Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) runs the ball against the New England Patriots in the first half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-35. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Matthews was high on Gus Bradley's draft board

The Jacksonville Jaguars aggressively upgraded their passing attack with a strong 2014 NFL Draft, as they pulled two standout wide receivers in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson after they drafted franchise quarterback Blake Bortles. Although Bortles had an incredibly impressive preseason, the Jaguars are sticking by their initial plan to allow him to learn, though he could end up usurping Chad Henne at some point this season. For now, Lee and Robinson, who is still nursing an injury but will play this week, will work with Henne.

According to Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Ed Kracz of Calkins Media, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley sent some praise to an opposing rookie wide receiver, as he stated that he had Jordan Matthews high on his board during the draft. Matthews is renowned for his ridiculous drive and work ethic, and Bradley praised that by saying, “It just felt like he wanted to be great.”

Matthews has wowed the Eagles and many others with his intensity and play on the field during the offseason, as the versatile wideout (can play in the slot or on the outside) was excellent in offseason workouts. The SEC legend shows off precise route-running and plenty of speed, and he’s an ideal fit for the Eagles. After showing nerves in the team’s preseason opener, Matthews found his footing, and it will be interesting to see how he does in this week’s opener against Bradley and the Jaguars. Lee is my favorite rookie wideout of the trio, but Matthews has the best chance of making a rookie splash.

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