PHILADELPHIA – With wide receiver DeSean Jackson out by the end of the regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles turn to a familiar face for help. The team re-signs veteran Jordan Mathews, a source confirmed on Wednesday.
This marks the third step in Philadelphia for Mathews, the Eagles' second round in 2014. He played his first three seasons in Fili before being traded to the Buffalo Bills, only to return next year in 2018.
The news of Mathews' return was first reported by NFL Network.
He spent the beginning of this season with the San Francisco 49ers, where he appeared in a single game before being released in late October.
Matthews has a strong relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz and familiarity with coach Doug Pederson's system, which should make for a quick re-qualification.
While he will make sense of the security of the Wentz table, Mathews is not a natural replacement for Jackson, who underwent surgery to repair a tummy tear on Tuesday. The Eagles lack a deep threat and Mathews is more of a receiver of possession who works most effectively outside the slot – a position currently occupied by Nelson Aholor.
But the receiving housing needs a boost in production by any means. can get it. The 27-year-old Mathews has 270 catches for 3 255 yards and 22 touchdowns during his career, though he has not exceeded 300 yards in the 2016 season.