|Team:||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 212 lb.|
|Born:||July 16, 1992|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 2 (42)|
Matthews did not receive a target in his lone appearance with San Francisco in 2019.
Analysis: Matthews signed with the 49ers to help bolster a thin receiving unit, but he was unable to crack the 53-man roster until late in the season when he was active for just one contest. The 27-year-old experienced early success with Philadelphia when he was healthy enough to play, so he could earn another shot with a club as an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
Matthews (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's game against the Vikings.
Analysis: The 27-year-old wide receiver has not been activate for a game since signing with the 49ers towards the beginning of December.
Matthews (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's matchup with the rams.
Analysis: Matthews signed with the 49ers on Dec. 11 but didn't see game action in Week 15. There will likely need to be another injury within the receiving corps for the 27-year-old to receive a chance on gamedays.
Matthews signed with the 49ers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Matthews suited up for the 49ers in Week 7 but was promptly cut, leading to a two-game stint with the Eagles. The 2014 second-round pick struggled with drops, however, hauling in four of 12 targets for 33 scoreless yards. Matthews will get another shot with the Niners, but he'll top out as a rotational wideout.
Matthews was waived by the Eagles on Monday.
Analysis: Matthews received the start Sunday versus the Seahawks but caught only three of six targets for 27 yards despite playing nearly every offensive snap. The 27-year-old also saw a heavy snap share Week 11 but had only one catch for six yards. Philadelphia scored a meager 19 points in those two contests, and the team apparently saw enough that it was willing to move on from the veteran wideout.
Matthews is expected to serve as one of the Eagles' starting receivers Sunday against the Seahawks with both Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) inactive for the contest, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: The Eagles haven't announced their starting lineup for Week 12, but Matthews (85 percent offensive snap share, one catch for six yards on six targets) and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (25 percent, one catch for 29 yards on one target) trailed only a healthy Agholor in terms of usage in the Week 11 loss to the Patriots. Though Matthews saw a big role right off the bat in his first game since re-signing with Philadelphia, Kaye notes that coach Doug Pederson didn't give the veteran a ringing endorsement for his performance against New England. Matthews will get a shot at redemption out of necessity, as the remaining options at receiver (Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins and Greg Ward) have just 13 catches between them this season. While Matthews could garner a decent share of targets, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia speculates the Eagles will make ample use of 12 personnel (two tight ends), meaning that Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert may end up profiling as the team's top pass catchers.
Matthews caught one of his six targets for six yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to New England.
Analysis: Despite being unable to connect much with Carson Wentz, Matthews saw the second-most and targets among Eagles wide receivers, second only to Nelson Agholor's nine. Matthews also saw 64 snaps, twice what J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins managed combined. With Alshon Jeffery (ankle) uncertain for Week 13 against the Seahawks, Matthews could see a similar workload for at least another game.
Matthews is active for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: With Alshon Jeffery (ankle) out of the lineup, his 6.9 targets per game are up for grabs. Having said that, the quartet of Nelson Agholor, Matthews, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside don't exactly inspire confidence. Matthews himself has logged just three offensive snaps this season in one appearance with the 49ers. In his previous stint with the Eagles last year, he hauled in 20 of 28 targets for 300 yards and two TDs in 14 contests.
Matthews (coach's decision) remains inactive for Sunday's Week 6 tilt against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The veteran receiver is apparently still in the process of mastering the 49ers' playbook, keeping him in street clothes for at least one more week.
Matthews (coach's decision) is expected to remain inactive Sunday against the Rams, Cam Inman of the East Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matthews signed with San Francisco during the team's Week 4 bye, but it appears he's still familiarizing himself with the playbook at this points.
Matthews (coach's decision) will not be available to debut with the 49ers on Monday.
Analysis: Matthews signed with the 49ers during their bye week. He is replacing Jalen Hurd (back) in the receiving corps. While the 27-year-old sports a decent resume, he is likely going to have to earn his way into a bigger role going forward.
The 49ers signed Matthews to a contract Thursday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Matthews is expected to replace rookie Jalen Hurd (back), who's headed to injured reserve, on the 53-man roster. The 27-year-old wideout boasts a decent resume and could have limited fantasy value in deep formats, but it's difficult to imagine him becoming a reliable weekly option.
Matthews worked out with the Vikings on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Vikings have just four healthy receivers led by Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, so they need the depth. Matthews has a decent history track record in the league, and he last played with the Eagles in 2018, hauling in 20 of 28 targets for 300 yards and two touchdowns. There's definitely fantasy upside in deeper leagues if Matthews can sign with the team.
Matthews was released by the 49ers on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the 49ers depth at wide receiver and the lack of guaranteed money ($300,000) attributed to Matthews' one-year contract. After two consecutive dismal seasons with the Bills and Eagles, respectively, it's unclear how much of a market the 27-year-old will have. It's also possible the 49ers could wind up bringing back Matthews at some point during the regular season, particularly since Dante Pettis (groin), Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot) have all missed time throughout the preseason with various injuries.
Matthews suited up but did not receive a target in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers.
Analysis: While Matthews didn't receive a target, he was used as a gunner on special teams, a role he hasn't had to serve in the NFL yet, but one he understands could help his chances to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The 27-year-old has only tallied three catches for 45 yards this preseason, but head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that his low volume is not a problem because the veteran is a "known quantity," according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. Matthews appears to be competing with Kendrick Bourne for one of the final receiving spots on the depth chart, but both could theoretically be kept if some combination Dante Pettis (groin), Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot) are unable to heal up prior to the start of the regular season.
Matthews left coach Kyle Shanahan with a good impression after training camp, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "[Matthews] had a hell of a camp," Shanahan said. "He was very consistent in OTAs and training camp. I've got a lot of confidence in Jordan and know we can win with him"
Analysis: It sounds like Matthews is on track for a roster spot, earning serious praise from Shanahan after working with the first-team offense in Monday's preseason win over Denver. The 49ers entered camp with eight viable candidates for jobs at wide receiver, but the competition eases up a bit with Trent Taylor (foot) looking doubtful for the start of the regular season. Matthews and Deebo Samuel may be battling for the No. 3 job behind Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin, though it's also possible Shanahan deploys a deeper rotation to keep a bunch of wide receivers involved. It'll be tough to get an exact read on the plan before Week 1.
Matthews caught his only target for a 12-yard gain during Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Matthews wasn't targeted until the second quarter, which isn't promising considering many of the team's key skill players weren't involved in the contest. He brought in the only ball sent his way, but getting him involved wasn't a priority for the offense. Matthews has a chance to make the team due to a lack of experience in the wideout ranks, but he'll need to make a greater impact next Monday against the Broncos to help make his case.
Matthews had his moments during June minicamp, facing decreased competition for reps with rookies Deebo Samuel (hip) and Jalen Hurd (knee) unavailable, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The rookies are expected to return for training camp, potentially putting Matthews on the roster bubble. His one-year, $2 million contract includes just $300,000 guaranteed, and he signed the deal before the 49ers used a second-round pick on Samuel and a third-round selection on Hurd. With Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and Richie James also in the mix, San Francisco has eight wide receivers that can make a solid case for a roster spot.
Matthews and Kendrick Bourne may compete for playing time at the Z receiver spot in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Matthews did his best work in the slot for Philadelphia, but he also has some experience outside and isn't lacking in size or speed. Shanahan is aiming for competition at each of the three receiver spots, with Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis battling at the X position while Trent Taylor and Richie James duke it out for slot work. The 39-year-old coach had good things to say about Matthews, but Shanahan also acknowledged the possibility of boosting his wide receiver group during the upcoming draft. Matthews may end up fighting just to keep his roster spot, as his one-year contract contains only $300,000 guaranteed, per overthecap.com. The quantity-over-quality approach creates a wide range of potential outcomes for each wide receiver.
The 49ers have reached an agreement to sign Matthews, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Matthews is joining a receiving corps chock full of holdovers, including Marquise Goodwin (calf), Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James and Trent Taylor. Since putting together three straight 800-plus yards seasons with the Eagles to begin his career, he's fallen short of that threshold, production-wise, between Buffalo and Philadelphia the past two years (582 yards in 24 games). Perhaps coach Kyle Shanahan noticed Matthews' peripherals during that stretch -- 70.3 percent catch rate and 9.1 YPT -- which indicate a salvageable player. Matthews will get an entire offseason to prove he's worthy of sticking in San Francisco for the 2019 campaign.
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