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Oregon football: Ducks receiver Josh Huff finds the path to healing and success goes through Eugene |
With his mother battling drug addiction and serving a prison sentence, Oregon receiver Josh Huff is becoming the man he wants to be.

2014 NFL Draft Capsules: Jordan Matthews, WR, Keeper of the Offense - Anchor Of Gold
Jordan Matthews carried the Vanderbilt offense and rewrote school and SEC records in his four years as a Commodore. He's also got prototypical WR size - so why has he slipped to the 2nd round of NFL mock drafts?

2014 Senior Bowl Interviews: WR Jordan Matthews | Fanspeak's NFL Draft Blog
"The biggest thing is just you gotta keep working. The NFL is what have you done for me lately. If you ever let up, if you ever take that chip off your shoulder, somebody else is going to come up passing you. Whether it’s somebody on your team or somebody that’s going to be coming in the draft, like me and these guys are about to be coming. The biggest thing is to always keep that chip on your shoulder and keep working the way you want to be."

Taking Stock - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Kelly wants players who can play through contact. That gave Nnamdi and DRC no chance to stay. It meant that DeSean faced an uphill battle to be a long term fit. Jeremy Maclin has to prove that he will do that. Speed and skill are critical, but football is a brutal, physical game. There are times when you have to be able to deal with contact and still get the job done. All of the picks are Seniors. 2 of them have graduated from college and the other will do that soon. The point of this has nothing to do with academics, but rather accomplishment. The players went to class on a regular basis. They did their work. They balanced a schedule and took care of their business. Mature players like that are more likely to work to fit into the football culture that Chip is developing. He wants a commitment on and off the field.

No-22: Get To Know Jordan Matthews - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
You can see the size/speed combination is there with Matthews. And so is the production. As a senior, he had 112 catches for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2012, Matthews caught 94 balls for 1,323 yards and eight scores. It's worth noting that some of the numbers are tied to scheme. Per Rotoworld, 45.93 percent of Matthews' catches came on screens. But he averaged 7.8 yards per catch, second in the class. Looking at his production from last year, I was impressed. Matthews' straight-line speed shows up on the field. He's good on screens, can track the ball well on downfield throws and makes catches over the middle. As is the case with many of the receivers in this class, he has the versatility to play inside or outside.

Kelly, Huff Reunited In Philadelphia - Danta Klaus,
Chip Kelly beamed at the podium when discussing the Eagles' third-round pick, wide receiver Josh Huff. Kelly recruited and coached Huff to Oregon and feels the latter's versatility and utility, especially on special teams, is an ideal fit for the Eagles.

Eagles go for a wide receiver with their second pick - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
Before Jordan Matthews was to meet with the Eagles, he went into the film study room at Vanderbilt where the Commodores had four cut-ups of Chip Kelly's Eagles offense. "I watched a couple of those films from last year to kind of get a taste for it," Matthews said. If the Eagles hit on their second-round selection on Friday night, Matthews is sure to get a plateful as the team's newest wide receiver. The Birds had an obvious need at the position after releasing DeSean Jackson in late March, and while Matthews won't replace the former Eagle on the outside, per se, there will be obvious comparisons

Chip Kelly gets pragmatic about the draft - PFT
I don’t know Eagles coach Chip Kelly very well, but I like him.  I like him in part because he’s willing to explain things for what they are, not for what anyone wants us to think them to be. When it comes to the draft, Kelly has pulled back the curtain on the notion, as perpetrated by the media draft machine, that there’s some sort of code that magically can be cracked.  There’s not; it’s all a crapshoot and anyone who tries to tell the audience otherwise is dumb or lying.

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