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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Matthews learning the rookie ropes

By Andy Jasner

The comparison probably isn’t fair, but it’s a natural one to make.

And Jordan Matthews refuses to buy in.

After the Philadelphia Eagles made the controversial decision to release three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson, they soon selected the Vanderbilt wide receiver in the second round of the NFL draft.

In fact, the Eagles moved up 12 spots to No. 42 overall to select the ultra-talented Matthews.

Since that day, Matthews has avoided any link to Jackson.

“We’re in OTAs, man,” Matthews told the Delaware County Daily Times in this story. “We’ve just started practicing, and we are trying to get better. And that’s that.”

Jackson caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns for the Eagles last season.

Matthews has never taken a snap in an NFL game of any kind. He’s simply learning all he can on a daily basis.

“I am coming into a new area,” Matthews told the Daily Times. “By the time I left college, I knew all the ins and outs of my school. I knew every little keyhole that I could get through to make sure I could get onto the field as early as possible. Right now, with the rookies, you’ve got to try to learn the ropes. You’re not going to try to come in here and figure out everything early on.”

Matthews continues to say the right things while displaying a strong work ethic on the field. And he refuses to compare himself to anyone.

“I am getting more comfortable with the things I am trying to do and my transition to the NFL,” Matthews said. “At the same time, I have to continue to get better.”