks will be the only standout WRs from this class.

  • WEUer

    “Six wideouts were selected ahead of Matthews.”
    “Six quarterbacks were selected ahead of Tom Brady.”

    • Matty Boy

      Now that would be something if Matthews became a 3-time Super Bowl winning quarterback. We’ll see.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I wouldn’t be surprised to see him toss the game winning TDs to himself.

        • DmanPhilly

          Best quote of the day.

  • Dominik

    There’s been a lot of talk about this draft class being deep at wide receivers, but I’m real confident in this one being the best of the class”

    Now, to be honest, Shady doesn’t care about the rest of the league. He said “Nobody knew this guy Matthews, he’s from Vandy, but he looks good” a few days back. That tells me he isn’t reading training camp reports about Watkins, Evans, Beckham etc. And that tells me he can’t compare him to those other Rookies (at the moment, no one can). But of course, it’s nice to hear that Shady felt like he should endorse him. That’s a good thing, no doubt.

  • KobraKai7474

    Repeat after me: It is very, VERY rare for a rookie wide receiver on any team to step in and dominate from day 1, and a wide receiver in Chip Kelly’s offense is expected to know and do more than the average NFL wide receiver so it would be even harder for Jordan Matthews to accomplish that here. Point being, yes, this kid is going to be good…. really good… but he is NOT going to be the second coming of Calvin Johnson on September 7. Oh, he should be able to contribute early on, but it will be limited to specific plays on obvious passing downs. If we are lucky and things play out just right, we will start to see the guy we think we have by Halloween, and NEXT SUMMER, we can start having semi-realistic debates over whether we’d rather have Matthews or Calvin Johnson.