Eagles sign second-round WR Jordan Matthews to four-year deal

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Eagles rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/Staff Photographer)

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.

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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.

"I want to be the first guy up, the first guy in the building, the last to leave," Matthews said. "I like to compete in everything I do. I'm going to try to eat healthier than you. I'm going to try to practice harder than you. I'm going to try to stretch longer."

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