Jordan Matthews didn’t put much stock in comments recently made by an NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah that implied Nelson Agholor would be the Eagles’ starting slot wide receiver ahead of him.
“My biggest thing is, am I getting reps now? Am I getting opportunities to go out there and make plays? That’s my only focus,” Matthews said Sunday after open practice at Lincoln Financial Field. “I can’t really worry too much about what Daniel Jeremiah says, or any of those guys. They don’t play ball. They’re not in the front office.”
Jeremiah used to be an Eagles scout, though, and he recently spent a day at training camp. He previously worked under executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and worked alongside vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas with the Ravens.
“He’s going to be their slot receiver,” Jeremiah said on his podcast. “I’ll be shocked if he’s not. I don’t know what that means for Jordan Matthews.”
Asked whether Jeremiah’s comments carried any additional weight because of his relationships in the Eagles front office, Matthews said, “I really don’t think so, because football is so unpredictable.”
Matthews missed the last three weeks of practice in the spring as he dealt with a knee injury. The Eagles described the injury as tendinitis. Agholor took many of Matthews’ first-team snaps in the slot and had the best spring of his three-year career.
Matthews returned to the field for the start of camp, but declined to go into further detail about his knee. He said that long as he was out on the field, he should be considered healthy. And yet, the fourth-year receiver hasn’t looked as dominating in camp as he has in the past.
He’s been getting about equal reps with Agholor, who has been having the best camp of his career, both in the slot and outside with both the first- and second-team units.
“It’s so early in training camp. People make so many bold predictions,” Matthews said. “The craziest thing is, I make a bold prediction or say something outlandish and it’s wrong, I would get scrutinized. He might do it, and it’s, like, ‘OK …’ His mock drafts are pretty bad every year. Nobody gets on him.”
Matthews, who has been the Eagles’ leading receiver the last two seasons, is entering the last year of his rookie contract. He was asked whether his contract situation made it possible that he could be traded and whether he was 100 percent sure that he would remain on the team this season.
“I’m not 100 percent sure I’m not going to get in a car wreck when I leave here,” Matthews said. “I know I’m 100 percent that when I go out there, they’re going to get my all. That’s all I know.”