Matthews played 60 percent of the snaps on offense in Sunday's 26-23 loss to Tennessee, catching one pass for a 56-yard touchdown on three targets.
Alshon Jeffery's return seemed to hint at a reduction in playing time, but the Eagles instead chose to remove Kamar Aiken (nine snaps) from the offense while leaving Matthews as the No. 3 wide receiver. Given what he did with his lone reception, we can expect to see a similar alignment Week 5 against Minnesota. Matthews still doesn't have the easiest path to targets, as Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz figure to dominate Carson Wentz's attention.
Matthews was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice due to a hamstring injury.
Matthews signed with the Eagles last Wednesday and quickly captured a key role in the team's receiver rotation, finishing with two catches for 21 yards while playing 33 of 82 offensive snaps in a Week 3 win over the Colts. He may have also picked up the injury in his season debut, though it's worth noting that Matthews battled a hamstring issue while attending training camp with the Patriots before he was cut in early August. If Matthews is able to upgrade to a full practice Friday, he should be cleared to suit up Week 4 against the Colts, though he might see his snap count take a hit if Alshon Jeffery (shoulder/illness) is also active for the contest.
Matthews played 33 of 82 snaps (40 percent) on offense in a 20-16 win over the Colts on Sunday, Daniel Gallen of PennLive.com reports.
Signed earlier in the week, Matthews immediately stepped in as the Eagles' No. 3 wide receiver behind Nelson Agholor (80 snaps) and Kamar Aiken (45). The 26-year-old hauled in both of his targets for 21 yards, but No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert was the real story of the afternoon, posting a 7-73-1 receiving line while handling a 67 percent snap share. It isn't clear which of Matthews, Aiken or Shelton Gibson will serve as the No. 3 receiver once Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is available. Whatever the case, Goedert made a strong argument to continue the heavy use of two-TE formations.
Matthews met with the Eagles on Tuesday to discuss the possibility returning to Philadelphia, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
The Eagles' former 2014 second-round pick struggled to stay on the field in recent years, but without sufficient depth at the receiver position, Philadelphia seems willing to revisit the idea of a reunion with Matthews. At 26 years old, the Vanderbilt product has plenty of gas left in the tank. The question, as always, remains whether he'll be able to stay on the field. Although nothing is imminent, the Eagles' window of opportunity to bring on another talented wideout before the trade deadline seems to be closing.
A hamstring injury that Matthews suffered early in training camp led to his release, but the report suggests that the Patriots could take another look at Matthews, who remains unsigned, once he's healthy. With that in mind, Matthews doesn't appear to be an option out of the gate this season, but he could potentially resurface in October, if not sooner.
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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