The Eagles signed second-round pick Jordan Matthews to a four-year contract on Tuesday. The wide receiver from Vanderbilt is expected to be the Eagles’ slot receiver this season, replacing Jason Avant.
The only remaining unsigned rookie is first-round pick Marcus Smith.
Matthews, 21, arrives in Philadelphia with significant expectations. He shot down any DeSean Jackson connections -- "I'm a totally different player than DeSean Jackson. I don't even know where those comparisons would come from,' he said -- but he was the first receiver acquired after Jackson was released and will fill a valuable role.
Matthews was the SEC's all-time leader in receiving yards (3,759) and receptions (262). At 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds with a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, he also offers a rare size/speed combination. The Eagles want to go big in the slot, where teams usually go small. That's why coach Chip Kelly wants to start Matthews inside. The team's decision-makers were also impressed with Matthews' personality and work ethic. He studied four Eagles film before his pre-draft visit with the team.