BREAKING: Eagles bring back Jordan Matthews
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Eagles have brought back wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2019
The acquisition of Matthews comes just a day after the Eagles placed DeSean Jackson on Injured Reserve following his regular season-ending abdominal surgery.
2019 has been a disappointing season in terms of the Eagles’ receiving core, as Alshon Jeffery has under-preformed, Nelson Agholor has regressed in his $9.3M season, Mack Hollins has been a non-factor and JJ Arcega-Whiteside has barely gotten on the field.
Matthews was drafted by Chip Kelly back in 2014 out of Vanderbilt with the 42nd overall pick. In 60 career games with the Eagles, Matthews has 245 catches, 2,973 yards and 21 touchdowns.
As you may remember, the Eagles shipped Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick to the Bills for Ronald Darby back in Aug. 2017, and the Bills eventually placed Matthews on IR and subsequently released him after just 10 games.
Matthews was released by the Patriots during training camp last summer, and he played one game this season with the 49ers before getting released.
Last season, Matthews had 300 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns with the Eagles while starting three games and caught a Nick Foles pass for a touchdown in last season’s 20-14 divisional playoff loss in New Orleans.
Bringing in Matthews is the correct move at the correct time, as he has a solid relationship with Carson Wentz, he knows the playbook, and can become a second security blanket along with tight end Zach Ertz for the offense.
This move provides stability to an Eagles’ offense that needs help. Matthews isn’t exactly a burner, but he should be able to help move the chains and and provide reliability to a underachieving passing attack.
This move needed to happen, and luckily, comes at a time when the Eagles’ offensive needs it most.