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Strong First Drive For WR Jordan Matthews In Preseason Opener

Posted Aug 11, 2017


GREEN BAY, WIS –
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews wasted no time showing that he is ready for prime-time duty in the Eagles’ offense by catching three critical passes in the offense’s opening drive in Thursday night’s preseason opening 23-9 loss at Green Bay.

Sidelined with knee tendinitis for a large portion of the spring’s Organized Team Activities, Matthews came right out of the chute against the Packers with some clutch catches as the Eagles drove 60 yards in 10 plays to score a first-possession touchdown.

“It felt great being out there and getting into the flow right away,” Matthews said. “We have a lot of weapons, a lot of ways to score points. It was good to get right into it.”

Matthews was on the receiving end on the first offensive snap as quarterback Carson Wentz faked a handoff to running back LeGarrette Blount and rolled right. He flipped a pass to Matthews for a 5-yard gain.

The second time the two connected, on a third-and-2 play, Matthews broke a tackle and gained a first down to keep the drive going. Finally, the Eagles went for it on fourth-and-6 from the Green Bay 42-yard line and Wentz went to Matthews for a 7-yard gain and another first down.

Clearly, Wentz and Matthews have not missed a beat with the chemistry they developed last season.

“Carson is easy to work with,” Matthews said. “He wants to be great, like all of us. We had one drive, put the ball in the end zone, and called it a night. It was a good start for us.”

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