|Born:||July 16, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||212 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Madison (AL) Academy|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2019|
|Player stats at PFR|
Jordan Armand Matthews (born July 16, 1992) is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. He played college football at Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Early life and high school
Matthews was born on July 16, 1992, in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended Madison Academy where he lettered in football and basketball. As a senior at Madison Academy, Matthews led the football team to a 12-1 record. For his high school football career at Madison Academy, Matthews had 181 receptions, 3,218 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns.
Matthews was a three star recruit. Auburn began recruiting Matthews during his junior year of high school when Phillip Lolley, the director of Football External Operations at the time, called the Matthewses. Matthews was planning to walk on at Auburn before receiving an offer from Vanderbilt. Matthews received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson on Christmas Eve in 2009 after wide receiver prospect and eventual Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby de-committed from Vanderbilt. Matthews only received scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Kansas, Tulane, Arkansas St., and Jacksonville St. Matthews committed to Vanderbilt on December 26, 2009.
As a true freshman at Vanderbilt, Matthews had 15 receptions for 181 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. As a sophomore in 2011, he had 41 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns. Matthews was included in the 2012 Biletnikoff Award Watch List. As a junior in 2012, Matthews was a first team All-SEC selection and was named third team All-America by Phil Steele and CBSSportsline. He finished the season with 94 receptions for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns.
Matthews was included on the 2013 Maxwell Award Watch List and the 2013 CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy Watch List. As a senior in 2013, Matthews was again a first-team All-SEC selection. He would also be named a first-team All-American by USA Today, Athlon, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, and the Associated Press. During the season, he set the all-time SEC record for career receptions and career receiving yards. Matthews also was a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and won the 2013 CFPA Elite Wide Receiver Trophy. On November 16, 2013, Matthews was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week. In his final college game, he was the MVP of the 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl after recording five receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season with 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. Matthews' 112 receptions in 2013 set the SEC record for most receptions in a single season. Amari Cooper broke this record a year later with 124 receptions.
Matthews graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in economics.
2014 NFL Draft
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 3 1⁄8 in
|33 1⁄4 in
|10 3⁄8 in
|4.46 s||1.55 s||2.61 s||4.18 s||6.95 s||35.5 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
On May 27, 2014, Matthews signed with the team for a four-year deal. He scored his first and second career touchdowns in a Week 3 matchup against the Washington Redskins. In a Monday Night Football matchup in Week 10, he caught 7 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers. He finished the season with 67 catches for 872 yards and eight touchdowns.
Matthews started his second year in the NFL with a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He had 10 receptions for 102 yards in the 26-24 loss. On October 8, against the Dallas Cowboys, Matthews had nine receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown. On December 20, against the Arizona Cardinals, Matthews had eight receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown. On January 3, 2016, in the regular season finale against the New York Giants, Matthews had his only multi-touchdown game of the season. In the 35-30 victory, he had seven receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns. On the season, he had 85 receptions for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.
With rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, Matthews started his third year in the NFL with a game against the Cleveland Browns. He had seven receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown in the 29-10 victory. The season opener would be Matthew's best game of the season as he would fail to break 100 receiving yards again on the season. Against the Dallas Cowboys on October 30, he had a season-high 11 receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown in the 29-23 loss. On the season, he had 73 receptions for a career-low 804 yards and a career-low three touchdowns.
On September 10, Matthews made his debut as a member of the Buffalo Bills. He had two receptions for 61 yards in the 21–12 victory over the New York Jets. Matthews caught his first touchdown with the Bills during a 23-17 upset win over the defending NFC Champions Atlanta Falcons, but fractured his right thumb during the game. He was expected to be out for a month following surgery, but returned against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three weeks after his injury. He was placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017 with a knee injury. He finished the 2017 season with career-lows with 25 receptions for 282 yards and one touchdown.
New England Patriots
On April 5, 2018, Matthews signed a one year contract with the New England Patriots worth $1 million, with $300,000 guaranteed. However, on August 1, 2018, he was released by the Patriots with an injury settlement following a hamstring injury that he suffered three days prior during training camp.
Philadelphia Eagles (second stint)
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Matthews on September 19, 2018, to help with an injury-depleted receiving corps. In Week 4, against the Tennessee Titans, he recorded a 56-yard receiving touchdown for his first touchdown in his return to Philadelphia. Matthews finished the season with 20 catches for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, and had 1 catch for 37 yards and a touchdown in 2 playoff games.
San Francisco 49ers
On March 14, 2019, Matthews signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. He was released by the 49ers during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019. He was re-signed on October 3, 2019, but was released again on October 26.
Philadelphia Eagles (third stint)
San Francisco 49ers (second stint)
On December 11, 2019, Matthews was signed by the San Francisco 49ers. Although he did not play in the 49ers playoff run, the team appeared in Super Bowl LIV but they lost 31-20 to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Matthews is married to Washington Spirit soccer player Cheyna Williams, who also attended Vanderbilt before graduating from Florida State University. The couple have one son together. Matthews is a Christian.
On July 7, 2018, Matthews hosted his second Vanderbilt Legends Charity Softball Game at Vanderbilt's Hawkins Field. The proceeds from the event benefited YWCA and AMEND Together, two organizations that fight domestic violence. The event included a home run derby and a softball game with teams composed of former Vanderbilt athletes. The event is a part of Matthews' foundation called Matthews Mission.
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