The wide receiver Jordan Matthews reportedly will become the latest ex-Buffalo Bill to join the New England Patriots team.
The Patriots is slated to sign WR Matthews to a one-year contract deal, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday, April 5th.
Matthews came to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on a free-agent visit earlier this week. The 25-year-old wideout was landed by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. The wide receiver caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards with 19 touchdowns in three seasons prior to being traded to the Buffalo Bills last offseason.
Matthews is Vanderbilt’s all-time leading wide receiver but he struggled in the National Football League for the first time this recent season. Matthews only played in 10 games last year due to injuries. Matthews also had a career low in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in the past season. But in his time with the Philly, Matthews had at least 800 receiving yards and 65-catches in all three seasons in the league.
Moreover, Matthews caught just 25 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown in 10 games in the most recent season, so the Patriots are seemingly acquiring low on the former starter.
Matthews will be joining star Julian Edelman alongside Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Matthew Slater, Riley McCarron and Cody Hollister on the New England’s wide receiver depth chart.
Matthews will compete for the No. 3 position behind Edelman and Hogan. The Patriots traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams earlier this week. Matthews could replace Danny Amendola as the Patriots’ slot wide receiver while Edelman and Hogan work outside the center. Hogan alongside running back Mike Gillislee and cornerback Stephon Gilmore also are former Bills professional American football players.
Schefter added that Matthews is 100 percent healthy, which should be good news for the Pats. Matthews will be a solid addition to the team’s powerhouse offense.
The Patriots recently moved Brandin Cooks for a first-rounder selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. The New England also saw wide receiver Danny Amendola leave in free agency, meaning that Matthews should have a huge of opportunities with the Patriots in the 2018-19 NFL season.
New England has appeared in the last two Super Bowls and has made the postseason playoffs every year since the 2008-09 NFL season.