Jordan Matthews’ on-and-off Eagles career is on. Again.
Signed to a contract on Monday morning, Matthews participated in the team’s on-field work later in the day and met the media at his NovaCare Complex locker in the afternoon.
Everything for Matthews was so familiar after spending the first two months of the 2019 season with San Francisco.
“I feel like it’s unprecedented. I’ve heard of guys going back to the team that drafted them once. But twice? It’s crazy,” said Matthews, a second-round draft pick in 2014 who had 225 receptions and 20 touchdowns for the Eagles in his first three seasons here before being traded, along with a third-round draft pick, to Buffalo in the 2017 preseason for cornerback Ronald Darby. Matthews then returned to the Eagles midway through the 2018 campaign and caught 20 passes in the regular season and added a touchdown catch in the playoff loss at New Orleans.
Matthews said he was texting with quarterback Carson Wentz and “I was like a kid in a candy store. I was so happy. I picked up my son and we ran around the house” when he found out he was returning to the Eagles.
“This is where I want to be.”
Matthews has certainly had his ups and downs since establishing Eagles franchise records for most receptions in a three-year period to open a career. He just hasn’t found firm footing, but Matthews said he’s stayed positive, expecting good things to come.
Good things came when the Eagles called. Again.
“I always just stayed focused on the process,” Matthews said. “I look at it like it’s a relationship … I feel like I came back here as a better player last year, smarter, more focused, and I feel the same thing coming back this time. I look at it like it’s a journey. I’m having a good time on it, too. I feel great, the best I’ve felt in a long time. I’m ready to go.”
The Eagles are likely to get Matthews, who played in one game with San Francisco before being released on October 26, quickly integrated into the offense with DeSean Jackson on Injured Reserve. Head coach Doug Pederson knows Matthews can step right into the scheme and help.
“We’re excited to get him back,” Pederson said. “He’s been a good player for us. He’s a veteran player. He still knows our system, which is a positive. Really, he can kind of pick up where he left off. We’re excited. He’s had a great relationship with our quarterback and we’ve just got to get him in the mix, get him out there, get him going, and see where he can help us.”