WR Jordan Matthews - San Francisco 49ers
|6-3, 212||Born: 7-16-1992||College: Vanderbilt||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
2018 Week 8 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 93 / 0 rec)
After an invisible Week 7, Matthews emerged with a team-high 93 receiving yards against Jacksonville. Matthews worked well out of the slot, posting a deep high point reception and hauling in a deep seam catch through a defensive pass interference penalty, a true wow play. Matthews has maximized his opportunities as an ancillary targets on a loaded Eagles passing game, now averaging 20 yards-per-catch on the season.
2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 61 / 0 rec)
Matthews was limited to two catches on the game, but produced a highlight catch on a crossing route, where he broke the initial tackle then reeled off a long run after the catch for 47-yard gain to set up a Bills touchdown. He looked healthy and full speed on the run and catch after missing extensive time in training camp with a chipped bone in his chest. A positive game script limited the Bills to 28 passes in the games, but Matthews looked the best of the wide receivers in the game on his limited opportunities.
2017 Week 2 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was only targeted three times but converted all three opportunities for thirty yards, including two big third down conversions. The first was on an out route which he caught and ran for 15 yards. The second was a dig route on third down and 13 which he caught in the middle of the field and held on through contact for the conversion. Matthews was used in both the slot and on the perimeter, but was limited to the short and intermediate areas of the field.
2017 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was the most targeted wide receiver, with five targets, and finished with a team high 61 yards. Matthews ran a nice crossing route against Chris Harris where he got separation in the route, for a 25-yard catch. Matthews motioned into the slot on another crossing route which he caught for a 28-yard catch and run. One of the passes targeted to Matthews was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Matthews did drop a target on a third down and two when matched up against Aqib Talib.
2017 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews caught both of his two official targets for 10 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was run out of a bunch formation where Matthews worked a crossing route in the end zone creating separation for the pass from Taylor. The other target was also in the red zone where Matthews was motioned into a stack formation and ran a quick inbreaking route on the snap. The throw was to Matthews's back hip that caused Matthews to slow his momentum on the catch. As a result, Matthews was tackled just short of the line of scrimmage. Matthews also caught another pass but was called for offensive pass interference.
2017 Week 7 vs TB (3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews got involved early on a drag route that he caught and ran for a third down conversion. He only had two catches on three targets, for 10 yards. Matthews wore a special glove during the game to protect his injured finger, which allowed him to play. Matthews has not been targeted more than 5 times in any game this season, and does not have a definable role in the Buffalo offense.
2017 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was involved early in the game. Matthew was used across the middle of the field, and converted key third downs on targets. Matthews could have had a bigger day, but a catch and run for 27 yards was called back on one of the worst offensive pass interference calls you will see. Matthews broke across the field and the defender slipped on the break, and Matthews was called for offensive pass interference.
2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews had the most targets of the season with eight. Matthews had the opportunity for a short touchdown when he caught a slant in the red zone that was initially ruled a touchdown but was overturned on review. Matthews was more involved in the passing game than prior weeks, largely the result of negative game script as Buffalo fell behind 34 to 7 in the second half and had to throw a season high 40 times. Matthews operated in the short and intermediate area of the field and Taylor frequently checked down to Matthews during garbage time. He did lose a fumble during a two-minute opportunity at the end of the first half, but his playing time did not suffer after the fumble.
2017 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was limited to a single catch on a garbage time throw from Nathan Peterman. Jordan Matthews is a poor fit with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, but works in the intermediate area and across the middle of the field where Peterman is more comfortable throwing the football.
2017 Week 12 vs KC (3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews functioned as an ancillary receiver in the Buffalo offense that was working with a lead. Matthews's two catches were both on third down, one for a conversion on a low pass across the middle, and the second on an out Matthews ran short of the line to gain.
2017 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews continued what has been a frustrating season, finishing the day with only one catch on a dig route for 14 yards. Matthews has struggled to get open consistently and is a poor fit for Tyrod Taylor who struggles throwing the ball in tight windows.
2016 Week 1 vs CLE (14 / 7 / 114 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews was an unexpected surprise after missing the preseason due to injury. Matthews showed there is little to be concerned with as he was the focal point of this offense with 14 targets against the Browns secondary. Wentz looked early and often and connected with Matthews on the first drive of the game on a fade route where Matthews created clear separation from the defender. Matthews was the best player on the field today and consistently being wide open based on perfectly run routes which made the day easy for the Eagles offense.
2016 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews day would have looked completely different had he caught a beautifully thrown ball by Carson Wentz that was dropped by Matthews on the goal line. Matthews is still the primary option in this offense, and Wentz connected with Matthews on a 22-yard crossing route which was his best catch of his day. The Bears had a difficult time covering Matthews this week, although his drop percentage has increased to 8.7% so far this year compared to 3.9% last year, although this number should stabilize.
2016 Week 3 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)
Matthews was not a major contributor in the Eagle's win as he only saw 3 targets, pulling in 2 of them for 19 yards, thankfully for fantasy purposes he was able to make a nice slant move in the red zone that he was able to walk into the end zone after beating his defender. Matthews was unable to get the second foot in bounds on a beautifully thrown ball by Carson Wentz late in the game that would have added about 20 yards to the play. Matthews is still the top receiving option on this team and look for him to get back on track against the Lions following their bye week.
2016 Week 5 vs DET (4 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
Matthews pulled in all 4 of his targets for 65 yards this week but was held out of the end zone by a surprisingly stout Detroit secondary. Matthews big play came on a 27-yard reception where he appeared to fumble the ball out of bounds, but the play was reversed upon replay. Matthews has a tough test next week as he will most likely line up against Josh Norman. Look for the Eagles to move him around to try and create better matchups and get him off of Norman.
2016 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec)
Matthews' final line of 3 catches for 75 yards appears to be one of the most productive for the Eagles today. However, he was targeted a total of 7 times and had the chance to make a much bigger impact today. The big strike came on a back shoulder throw for 54 yards, but Matthews was largely contained outside of that. Matthews is most likely going to lineup against Xavier Rhodes for the majority of the game next week and will struggle to find success. Rhodes held Odell Beckham Jr to 3 catches for 23 yards and poses the same challenge for Matthews next week.
2016 Week 7 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Matthews was not 100% healthy heading into this game as he was questionable with a knee injury, and it showed as he was not productive on the field in this game. Mathews is a guy who relies on his deep threat ability as he has four catches longer than 25 yards so far this season, but in the two games that he is unable to break a long reception he has less than 20 yards in each of them. This was the case in this game, as the Eagles did not try to throw deep for most of the game and Matthews had just four total targets.
2016 Week 8 vs DAL (14 / 11 / 65 / 1 rec)
Matthews was the most targeted Eagles receiver today with 14, but never managed to really break free for anything longer than 13 yards. Matthews did find the end zone when he settled in the void behind the linebackers and in front of the safety from 5 yards out. The rest of his 11 catches came on short curl and quick slant passes across the middle where he was tackled almost immediately. Wentz was not given much time by the Dallas pass rush all day, and without a solid run game on the day the Eagles could not stretch the field with any play action. Matthews continues to be the clear number one receiver in Philadelphia and put up much better numbers than the previous week against Minnesota.
2016 Week 9 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
Matthews was targeted early and often in this one, and did the best he could to keep the Eagles in the game. The top receiver was targeted 10 times with the big strike coming on a 33-yard gain down the right side. The pivotal play in the game when Wentz floated a pass over Matthews' outstretched arms in the end zone. You could see the frustration after Matthews had beaten the corner for what would have been the first lead of the game.
2016 Week 10 vs ATL (10 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Matthews kept his firm grasp on the top receiver spot in Philadelphia again this week as he tied the team lead in targets with 10. He was kept out of the end zone again this week, but converted some key third downs and helped Wentz and company move the ball down the field. The big play came on a 20-yard reception deep down the right side to kick off the second quarter. Matthews will face a stiff test with Richard Sherman next week in Seattle.
2016 Week 11 vs SEA (10 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Matthews struggled to find any room to run against the Seattle secondary. The top wide receiver did not make his first catch until half way through the second quarter, and most of his yards came late in the game against soft coverage with the Seahawks having put the game away. Matthews had 10 targets on the day, but an inaccurate Wentz made it difficult for all receivers. The lone highlight came on a deep ball down the left sideline for 26-yards that helped set up the late touchdown in the fourth quarter. Matthews will look to get back on track next Monday against Green Bay.
2016 Week 12 vs GB (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
The top receiver in Philadelphia was held to a very modest 47 yards on 4 catches in this one, as Dorial Green-Beckham stole the show. Matthews has been Wentz's favorite target all season, but he could not find any room to run against a much better Packers defense. Matthews took a 20-yard fade route down the left side late in the third quarter but came up lame on the play. The injury clearly affected the receiver as he was not the same the rest of the game. The Eagles have dealt with several injuries and cannot afford to lose their star receiver for any extended period of time.
2016 Week 14 vs WAS (10 / 8 / 79 / 0 rec)
There was a lot of speculation this week that Jordan Matthews would not play this week due to his ankle injury, or that he would be used more as a decoy this week if he did play. Matthews ended up with the start and was second on the team in receptions and yards. The number one receiver pulled in 8 of his 10 targets and helped Carson Wentz move the chains on several short and intermediate routes. Matthews never tried to stretch the field today with his long reception coming on a 16-yard catch and run. The inability to stretch the field is something the Eagles have struggled with all season and has led to a lot of speculation about the team pursuing DeSean Jackson in the offseason. Matthews has been used primarily as a possession receiver this year and would benefit from another player on the outside that can stretch the defense.
2016 Week 15 vs BAL (11 / 6 / 27 / 0 rec)
Matthews was targeted 11 times on the day and continues to be Carson Wentz favorite target. He never really took the lid off the defense and was used in short to intermediate throws. Matthews' long on the day came on an 8-yard reception and the star receiver was unable to surpass 30-yards on his 6 catches. This speaks mostly to Wentz' inaccuracy, but he also still looked to be hampered by his earlier ankle injury. Matthews' will always draw the toughest coverage, but he was able to open things up for Ryan Mathews in the run game and Zach Ertz down the field.
2016 Week 16 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews suffered the inaccuracy of Carson Wentz more than anyone else today. The Eagles leading receiver was targeted a team-high 6 times but only managed 2 receptions on the day. Since the ankle injury, Matthews has not found the same room against opposing corners as he did earlier in the season. Almost all of his targets today came with the ball traveling less than 10 yards in the air. The only reception of note came on a short 7-yard pass from Carson Wentz.
2015 Week 1 vs ATL (13 / 10 / 102 / 0 rec)
Just like with Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews' box score isn't fully developed without the proper exposure of what happened on the field. He disappointed from the standpoint that he didn't find the end zone. But he also disappointed in how he failed to attack the ball at times. Bradford was clearly off to start the game, and received no assistance from his receivers adjusting their routes. The disappointment of Matthews' night is compounded by the fact that he let a key throw late in the fourth glance off of him and into the hands of a defender to end the game. The throw wasn't perfect but it didn't require a spectacular catch. The good news is that he was the only true receiver Bradford had eyes for. Basically, the pass was going to a running back or Matthews. One his catches should have been a touchdown, as Matthews bounced outside and stretched the ball over the pylon. Chip Kelly chose not to challenge the play in favor of running the ball up the middle.
2015 Week 2 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 80 / 1 rec)
Despite terrible play from the offensive line and quarterback, Jordan Matthews delivered a good game and claims most of the Eagles highlight reel. He flaunted his athleticism with a one-handed 32-yard reception late in the fourth quarter, then finished off the game by spinning around a defender and finding a short touchdown pass to cap off a solid outing. With a little more accuracy from Bradford, Matthews turns in a top-10 performance. Matthews did have a couple of bad drops and did not record a catch in the first half. Most of his production came when the game was already decided.
2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (8 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
It was clear through two weeks that Jordan Matthews is the only receiver Bradford has eyes for. That was confirmed and engraved in Week 3. He was the only wide receiver to actually catch a pass and log a stat line. Nelson Agholor and Miles Austin were each target four times, coming down with zero receptions for zero yards. But regardless of his market share, Matthews was only able to convert six of eight targets into 46 yards. At the end of the first half he was stopped just short of the end zone in a goal-to-goal situation (Sproles immediately punched in the score). His services weren't needed much in the second half as the Eagles went into clock management mode and rode their running backs. All in all, it was a good game from Matthews from a football standpoint, but as long as his quarterback isn't asked to throw the ball much past the line of scrimmage, his box score will consistently be compressed by a high target count and low yardage totals.
2015 Week 4 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews logged his usual snap counts and once again led the team in targets. But he wasn't able to do with much of them and was held out of the end zone for the third time in four games. Some of his targets were mistimed or overthrown, including one in the end zone before halftime. Others were on target but in very tight coverage. The most encouraging thing about his game is that he is creating separation from his defender, routinely getting open, and as Agholor commands more attention, Matthews box score should benefit.
2015 Week 5 vs NO (7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
For the first time all season, Jordan Matthews was not the most targeted receiver. He still saw seven, a fine number for any receiver, but with Bradford efficiently spreading the ball around, not one pass-catcher stood out. Matthews did have an opportunity in the end zone on a touchdown he should have caught, but he won't get credit for the drop since an offensive penalty would have erased the play. His role as a slot receiver in the Eagles' offense guarantees a lot of usage. The Eagles' commitment to the running game and underneath passes caps his ceiling. And until a consistent deep threat emerges, Matthews will continue to see opposing teams' best cornerback.
2015 Week 6 vs NYG (11 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews has the speed and size to be a great compliment to any offense. But he's not good enough be the No. 1, especially with a quarterback that struggles with accuracy. One of the things that makes Matthews a big-play threat on every catch is the way he continues to fight for yardage even when wrapped up by multiple defenders. But his drive to push for extra yards sometimes comes at a cost. With the Eagles offense on the move, Matthews made a nice catch on a crossing pattern but fumbled the ball as he fought for the first down. He was otherwise good on a night that his quarterback was mostly awful. Bradford routinely throws Matthews' direction in tight coverage and rarely throws him open. Every ball is contested, so credit to Matthews for making tough catches at times (and dropping easy catches at others). Some of that might explain his red zone stats. He was held without a touchdown for the fourth straight week.
2015 Week 7 vs CAR (7 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was once again Bradford's favorite wide receiver and saw his usual attention. He also showed his usual inconsistencies with dropping passes and letting his quarterback down. One such drop led to an interception when he let a catchable ball slip through his arms. He should have had a touchdown late in the first half but wasn't able to get his feet down in the end zone. It would help if his quarterback could lead him with his throws a bit more. But Matthews' abysmal Week 7 box score can mostly be blamed on tough coverage and bad play. He does rank 12th in receptions but his yards per catch is one of the lowest in the league.
2015 Week 9 vs DAL (12 / 9 / 133 / 1 rec)
It's obvious that an offense can't function at its highest level when their No. 1 receiver is a slot receiver. That didn't matter on Sunday night as Jordan Matthews played an excellent game against a decent, though inexperienced, cornerback. He was the focal point of the offense, as evidenced by his team-leading 12 targets. His 41-yard catch-and-run game-winner in overtime was a setup by a brilliant route in which he started on a crossing pattern out of the right slot, changed direction midfield to slip one defender, then blew past the next defender (bad angle) on his way to the endzone. It was his first touchdown since Week 2 and his first game with more than 100 receiving yards since Week 1. There are areas of his game that are still lacking. It seems like every throw his direction is in tight coverage. Some of that is on Bradford but a lot of it is on Matthews not creating separation. At first, this looked like it was going to be one of his worst games of the season, at least from a box score standpoint, after he ended the first half with just 13 yards. He and Bradford got things going in the second half, capped off by the overtime touchdown. The net result was Matthews' best box score of the season.
2015 Week 10 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Eagles wide receivers contributed only 76 total yards of offense. In the process, Jordan Matthews saw his fewest amount of targets of the season. It didn't help that he missed a few series after Mark Sanchez led him directly into the path of a defender. He took a bad hit and spent a chunk of the third quarter on the sideline. He would return but didn't contribute much outside of a six-yard catch late in the fourth.
2015 Week 11 vs TB (4 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews saw his lowest share of targets this year when Mark Sanchez looked his way only four times. He managed to catch all four but did very little after the catch. His box score is every indication of an offense on tilt. Until the Eagles can establish a No. 1 threat, Matthews weekly output is going to disappoint.
2015 Week 12 vs DET (5 / 3 / 60 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews returned a nice box score thanks to a garbage time touchdown with three minutes left in the game. Only Darren Sroles saw more targets and no player had more receiving yards. Had the Eagles offensive line given Mark Sanchez better protection, Matthews probably would have had a monster day. Though, with the game well under control, one has to wonder if the Lions secondary let up a bit towards the end; hence, the late touchdown where it looked like the defender let Matthews run right past him. In any case, he was able to turn his two other catches into nice gains. Unfortunately, both of those catches came in the first half. He wouldn't log a productive stat for the rest of the game until the garbage time touchdown.
2015 Week 13 vs NE (6 / 3 / 36 / 1 rec)
With the Eagles in firm control of the game, Sam Bradford and his receivers weren't asked to do much. Jordan Matthews was the recipient of six targets - tied for the most with Darren Sproles - but was only able to secure three of them. His day would be almost forgettable were a not for a late touchdown in which he cut through two defenders on a shallow cross. Bradford dropped a perfect pass while rolling to his right. That touchdown all but sealed the victory as it gave the Eagles a three-score lead in the fourth quarter.
2015 Week 15 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 159 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews was the one highlight for the Eagles. He had a career day catching eight of his 11 targets and filling the box score with his most ever receiving yards. A lot of those yards came on one big play early in the fourth quarter when Sam Bradford hit him stride on a beautiful catch-and-run 78-yard touchdown. In truth, the game was well out of reach at this point and it was clearly blown coverage, but Matthews still showed off his speed and agility as he cut through a pack of defenders on his way to the end zone. His first catch of the game also showed off that speed when he ran crossing route and sat down in the middle of the field. Bradford was able to thread a perfect pass which Matthews took up the field for 30 yards. A few plays later he caught a 14-yarder on a third-and-long to pick up a first down and ultimately set up the Eagles first scoring drive. He and Bradford have developed a nice chemistry over their last three games.
2015 Week 16 vs WAS (8 / 6 / 104 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews might have had a career game if he would have been more involved. He took his second catch for 43 yards early in the first quarter after Sam Bradford found him in stride down the left sideline. But he wouldn't see another target until late in the fourth quarter-a catch in tight coverage on 4th-and-7 that he slipped through defenders and scampered up the field. A few plays later he caught a short pass underneath and beat the defender to the pylon for his sixth touchdown of the season. He now has 378 yards and four touchdowns in his last five games.
2015 Week 17 vs NYG (9 / 7 / 54 / 2 rec)
Jordan Matthews' consistency and relationship with his quarterback is materializing all too late. The Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs a week ago, but he still went out and played like this game was just as important as any. He routinely beat his defender, particularly on both of his touchdowns. The first one came with the Eagles set up on the three-yard line. He cut out of the slot and worked a yard lead on his defender before securing a rocket pass from Sam Bradford. His second touchdown was very similar - another goal line toss from the three-yard line in which he easily broke free of his defender and caught the pass without contention. His other highlight of the day came on a 25-yard sprint across the middle. He also dropped a pass that hit him in stride on a third down play that might have gone for a huge touchdown had he reeled it in.
2014 Week 1 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
His first target he was over thrown by Foles as he found a way to get himself open over the middle. Matthews first catch of his career was a nice grab that he went up for and then raced down the middle for a 30 yard gain. Matthews had another key play as he made a 7 yard grab next to the sideline and made sure to pick up enough yards to grab the first down.
2014 Week 2 vs IND (4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Matthews had a drop to start his night out and it came off a quick WR screen pass. On a 3rd and 7 Foles showed some faith in Matthews and went to him but the ball bounced off Matthews hands in tight coverage. On Matthews only catch of the game he showed some good speed after the catch and went for a 17 yard gain as he raced down field.
2014 Week 3 vs WAS (9 / 8 / 59 / 2 rec)
Matthews grabbed his first target of the game with a quick pass and catch from Foles for a modest 4 yard gain. Even with recent game struggles, Foles continues to look in Matthews direction as long as he is open. Matthews made his first touchdown reception for the Eagles 2nd touchdown of the game securing a perfectly thrown ball from Nick Foles. Matthews continued to show some good hands on the day snagged and held onto a quick 6 yard pass from Foles before taking a hit out of bounds. Matthews had another key catch for a first down and 10 yard gain with only 39 seconds left on the clock before halftime. Matthews finished the half with a spectacular toe drag at the back of the endzone for his second touchdown of the game. Matthews showed a lot of patience catching the ball in this game then his first two games in the NFL. He didn't rush things and first and foremost made sure to secure the ball before he started to move forward with the ball. Matthews had another potential big play as he was held on a 35 yard throw over the middle of the field. The play ended in a pass interference call and the Eagles eventually ended up kicking a field goal on the drive. Matthews continued his big day with another 13 yard reception for a first down.
2014 Week 4 vs SF (7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Matthews had a 15 yard catch and run that was called back by penalty and then in a later drive caught an 8 yard pass for a first down and followed that up with another reception for just 4 yards. Matthews was looked to again on 3rd down and with 4 yards to go he made a 5 yard reception and made sure to collect the first down. Matthews had another 11 yard gain for an Eagles 1st down and continues to show that the Eagles can trust him.
2014 Week 5 vs STL (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Matthews got involved early with the first offensive play of the game for the Eagles going for an 11 yard gain on a quick screen to the right side of the field. Matthews had his next catch on the Eagles 2nd drive and it was a quick pass that only went for 3 yards total as he could not find any room after the catch. Matthews had another first down catch which came on a 3rd down as he made a great catch over the middle and used his strength to push the defender away as he ran to the sidelines and picked up additional yards after the catch. Matthews took a Foles dump off pass to the right side of the field and turned it into a decent gain of 9 yards helping to move the ball to the Rams 20 yard line.
2014 Week 6 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Matthews missed on his first target as Foles tried to squeeze the ball into tight coverage on a short pass in the middle of the field. Matthews had a first down 7 yard grab to the right sideline that he made sure to pick up the necessary first down yards and help move the ball before halftime. Matthews had a fantastic catch for a 26 yard gain on a pass from Foles over the middle of the field. Matthews caught a 10 yard catch on a 3rd and 11 and he just couldn't get the extra yards necessary for the first down and
2014 Week 8 vs ARI (11 / 6 / 47 / 0 rec)
Matthews first action of the game was an effective catch and run on a crossing route which he turned up field for a big 23 yard gain. Matthews seemed to catch a 14 yard pass but it was overruled by a Cardinals challenge as it showed that he did not have control of the ball. Matthews made a quick WR screen pass for 7 yards out to the left sidelines. Matthews had a nice 13 yard catch on another WR screen and used his speed to get the first down yardage. Matthews got targeted at the end of the game twice in the endzone and the final play he caught the ball but could not drag his feet in bounds to make the play. It was a great effort but he just came up short.
2014 Week 9 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)
Matthews took the second play from scrimmage for a 5 yard gain on the left side hauling in a swing pass from Nick Foles. Matthews took a perfect pass from Sanchez just over his head at the back of the endzone and made a nice touchdown reception giving the Eagles a 7 point lead.
2014 Week 10 vs CAR (9 / 7 / 138 / 2 rec)
Matthews first target he missed the pass as it bounced off his hands. Matthews made up for the early drop by having an incredible drive for the Eagles as he caught back to back passes of 23 yards and 17 yards for two Eagles first downs. He had another 20 yard catch on a third and 10 and secured the ball and added some yards after the catch and on the very next play caught a 13 yard pass for a touchdown right at the goal line showing some sure hands as he made sure to secure the ball. Matthews had another great catch over the middle where he did most of his damage after the catch and kept running after the catch for a 33 yard reception. Matthews had yet another catch and run to the left side and was tripped up but not before he grabbed 14 yards and a first down. Matthews continued his breakout game with a screen pass on third down that he took and avoided Panthers defenders twisting and turning his way into the endzone.
2014 Week 11 vs GB (8 / 5 / 107 / 1 rec)
Matthews picked up a first down on his first look of the game, it came on a short 5 yard pass but Matthews made a move to pick up the extra yard and make sure to get the first down. Matthews dropped a big third down pass deep down the field as the ball bounced off his fingertips but it was a big play that the Eagles desperately needed on offense at that point of the game but Matthews just failed to make the catch. Matthews made a great catch down the field for a huge 40 yard gain as the two of Sanchez and Matthews continued to show some good chemistry with each other. Matthews took a WR screen pass for a 10 yard touchdown as he showed great ability after the catch to use his body and strength to make sure to drive the ball into the endzone. Matthews had a some more catches in garbage time which may not mean a lot on the score sheet but it is a nice sign that he is gaining some confidence in the passing game.
2014 Week 12 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews appears to be Mark Sanchez's safety blanket. The receiver caught six passes for 77 yards in this game, leading the team in both categories. Most of Matthews' receptions came short over the middle of the field. Those are safer throws for Sanchez to make but they limited Matthews' potential for yardage without YAC. On two of his short receptions, Matthews was able to turn downfield and make a defender or two miss for big gains. He could have added another big play on a post route and potentially a touchdown, but he wasn't strong at the catch point allowing a defender to cut in front of him. Late in the fourth quarter, he caught his longest pass of the game when Sanchez extended the play into the pocket. Matthews may be a long, lanky wide receiver with good athleticism, but he was largely being used as a possession receiver in this game.
2014 Week 13 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 51 / 1 rec)
Matthews just missed a diving touchdown catch in the corner of the endzone as the ball bounced off his finger tips. Matthews made the best of his next target as he made a 15 yard catch on a Sanchez rollout pass. Matthews caught a very nice rollout pass from Sanchez for a 27 yard touchdown where he had to catch the ball in stride and run it in for the touchdown. Matthews had two short catches of 4 and 5 yards to pick up some quick yards for the Eagles and move the ball down the field and help set up a field goal before half time.
2014 Week 14 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Matthews caught a short 6 yard pass from Sanchez on the third offensive play of the game for the Eagles. As soon as he caught the pass he was quickly hit out of bounds well short of the first down. Matthews had a nice catch and run for 17 yards from Sanchez as he caught the ball on a rollout pass and raced down the left sidelines to pick up some extra yardage.
2014 Week 16 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews had a modest game considering his quarterback threw 50 passes on the day. Matthews's huge play came when he converted a 3rd and 25 to keep an Eagles scoring drive alive in the second quarter. The Eagles passing game exploited the weak Washington LB group by attacking with the TE and RB positions in the passing game.
2014 Week 17 vs NYG (10 / 8 / 105 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews had a very productive and successful game against the Giants as he led all receivers for the Eagles in terms of catches, yards and touchdowns. Matthews was explosive and was able to get wide open in this offense on many occasions to punish the Giants sloppy coverage. Matthews scored early in this game on a play action pass from Sanchez to the outside. Matthews got the pass in open space and got a great block from his receiver downfield which helped set up the run into the endzone. Matthews found a soft spot over the middle on a curl route against the Giants and turned it into a big first down after another nice run after the catch. Matthews then hauled in a lot of short plays on the outside for Philadelphia, helping to set up third and short situations and showing consistent hands. Matthews also managed to haul in a slant pattern in the redzone but unfortunately was tackled one yard shy of the goal line.