One could say the Philadelphia Eagles have a need at wide receiver considering JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward are the only two healthy players at their position on the 53-man roster. Alshon Jeffery is expected to be placed on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending. Nelson Agholor’s availability, meanwhile, is still up in the air.
And so the Eagles will likely need to add at least one — if not two — more receivers to their roster. So, will they be calling up old friend Jordan Matthews?!
No, they will not.
The San Francisco 49ers officially re-signed Matthews on Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles previously re-re-signed Matthews during their bye week. He played 134 offensive snaps and logged just four receptions for 33 yards in two games with Philly before being waived, however.
It would’ve been frustrating to see the Eagles bring JMatt back again. What’s the point? He already wasn’t effective and there’s no chance he’s going to be a long-term fixture for this team. It’s preferable to go with a younger option such as one of the three guys on the practice squad: Marken Michel, Robert Davis, and/or Marcus Green.
On that note, the Eagles reportedly didn’t work out any free agent receivers on Tuesday, so it looks like a practice squad promotion is coming. It’s just a matter of who it’ll be and when it’ll happen.
COMPENSATORY PICK UPDATE: For those wondering how JMatt re-signing with the 49ers impacts the Eagles’ comp pick formula ... it doesn’t. Matthews would’ve had to spend 10 total games with San Fran and that’s not possible now. Had it worked out that way, the Eagles would’ve gotten a 2020 seventh-round comp pick. Instead, they’re projected to receive these three picks (per Over The Cap):