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Jordan Armand Matthews (born July 16, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Jordan Matthews
No. 81 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1992-07-16) July 16, 1992 (age 27)
Huntsville, Alabama
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Madison (AL) Academy
College:Vanderbilt
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2012, 2013)
  • First Team All-America WR (2013)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:270
Receiving yards:3,255
Receiving touchdowns:22
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and high schoolEdit

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.[1] For his high school football career at Madison Academy, Matthews had 181 receptions, 3,218 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns.[2]

RecruitingEdit

Matthews was a three star recruit.[3][4] 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.[5] Matthews was planning to walk on at Auburn before receiving an offer from Vanderbilt.[1] 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.[6] Matthews committed to Vanderbilt on December 26, 2009.[7]

College careerEdit

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.[8] 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.[8][9] 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.[8] As a senior in 2013, Matthews was again a first-team All-SEC selection.[10] He would also be named a first-team All-American by USA Today,[11] Athlon,[12] 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.[13][14] Matthews also was a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and won the 2013 CFPA Elite Wide Receiver Trophy.[15] On November 16, 2013, Matthews was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week.[8] 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.[16][17] 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[18] with 124 receptions.[19]

For his collegiate career, Matthews had 262 receptions for 3,759 yards,[20] both marks serving as both SEC and school records. His 24 career touchdowns are also the best in school history.

Matthews graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in economics.[21]

Professional careerEdit

2014 NFL DraftEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 3 18 in
(1.91 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 38 in
(0.26 m)
4.46 s 1.55 s 2.61 s 4.18 s 6.95 s 35.5 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Matthews in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 42nd overall pick. The Eagles traded up 12 spots in order to draft him.[22]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

2014 seasonEdit

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.[23]

2015 seasonEdit

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.[24] On October 8, against the Dallas Cowboys, Matthews had nine receptions for 133 yards and one touchdown.[25] On December 20, against the Arizona Cardinals, Matthews had eight receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown.[26] 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.[27] On the season, he had 85 receptions for 997 yards and eight touchdowns.[28]

2016 seasonEdit

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.[29] 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.[30] On the season, he had 73 receptions for a career-low 804 yards and a career-low three touchdowns.[31]

Buffalo BillsEdit

2017 seasonEdit

On August 11, 2017, the Eagles traded Matthews, along with a 2018 third round pick, to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby.[32]

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.[33] 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.[34][35] He was placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017 with a knee injury.[36] He finished the 2017 season with career-lows with 25 receptions for 282 yards and one touchdown.[37]

New England PatriotsEdit

On April 5, 2018, Matthews signed a one year contract with the New England Patriots worth $1 million, with $300,000 guaranteed.[38][39] 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.[38][40]

Philadelphia Eagles (second stint)Edit

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Matthews on September 19, 2018, to help with an injury-depleted receiving corps.[41] In Week 4, against the Tennessee Titans, he recorded a 56-yard receiving touchdown for his first touchdown in his return to Philadelphia.[42]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On March 14, 2019, Matthews signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.[43]

On August 31, 2019, Matthews was released by the 49ers on final roster cut down day. [44] He was re-signed on October 3, 2019.[45]

Personal lifeEdit

Matthews' parents are Brenda and Rod Matthews. He has one brother, Justin. Matthews is related to Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, as his mother is Rice's cousin.[46] Matthews is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.[47] Matthews is married to Washington Spirit soccer player Cheyna Williams, who also attended Vanderbilt before graduating from Florida State University.

CharityEdit

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.[48]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2014 PHI 16 10 67 872 13.0 44 8
2015 PHI 16 12 85 997 11.7 78 8
2016 PHI 14 13 73 803 11.0 54 3
2017 BUF 10 7 25 282 11.3 47 1
2018 PHI 14 3 20 300 15.0 56 2
Career 70 45 270 3,255 12.1 78 22

ReferencesEdit

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