Jordan Matthews is entering his third season in the NFL with the Eagles, and we hope a breakout year is on the horizon. Matthews improved from his rookie year (67 catches, 872 yards and eight touchdowns) to his second year (85 catches, 997 yards and eight touchdowns) but more is expected. And his stats in 2015 were a little deceiving because he had a lot of production in garbage time. But as Fantasy owners, we'll take what we can get, and he scored double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in seven games, including four in his final six outings. He's expected to move around more for new coach Doug Pederson and not just play in the slot, and hopefully that will help. He's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with No. 2 upside coming into the season, and he should be drafted in Round 6 or 7 in the majority of leagues.
Matthews spent a week working out with quarterback Sam Bradford earlier this offseason, Philly.com reports. Matthews flew to Oklahoma back in March to work out with Bradford in hopes of continuing to build their quarterback-receiver chemistry ahead of the upcoming season. Although Bradford's recent trade request, which was later rescinded, briefly made matters contentious between Bradford and the Eagles, Matthews holds no ill-will toward Bradford, and clearly is determined to succeed along with him. Expected to start at an outside position this season, Matthews came on strong during the second half of last season, ultimately finishing with 85 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.
Matthews will play outside receiver for the first time in his career in 2016, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman reports. After spending his first two seasons playing almost exclusively in the slot, a shift to the outside will be an interesting change of pace for the third-year wideout. Matthews' size was a big advantage against often-undersized slot cornerbacks, but he has emerged as the team's top receiving threat since the departure of fellow wideouts DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and teams' top receivers typically line up on the outside. He'll face elite coverage, but Matthews will also have a chance to prove he belongs as the Eagles' No. 1 receiver.
Matthews caught seven passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 35-30 win over the Giants. Matthews finished his second season with 85 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns, a marked statistical improvement from last season despite his up-and-down play. His second half of the season, when quarterback Sam Bradford played his best football, showed that Matthews has the potential to be a perennial 1,000-yard wide receiver when he receives consistent quarterback play. Whether he has solved his drop problem completely remains to be seen.
Matthews caught six of eight targets for 104 yards and a touchdown Saturday against Washington. Matthews has been playing very well of late, as he now has back-to-back games with over 100 yards and a touchdown, and he's found the end zone in four of his last five games. Up next is a Week 17 matchup against the Giants, who he had six catches on 11 targets for 59 yards against back in Week 6.
Matthews had eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Sunday's 40-17 loss to the Cardinals. Matthews got off to a roaring start, catching all three of his targets for 53 yards on the Eagles' opening drive. He mostly settled for short gains for the rest of the night, until the Cardinals gifted him a 78-yard touchdown on a blown coverage early in the fourth quarter. Even though the touchdown didn't require much work on his part, Matthews still played one of his best games this season, doing excellent work after the catch and avoiding any bad drops. He's been maddeningly inconsistent in terms of both target volume and performance, but a Week 16 matchup with Washington at least gives him a decent shot to have one of his better games.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|12||11/29||Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||116||76||934||8||43||12.29||141|