Let’s give Jordan Matthews a big Philadelphia welcome when he returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon.
And we’ll also give one to Frank Reich, the offensive coordinator who helped deliver a Super Bowl and took the Indy coaching gig this offseason.
Those were two topics at Doug Pederson’s Wednesday press conference, which also included injury updates on Darren Sproles, Jay Ajayi, Mike Wallace, and Jason Peters.
Notes after the jump:
- Jordan Matthews “looked good” in his workout and is healthy. They’ll work him this week and try to get him in the mix for Sunday.
- Doug didn’t want to get into slot vs. inside and outside because “we move our guys around a lot.” Admits that Matthews has primarily been a slot receiver for his career but they’ll see where they can fit him in.
- Nelson Agholor has been effective both as an inside and outside guy. “Moving him around has been beneficial for us.”
- Matthews is familiar with the offense, the coaching staff, and quarterback. “It’s just a matter of catching him up.”
- Carson Wentz had no influence on the decision to sign Matthews
- no issues with Matthews’ hamstring, which he injured in the preseason and resulted in his release from the Patriots
- have to be cognizant of Frank Reich returning to Philadelphia as someone who knows the Eagles offense, but it also goes both ways because Reich uses Philly concepts with his Colts offense
- Darren Sproles is day to day, as is Jay Ajayi, though Sproles is “further away” in terms of getting back on the field
- Doug talked “a lot” with Frank Reich during training camp, called to congratulate him last week for getting his first win as a head coach (over the Redskins)
- Jason Peters is expected to play this week
- Mike Wallace is not done for the season but is week to week*
- Eagles will “be smart” with Josh Adams if he’s called upon to play on Sunday
- Matthews was a great leader and hard worker, played a role in establishing what the Eagles have today in terms of culture
- Andrew Luck, on film, “looks like he’s improving each and every week and getting strong and stronger.”
*The Eagles now have Wallace, Richard Rodgers, and Mack Hollins on IR. They can only pull two players off reserve, so one of those guys is done for the year.