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What does WR Jordan Matthews bring to Patriots offense?

Ryan Hannable
April 06, 2018 - 10:23 am

The Patriots' wide receivers group looks a lot different now than it did at the end of last season.

Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks are gone, but they get Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell back, as well as a newcomer in Jordan Matthews, who reportedly will sign a one-year deal with the team.

Everyone knows what Edelman and Mitchell can do, but what about Matthews?

Matthews was a 2014 second-round pick by the Eagles before being traded to the Bills prior to last season. He lines up primarily out of the slot and had his best seasons in Philadelphia, finishing with over 800 yards receiving in each of his three seasons there.

In Buffalo last year, he had 25 catches for 282 yards and a touchdown, but it is worth noting he battled knee, ankle and thumb injuries and only played in 10 games.

At 6-foot-3, he isn't a typical slot receiver for the Patriots as they typically aren't that tall, so perhaps the Patriots move him to the outside, but he does have the quickness to work inside. As it relates to the Patriots offense, he could line up in a lot of the spots Amendola did.

Before they even get on the field, it seems like the depth chart has Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and then Matthews, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt, with two of the three likely making the team. Of course a lot can change between now and the start of the season with potential injuries always being in play.

The Patriots have had a ton of success of late getting the most out of former Bills players and they hope Matthews is the next.