Jordan Matthews

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #81
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #81

Jordan Matthews News

Heads back to practice squad

Matthews reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transactions report.

Analysis: Matthews played four snaps on special teams Week 8. The 2014 second-round pick has recently reinvented himself as a tight end, but he hasn't drawn a target since his time with the Eagles back in 2019.

Nov 2, 2021 5:04 AM EST

Elevated from practice squad

Matthews has been elevated from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's tilt with the Bears, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Matthews is set to see his first game action of the season, after joining the 49ers' practice squad earlier in the month. He'll provide depth at tight end behind Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley.

Oct 30, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Joining 49ers practice squad

Matthews was added to the 49ers practice squad Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old failed to make a roster spot with the team after the preseason, being cut Aug. 31. He's reinvented himself as a tight end this season and now will look to compete for a reserve spot behind George Kittle.

Oct 5, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Fails to win roster spot

The 49ers cut Matthews on Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 2014 second-round pick is in the process of reinventing himself as a tight end. Matthews could still end up on the San Francisco practice squad, where he'd have time to develop before eventually competing for a depth role behind George Kittle.

Aug 31, 2021 12:44 PM EST

Signs with San Fran

Matthews agreed to a deal with the 49ers on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Matthews suited up for five games over the previous two seasons in San Francisco, but this time he will be looking to make the team as a tight end. The veteran pass catcher put on 15 pounds over the offseason in an effort to make the transition. The 2014 second-round pick will compete to earn a spot providing depth behind George Kittle.

Jul 30, 2021 6:32 PM EST

Moving to tight end

Matthews has put on about 15 pounds in an effort to transition to tight end, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Matthews appeared in five NFL games over the past two seasons, unable to earn regular snaps despite playing for teams (Philadelphia, San Francisco) that were sorely in need of help at wide receiver. The 2014 second-round pick started his NFL career with three consecutive 800-yard seasons, but he's now approaching his 29th birthday (July 16) and doesn't appear to have a future in the league as a wide receiver. Matthews hopes to generate some interest with his move to tight end, and he's already bulked up to 236.5 pounds, about 10-20 below the typical weight for an NFL starter at the position. He's currently a free agent, and isn't likely to be ready for significant playing time at tight end early in season. A practice squad spot seems more likely than a roster spot.

Jul 14, 2021 8:40 AM EST

Lowered to practice squad

Matthews reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Matthews suited up in each of the 49ers' final two games, logging 14 total snaps on offense but failing to receive a target. It's unclear if he'll stick around with the 49ers during the offseason. If he does, we shouldn't expect much, as Matthews has played in just five games over the past two seasons.

Jan 5, 2021 12:51 PM EST

Rejoins active roster

Matthews was elevated to the 49ers' active roster Saturday, David Lombardi of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Matthews was originally sent back down to the practice squad after logging six special teams snaps in Week 16 against the Cardinals, but he's getting the call to return to the active roster for the team's season finale as well. Fellow receivers Brandon Aiyuk (ankle) and Deebo Samuel (hamstring) have already been ruled out.

Jan 2, 2021 3:53 PM EST

Heads back to practice squad

Matthews reverted to the 49ers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: The 2014 second-round pick collected six snaps in his season debut Saturday against the Cardinals, with all of his involvement coming in the special-teams department. Matthews remains without a catch since Nov. of 2019, as he transitions back into a practice squad role.

Dec 28, 2020 5:53 PM EST

Elevated from practice squad

Matthews was promoted to the 49ers' active roster from the practice squad Friday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Analysis: The 28-year-old rejoined San Francisco's practice squad earlier this week and will move to the active roster ahead of Saturday's matchup with Arizona. Matthews will provide depth at wide receiver with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) sidelined and Trent Taylor (undisclosed) on the COVID-19 list.

Dec 25, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Joins SF's practice squad

Matthews signed with San Francisco's practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Matthews spent time on the 49ers' practice squad earlier this season but was cut earlier this month. Expectations will be low in his return considering he has spent the better part of the last two seasons with the organization and is yet to catch a pass.

Dec 23, 2020 11:27 AM EST

Cut from practice squad

Matthews was released from the team's practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Matthews will now be eligible to sign with another team looking for some extra depth at wideout. He was not active for a single contest with San Francisco this season.

Dec 8, 2020 8:17 PM EST

No receptions in 2019

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.

Feb 24, 2020 9:12 PM EST

Not active Saturday

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.

Jan 11, 2020 12:22 PM EST

Not playing Saturday

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.

Dec 21, 2019 4:11 PM EST

Back with Niners

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.

Dec 11, 2019 11:39 AM EST

Let go by Philly

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.

Nov 25, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Likely to start Week 12

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.

Nov 24, 2019 9:22 AM EST

Targeted six times in loss

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.

Nov 18, 2019 7:13 PM EST

Deemed active Sunday

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.

Nov 17, 2019 12:11 PM EST

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