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.
No one has heard a peep on Jordan Matthews when he's basically outperformed every WR who was on the market in nearly every area of the field, with arguably the worst QB play, and high volume. pic.twitter.com/YfammBOQxE— #TeamProductiveWR (@ChristipherBean) March 16, 2018
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.