Around the NFL  

 

LeSean McCoy: Jordan Matthews is best of rookie WRs

Keenan Allen of the Chargers became just the eighth player over the past two decades to record 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie.

The steep learning curve for rookie wide receivers at the NFL level hasn't stopped fans and analysts from predicting great feats for a loaded 2014 class.

It's hard to keep up with the glowing quotes emanating from offseason practices and training camps.

"Special" No. 4 overall draft pick Sammy Watkins has owned Bills training camp.

No. 12 overall draft pick Odell Beckham was the lone receiver in the class ready to run NFL routes.

Playmaking No. 20 overall pick Brandin Cooks is stealing the show in Saints camp.

"Unstoppable" No. 28 overall draft pick Kelvin Benjamin is "catching everything in sight" and already looks like a No. 1 receiver.

According to Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, though, it's a second-round wide receiver who is the best of the bunch.

"That rookie we got, (Jordan) Matthews, is looking real good," McCoy said Tuesday, via Philly Magazine. "There's been a lot of talk about this draft class being deep at wide receivers, but I'm real confident in this one being the best of the class. It's still early, you got to go through the season and see how he does, but he looks amazing."

A string of effusive praise has trailed Matthews around Eagles practices since early June. Foles already "loves" his new toy. Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez said he doesn't think he's ever been around a rookie "that can work like that."

Slated to open the season as Nick Foles' slot receiver, Matthews finally got some work on the outside in Tuesday's practice.

We have high expectations for the No. 42 overall draft pick, including leading the team in receiving yards. One of the biggest mistakes of the offseason was 31 teams allowing Chip Kelly to get his hands on a talent of Matthews' caliber.

The latest Around The League Podcast makes sense of Andy Dalton's new contract and takes a look at the Giants' evolving backfield.

Fan Discussion

NFL News
CONTENT
15