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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Matthews adjusting well to NFL pressure

By Andy Jasner

Jordan Matthews doesn’t seem fazed by pressure.

As a second-round pick with lofty expectations, the 6-foot-3 wide receiver from Vanderbilt just comes to work every day. He’s not concerned with comparisons to DeSean Jackson or what type of numbers he might put up as a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matthews was the No. 42 overall selection in the draft and later represented the Eagles at the Los Angeles Rookie Premiere event.

“It's going to continue to grow each year, now with the draft (moving later),” Matthews told the Philadelphia Daily News in this story. “It's becoming a bigger event; it's also going to be more pressure on everybody. At the same time, too, pressure is all relative. It's how much you're going to put on yourself. I've got a lot of great guys around me, a lot of guys to help me in this offense. I don't try to put too much pressure on myself.”

Matthews performed admirably during OTAs and is off to a solid start in his first training camp. He’s simply soaking everything up and not looking ahead.

“OTAs, minicamps, we never got into press coverage that much,” Matthews told the Daily News. “Now that we’re into that next phase of real training camp, they have been able to press. Going inside, I have gone against [Brandon] Boykin when he comes down and presses. Malcolm [Jenkins] is a very physical guy when he comes down and puts his hands on you. I'm getting to work against different types of guys; it's getting me better in each area.”

Matthews’ ability has been noticeable. Just ask veteran cornerback Cary Williams.

“I see a guy that has a big, huge motor, man,” Williams told the Daily News. “I see a guy that's going to bust his tail from the minute the ball's snapped to the end of the play. He's going to finish every play. I see a guy that goes up to get the ball away from his body -- all those intangible things that you can't coach. You see those things out of that guy. Him and [third-round rookie Josh] Huff both have done a tremendous job for us. They're young guys, but they came in with a veteran mentality, making plays.”