Matthews slipped to the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft despite leaving Vanderbilt as the SEC all-time receiver and McCoy has already seen enough in camp to believe the Eagles got a steal and the best rookie receiver in a loaded class for pass-catchers.
“That rookie we got, (Jordan) Matthews, is looking real good,” McCoy said Tuesday, via Philly Magazine. “There’s been a lot of talk about this draft class being deep at wide receivers, but I’m real confident in this one being the best of the class. It’s still early, you got to go through the season and see how he does, but he looks amazing.”
This is the latest praise this summer that has seen Matthews emerge as a dynamic playmaker out of the slot in Chip Kelly’s offense and should be another fun new toy for quarterback Nick Foles.
The development of Matthews should make the Eagles decision to part ways with DeSean Jackson much easier and make a host of other teams in the NFL regret passing on the former Commodores receiver in the first round.
With the addition of Darren Sproles in the offseason via trade and the return of Jeremy Maclin from injury coupled with the continued development of Riley Cooper, Zach Ertz and Foles, the Eagles offense should be among the best in the NFL this year.
Whether Matthews is the best of all rookie wide receivers remains to be seen, but he is going to make it an interesting debate all season long.