Rookie WR Jordan Matthews has reportedly been Eagles' best receiver in OTAs


Rookie WR Jordan Matthews has reportedly been Eagles' best receiver in OTAs

This is the viewpoint of one observer, but it follows a line of praise that Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews @jmattjmattjmatt has been receiving since the team began organized team activities and earlier.
Jimmy Kempski of tweeted Tuesday that Matthews "has looked like the best WR on the team, in my opinion, and it hasn't been close."
Kempski's colleague, Jeff McLane, wrote last week how he has also been impressed by Matthews.

Fantasy Analysis:

A few of things to keep in mind here: OTAs are football in shorts, so let's not get too carried away with who looks good and who looks bad without the pads on. This is good to hear, but let's see Matthews carry it into training camp and preseason games.
Veteran receivers such as Jeremy Maclin @jmac_18 and Riley Cooper @RileyCooper_14 may just be going through the motions in these workouts while Matthews is trying to do whatever he can to show why he belongs at this level. He hasn't earned the benefit of the doubt in this league, so it's understandable why he would be going all-out in these practices.
Lastly, Kempski and the media get very abbreviated views of practice before they are forced to leave. While his opinion is worth noting, it is not a full picture of what goes on during OTAs.
OK, now that I've poured a few gallons of cold water on this story, let me try to talk Matthews up. The Eagles are going to put him in the slot right away, and at 6-foot-3, he'll have a significant size advantage on most slot corners. He also has 4.4-40 speed, huge hands and a commendable work ethic. I'd much rather own Matthews than Cooper in re-draft leagues this year, considering that Matthews will probably require a smaller investment. And I seriously doubt Cooper will top his 2013 numbers.
Is Matthews going to be a big-time fantasy commodity right away? I wouldn't go that far. The Eagles use a run-first offense, and they have some good receivers elsewhere in Jeremy Maclin and tight end Zach Ertz @ZERTZ_86. But you could do a lot worse than selecting Matthews in the deeper rounds. With Maclin playing on a one-year deal and uncertain to return in 2015, Matthews could become the Eagles' No. 1 wide receiver as early as next season.

Jimmy Kempski via Twitter

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