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Focus will be on Eagles' receivers in opener

9/3/2014

The Philadelphia Eagles made a bold decision to release three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson in the offseason.

They also let go of sure-handed wide receiver Jason Avant.

When the regular season opens Sunday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars, it will be natural to keep a close eye on the current group of wide receivers.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur met with reporters and was asked extensively about the wide receivers.

Jordan Matthews was the Eagles' second round pick following a stellar career at Vanderbilt.

It has been an up-and-down training camp and preseason for Matthews. No surprise there for a rookie.

"Jordan did everything we're looking for in a receiver, and you can just click off the things you've seen in our training sessions and in the games," Shurmur said. "He's good at catching the football. He's big and physical. He can be bump and run. When he catches it, he can run with it. He blocks. He's smart. All the things we're looking for."

Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper have been nicked up in the preseason.

Are they ready for Jacksonville?

"I think so," Shurmur said, referring to whether Maclin has had enough reps. "He's really actually done very well coming back from his injury and then going through the training sessions. I think as we get ready to play now, and we kind of structure our training sessions where we're practicing drives and making sure we get groups of plays so that they get their conditioning, I think he's ready to go."

How about Cooper?

"Riley is the same," Shurmur said. "I think they are ready to go. These are guys that have played in the NFL for multiple years. They understand what it takes to get ready to go. They are comfortable in our system, and they are ready to play."