To say that Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews has caught the eye of media members in attendance during the team's OTA practices, myself included, would be an understatement. Matthews has caught every ball thrown his way and that's impressive considering how often he's targeted. It's also apparent that Matthews' incredible work ethic in college has translated to the NFL. He truly gives it his all and that's apparent when you see him running an extra 20 yards after a play ends.
However, the Matthews hype train hit new levels on Tuesday when BGN alumnus and current Philly.com writer Jimmy Kempski tweeted the following.
In limited media access to OTAs so far, Jordan Matthews has looked like the best WR on the team, in my opinion, and it hasn't been close.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) June 10, 2014
And as I said shortly after, I really can't disagree with Jimmy's evaluation. To be fair, Kempski did temper his first tweet with the fact that veteran players such as Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper may be taking it a little easier in practice considering it's only June. But that didn't stop the national media from running wild with Matthews hype. Take a look:
Is a rookie drafted in the 2nd Round already the best wideout on the @Eagles roster? http://t.co/r4j4fBpkmB pic.twitter.com/Bv3eYLLIHn— NFL (@nfl) June 10, 2014
Jordan Matthews already is drawing comparisons to Terrell Owens, seriously http://t.co/4LLf761yJ5— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 11, 2014
I'm usually very pessimistic with rookies, but case could be made that Jordan Matthews has the best odds among rookies at WR1 #s in '14.— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) June 10, 2014
Standout OTA performances are springboard to discuss those specific players. Jordan Matthews landed in a great spot & ppl should be excited.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) June 10, 2014
And of course the local guys (myself included) have been involved as well:
Jordan Matthews has been the star of the Eagles' organized team activities so far, @LesBowen writes: http://t.co/1oa343lApS— Philly.com Sports (@phillysport) June 11, 2014
"Jordan Matthews will be a bigger star in the NFL than Andrew Wiggins will be in the NBA." -Angelo | http://t.co/7wwff5BLQH— WIP Morning Show (@WIPMorningShow) June 11, 2014
Jordan Matthews is an #Eagles receiver worth getting excited about: http://t.co/ll6ce1e8tR— The700Level (@The700Level) June 10, 2014
I think at this point after several OTAs anything less than a Hall of Fame career for Jordan Matthews would be a tremendous surprise.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) June 11, 2014
Ok, so that last one by McLane was a joke. But I can tell you that this quip from the Eagles starting QB was certainly not in humor:
Nick Foles on Jordan Matthews: I love him.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) June 9, 2014
See? True love.
Despite the recent increase in attention, there's always been some buzz surrounding Matthews. BGN already contributed to the hype machine by looking at his Offensive Rookie of the Year odds. And then there was the whole "Is Jordan Matthews better than Sammy Watkins?" comparison.
It's easy to see why people are getting excited. For one, it's the offseason and there's not much else going on. And like I said earlier, Matthews has looked impressive in Eagles OTAs. My only fear here is that the expectations for Matthews are already reaching a level where he's bound to fall short. Trust me, I'm high on Matthews and I expect him to do very well in Philadelphia. But let's give the guy a chance to play first before he's crowned the next great thing. Temper those expectations.
(Or don't and just go crazy instead running around yelling AHHHHHH JORDAN MATTHEWS!)