The 49ers have added their offense by signing former Eagles recipient Jordan Matthews.
Matthews at 6 feet 3 and 215 pounds could be the bulk body receiver the team was looking for. In his five seasons in the NFL, Matthew spent time with Philadelphia, Buffalo and a low season with the Patriots.
The Patriots deposed Matthews following a significant thigh injury during the 2018 off-season. He was later signed by the Eagles, where he appeared in 14 games.
Matthews has 270 career receptions for 3,255 yards and 22 touchdowns. The majority of these touchdowns came from the red, an area that was a challenge to coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.
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After signing with the team, Matthews talked about why he opted for the 49ers.
"I had a great interest in wanting to be in a place like this," Matthews said. "It has everything you want, as far as the culture of the team is concerned, a young, dynamic quarterback in Jimmy (Garoppolo). As a recipient you could not wish for a better situation. "
Matthews also has a unique connection to the team because he is the cousin of Hall of Fame's broad receiver, Jerry Rice. He remembered going to San Francisco when he was very young but did not remember much.
When Matthews returned to the Bay Area a second time, it was a Raiders game when Rice was a member of the team. Matthews remembers wearing a 49er hat for this Raiders Broncos game.
Coach Kyle Shanahan has always said that the size of the recipient is not as important as their ability to open. Matthews believes this is one of the reasons why the team signed him.
"I feel like I'm doing three things really well," Matthews said. "I'll open, I'll catch the ball and block in the running game. I feel like whenever I'm able to make games, I go out and do them.
"Last year, when I returned to Philly, there were opportunities out there that they gave me, and every time they gave me a chance, I made sure that I benefited from it."
The 49ers were on Matthews radar for a while. He talked about what he saw from the review corps and how it made San Francisco an attractive landing pad.
"I watch movies and see people like Trent Taylor have a great year (as a beginner). Kendrick Bourne can improve his game in a short time. Even tight end. Look at what (George) Kittle could do and how they got him into space.
"Marquise Goodwin is a player I've seen for a long time. When he came here, it seemed his career had really come. And so I feel like they're doing a lot of things, just to get guys into the open space, and I'm proud of that. I will open myself. I will catch the ball. I will help the team to victory.
Matthews missed out on the field due to an injury but was convinced that he is currently healthy.
"I'm fine," Matthews said. "I feel as good as in the league. This whole place is now electric. When you enter the building, you can say that there is a lot of excitement around the 49ers.
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Matthews unites with ex-teammate Miles Austin, who now belongs to the coaching staff of the 49ers. The two played together in 2015 as members of the Eagles.
"I told Austin I feel like I'm going to walk around here again," Matthews said. "I'm looking forward to going to work, getting to know the guys in the locker room and trying to build a successful culture."