At least one Buffalo Bills player is familiar with new wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Running back LeSean McCoy was teammates with Matthews in Philadelphia during the 2014 season. Matthews was a rookie that year and quickly impressed McCoy. Before the start of Matthew’s rookie season, McCoy went as far as to say that he was confident that Matthews was the best receiver in the 2014 draft class.
“That rookie we got. (Jordan) Matthews” McCoy said when asked who has caught his eye. “He has done real good. I think there has been a lot of talk about this (past) draft class being deep at wide receiver, but I’m real confident in (Matthews) being the best one out of the class.”
McCoy’s quote came before Matthews’ first training camp. At the time, the wide receiver had been promoted to the first team offense in 11-on-11 drills. Matthews’ size and intangibles impressed McCoy.
“The kid, from being 6-foot-3, can run like a deer, is strong — that’s all you can ask for,” McCoy said. “It’s still early, you gotta go through the season and see how he does, but he looks amazing.”
As a rookie, Matthews made McCoy look pretty smart. Matthews caught 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 starts with the Eagles.
McCoy was traded to the Bills in 2015, but Matthews continued to produce on the field in Philadelphia. He’s caught 158 passes in the last two seasons for 1,801 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In Philadelphia, Matthews was the league’s most productive player in terms of slot yards over the last three years according to Pro Football Focus. Matthews will certainly be lined up in the slot at times in Buffalo, but the team will likely give him snaps on the outside as well.
Time will tell how Matthews fares with the Bills, but fans can only hope that the receiver is as good as McCoy believed back in 2014.
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