Paul Domowitch wrote this week, “Jordan Matthews has spent most of his athletic life as the picture of health. Other players got hurt, not him. Not ever. Not in little league. Not in Pop Warner. Not in middle school or high school. Not at Vanderbilt. Not in his first two years in the NFL. This season, though, has been one big pain for the Eagles slot receiver.”
A knee, his back, an ankle — it has been one thing after another for the Eagles receiver. The frustration is obvious.
Jeff McLane, though, notes another, less-obvious issue. Everyone can see how this has affected Matthews. The issue, though, is how it has affected rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, particularly in his worst game of the season at Cincinnati: “Without Matthews, Wentz had his worst game. He tossed three interceptions against the Bengals last week and could have had more. Matthews' presence probably wouldn't have altered the outcome - a 32-14 loss that all but interred the Eagles' playoff hopes. But his ankle injury, in the big picture, did put on hold the developing chemistry between Wentz and maybe the only receiver who is guaranteed to be back next season.”
Bob Ford talked about another kind of relationship — that between a head coach and his press conferences — that seems to be lacking in the case of Doug Pederson, the coach who astoundingly acknowledged this past week that not all his players were giving their all.
Zach Berman writes that in the final weeks of the season, even if the playoffs are a longshot, the Eagles and Wentz have plenty still to learn about each other.
Bob Brookover writes that, while DeSean Jackson is a solid candidate to be a wide receiver for the Eagles next season, another might be the Browns’ Terrelle Pryor.