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Bleeding Green Nation on new Buffalo Bills receiver Jordan Matthews

August 12th, 2017 at 10:09 AM
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After the initial shock of yesterday’s trades wore off, it was time to start finding out about the newest members of the Buffalo Bills. We reached out to Bleeding Green Nation‘s Brandon Gowtin for some insight into Jordan Matthews, the guy who will be taking Sammy Watkins’ place on the depth chart in 2017.

1) The Bills have three guys who would seemingly be bound for the slot on other teams. Is Matthews capable of playing on the outside, and how has he done there in the past?

Matthews almost exclusively played in the slot during the first two years of his career in 2014 and 2015. That changed a little bit last year. In 2016, he “only” played in the slot for 67.1% of Philadelphia’s offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Matthews was targeted 40 times when not playing in the slot. He had 20 receptions for 222 yards (11.1 average) in those situations. Not very impressive.

It seems telling that the Eagles didn’t use Matthews in a more extensive role on the outside when they really lacked ample talent at that spot last season. To me, if he could play outside in the NFL, he would have been used that way by now. It’s not like he’s been blocked by talent ahead of him in that position.

2) What are his biggest strengths?

You know, I don’t …

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Tags: Bleeding Green Nation, Buffalo Bills, Eagles, I posed this question on Twitter earlier this offseason, I wrote an entire article about why Matthews’ statistics are inflated, Jordan Matthews, Pro Football Focus, Sammy Watkins

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