“He’s a former Eagle and a former quarterback,” Matthews said of [Doug] Pederson. “He’s been in this city and he understands the city, so we’ve all got his back. We’re just looking forward to going out there with an ‘Us-against-the-world’ mentality and winning some games.”
As for adapting to a new offensive system, Matthews doesn’t anticipate any issues.
“I hope I can fit into any system,” he said. “I don’t care if we’re running the Wing T, I’ll go play running back. I’m a football player, so I’m going to fit in.”
Philadelphia went through an eventful offseason that included trading running back DeMarco Murray to the Titans and drafting North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick. Wentz is one of three quarterbacks on the Eagles’ roster, along with returning starter Sam Bradford and veteran backup Chase Daniel.
“Wentz is great,” Matthews said. “I think he’s going to be a great quarterback for us for a lot of years to come. He’s got a great head on his shoulders, a great arm. And his mentality is not that of a rookie. He studies the game and he takes the game serious. He’s a pro in every way, from what I’ve seen. I don’t expect that to change, so I’m looking forward to playing with him in the long run.”
But Matthews doesn’t seem to be a good pick in fantasy football leagues, writes D.J. Foster of FoxSports.com.
Jordan Matthews, PHI
It’s hard to get too worked up about Matthews, especially given Philadelphia’s shaky quarterback situation with Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz. Still, Matthews has the kind of size (6-foot-3, 212 lbs) to be a red zone weapon, and his eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons provide a nice baseline moving forward.
The issue is that Matthews just isn’t terribly explosive, as his 11.7 yards per catch would attest. If the Eagles go with Wentz at any point, receivers with rookie quarterbacks are rarely appealing from a fantasy standpoint, especially ones that can’t take a 5-yard slant to the house.
Matthews currently has an early fifth round pricetag, which seems a little rich. Find someone with more upside.