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Jordan Matthews' numbers are even better than you thought they were

In 2013, Vanderbilt finished 67th in passing yards, and 92nd in rushing yards. To say the least, their offense was less than spectacular. And yet, new Eagles WR Jordan Matthews finished 4th in the country in 2013 both in receptions and yards.

Jordan Matthews’ numbers are even better than you thought they were

Vanderbilt´s Jordan Matthews participates in an NFL event in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The event was to promote Play 60, an NFL program which encourages kids to be active for a healthy life. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews participates in an NFL event in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The event was to promote Play 60, an NFL program which encourages kids to be active for a healthy life. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In 2013, Vanderbilt finished 67th in passing yards, and 92nd in rushing yards. To say the least, their offense was less than spectacular. And yet, new Eagles WR Jordan Matthews finished 4th in the country in 2013 both in receptions and yards.

In other words, Jordan Matthews basically was Vanderbilt's offense, and that is something that appealed to Chip Kelly.

"The remarkable thing you kept seeing with him," explained Kelly, "is I think everybody knew when Vanderbilt went into the game that he was the guy that was going to get the ball.  Obviously, he's the all‑time leading receiver in that conference, yet he still kept getting the ball, so it's a credit to him."

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The numbers back up Kelly's statement. Of the 32 receivers that were drafted over the weekend, Matthews had the highest percentage of his team's receiving yards, at a whopping 49.93%. (Click here to enlarge graph)

Jordan Matthews didn't play with many good players at Vanderbilt. With weapons like LeSean McCoy, Zach Ertz, Jeremy Maclin, and the rest of the Eagles' potent offense around Matthews, the NFL might actually feel easier in some ways to him.

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