Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews will start against the Indianapolis Colts at home on Sunday.
Matthews was named to the Pro Bowl, and he will get his first start since being selected first overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Matthews’ role in the Eagles offense was already solid enough in the preseason when he started four of five games at wide receiver for the first time.
The former fourth-round pick was a mainstay in the offense, receiving the first six receptions of the season in the first preseason game.
Matthews finished with five catches for 66 yards, but he also returned one kick for a touchdown.
He caught three passes for 45 yards in the second preseason game and one touchdown in the third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Matthews will be in for his first NFL start, as he had only one reception in two preseason games before Sunday.
It’s a big week for Matthews.
He’s been limited in the past with a hip injury.
Matthews played one game in Week 7 with a foot injury, and his return date was pushed back to Nov. 14 due to a calf injury.
He’s going to have to show some improvement in the short term to have any chance of being an impact player in Philadelphia’s offense, but his return could give him a chance to earn a starting role in Philadelphia.
Matthews is a great punt returner, and the Eagles have a very good receiver corps in the backfield.
Matthews and tight end Jordan Reed are the team’s top two receiving threats, with the third player, tight end Zach Ertz, returning punts for touchdowns in the 2017 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys.