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Jordan Matthews an Underrated Free Agents the New Orleans Saints Should Pursue

It would make sense for both parties.

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After missing out on pass-catchers like Jimmy Graham, Jordy Nelson, Trey Burton and Virgil Green, the New Orleans Saiints are still lacking a slot receiver and #3 receiving option behind Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

One name still available? Former Philadelphia Eagle and Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews.

Bleacher Report recently named a few available free agents that would qualify as either “overrated” or “underrated.” Matthews? Incredibly underrated.

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews started his career catching eight touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons. He registered 67 or more receptions in all three seasons with the Eagles.

Philadelphia traded Matthews to the Buffalo Bills where he became a non-factor. The young wideout struggled with knee and ankle injuries before going on injured reserve in December. The 25-year-old underwent surgery to correct his ailments.

Don’t forget to factor in the Bills’ conservative offense with Tyrod Taylor under center. Matthews landed in a spot that failed to allow him to blossom as a pass-catcher, and of course his numbers dropped in Buffalo (25 receptions, 282 yards, one touchdown).

Now searching for a new destination, teams should pounce on his upside after successful surgery. Matthews isn’t a No. 1 option, but he’s a reliable pass-catcher who moves the chains and is worth a look as a complement to a speedy receiver.

A few other names in the piece? Former Saints RB Adrian Peterson is overrated; another possible Saints target OLB/DE Lamarr Houston is underrated; and another possible Saints target DT Bennie Logan is overrated.