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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Rookie Matthews takes workouts in stride

By Andy Jasner

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up 12 spots to select wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt in the NFL draft.

They moved up from No. 54 to No. 42 and grabbed the ultra-talented Matthews early in the second round.

Since being drafted by the Eagles, he has gone through OTAs and a recently held mandatory minicamp.

It has been a whirlwind.

"I think I did all right," Matthews told CSNPhilly.com. "The main two things that I always want to control are my attitude and my effort, so I feel like I was able to come out and give 100 percent. I just have to continue to get better at the little things, too. It's been great, informative, definitely a great learning environment. I can't ask to be part of a better team, a better organization.

"Coach [Chip] Kelly, Coach Bick [Bob Bicknell], Coach Pat [Shurmur] -- they've all made it a great atmosphere for me to come here and get better, and I appreciate that. Now I just have to go out there and make plays for them."

Matthews completed his career with the Commodores with 242 receptions and 3,759 yards, both SEC records.

Since the Eagles released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Matthews is likely to earn plenty of snaps as a rookie.

Training camp hasn't even started, and Matthews is well aware of what type of work needs to be done.

"There's no 'teams,'" Matthews said. "Everybody's trying out; everybody's trying to get better. We'll find out what teams are once we get to [opening day] Sept. 7. When I'm in there with Nick [Foles], when I'm in there with Mark [Sanchez], when I'm in there with Matt [Barkley] or with G.J. [Kinne] it's all the same thing, I'm just trying to go out there and get better."