2014 NFL Draft: Chip Kelly says Jordan Matthews will be the Eagles slot receiver

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles have a new slot receiver and his name is Jordan Matthews.

The Philadelphia Eagles created a hole on their offense earlier this offseason when they cut long-time slot receiver Jason Avant. With the No. 42 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Eagles addressed that position by drafting wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly spoke to the media shortly after the Eagles' pick was announced. He confirmed that Matthews will be starting for the Eagles in the slot position.

Kelly noted he believes Matthews can also play on the outside. Matthews (6-3, 212) instantly becomes one of the NFL's biggest slot receivers, which is no surprise given Kelly's popular "big people beat up little people" mantra.

Regarding the Eagles' decision to trade up for Matthews, Kelly explained that the team was targeting two wide receivers at that time The first was Marqise Lee and he had gone to the Jaguars a few picks before the Titans. The Eagles then felt it was necessary to trade up with Tennessee in order to acquire Matthews.

As you can see, the Eagles' organization is fairly excited about the pick.

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