Matthews will primarily operate from the slot, with free-agent acquisitions Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith lining up outside, NJ.com reports. The 2014 second-round selection has mostly worked from the slot to this point in his career, but he's also taken some snaps outside -- where he's far less effective -- due to the lack of surrounding talent in Philadelphia's offense. Matthews can now settle in as a full-time slot man, free to focus on what he does best. However, the offseason additions do add significant competition for targets in an offense that also features TE Zach Ertz as a crucial component of the passing game. Entering the final season of his rookie contract, Matthews is in real danger of drawing fewer than 100 targets for the first time in his career.
Matthews caught 73 passes (on 117 targets) for 804 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games played this season. Matthews missed a couple games due to an ankle problem, but he still comfortably led his fellow Eagles wideouts in receiving, accounting for 400 more yards than the next-closest player at his position. The 2014 second-rounder's was particularly helpful on deep passes, catching a team-high nine passes for 253 yards and a touchdown on throws of 20 yards or more, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Despite that success, Matthews still slightly trailed tight end Zach Ertz in receptions, yards and touchdowns, with the latter category hurting his fantasy value most. Compared to having eight touchdowns in both of his first two campaigns, Matthews' three scores this term represented a significant decline. While he'll likely enter next season, which is the last of his rookie contract, as the Eagles' top receiver on the depth chart, the team is almost certain to add competition to the position this offseason.
Matthews (ankle) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Cowboys. As intimated by Adam Caplan of ESPN on Saturday, Matthews was closer to the doubtful side of taking the field, rather than the questionable tag he was handed Friday. With Matthews finally taking a seat in the regular season finale due to an ankle injury that has lingered since Week 12, Carson Wentz will rely upon Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, and Dorial Green-Beckham as the top options in the Eagles' dink-and-dunk passing attack.
Matthews (ankle) was very limited in Friday's practice and may be unable to play Sunday against the Cowboys as a result, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. Matthews originally held the "questionable" tag, but more recent reports indicate he'll likely be doubtful to play in the Eagles' season finale. If he's ultimately held out, expect Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham to see increased roles alongside tight end Zach Ertz.
Matthews (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Matthews didn't practice prior to a limited session Friday, so it's unclear whether his ankle injury will be risked in Sunday's season finale. If his availability is impacted by the ailment, Dorial Green-Beckham, Nelson Agholor, Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner would represent Philadelphia's only healthy wide receivers.
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