The Anti-DeSean: Eagles trade up in Round 2, select WR Jordan Matthews

The Anti-DeSean: Eagles trade up in Round 2, select WR Jordan Matthews

For better or worse, the Philadelphia Eagles dug their own hole at wide receiver with the release of DeSean Jackson. On Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, they began to fill it.

The Eagles traded up 12 spots with the Tennessee Titans to select Jordan Matthews, a highly productive wide receiver out of Vanderbilt. And whether the decision to dump Jackson was about football as the organization has attempted to claim, or it was due to the three-time Pro Bowler’s attitude problems and off-field concerns, Matthews has the Birds covered.

At 6’3”, 212 pounds, Matthews provides a bigger, stronger target for quarterback Nick Foles, but with a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, doesn’t sacrifice too much in the way of speed. However, he's also described as a team captain and a professional, words you would leave off of Jackson's resume.

Here’s the scouting report via NFL.com:

Strengths

Good length. Big zone target. Good form as a route runner. Sinks his hips and pops out of breaks. Concentrates, tracks and adjusts. Soft hands and sticky fingers. Has leaping ability to compete in the air. Opens up his stride in the clear and shows nice long speed. Good field awareness. Gives effort as a blocker. Competes and plays with intensity. Tough and intelligent. Lined up outside and inside and has punt-return experience. Team captain and four-year starter with record-setting production.

Weaknesses

Could stand to bulk up his frame. Adequate line release. Fairly linear. Not a quick-twitch athlete. Does not show elite explosion to separate vertically. Lets some throws into his body and is not immune to concentration drops. Limited creativity and elusiveness after the catch. Can be moody and has some diva in him.

Matthews posted big numbers against SEC competition, leading the conference in receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,477) as a senior. Over his final two seasons alone, he hauled in 206 passes for 2,800 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Eagles traded their fourth-round pick—No. 122 overall—to the Tennessee Titans, jumping from No. 54 to No.42 to select Matthews. Given they already added an extra third-round pick in the Day 1 swap with the Cleveland Browns, the price does not seem too steep at all.

Given the lack of depth at receiver behind Jeremy Maclin, who’s coming off an ACL injury, and Riley Cooper, an adequate No. 2 at best, Matthews should be able to carve out a role in the offense immediately.

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

Eagles sign former third-round guard Dallas Thomas

The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract. 

Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.  

In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015. 

Thomas (6-5, 315 pounds) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing against the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016. 

In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries. 

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]