Matthews impresses teammates in camp

Before the Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Chicago to face the Bears in their preseason opener, All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy was already impressed with one of their rookies.

"That rookie we got, Matthews, is looking real good," McCoy told CSNPhilly.com. "I think there's been a lot of talk about this draft class being deep at wide receiver, but I'm real confident in this one being the best one out of that class."

The Eagles selected Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews with the No. 42 overall pick in the second round. They traded up 12 spots to grab him.

Matthews caught 262 passes for 3,759 yards in four seasons at Vanderbilt and compiled 112 catches last season.

"I mean, it's still early and you've got to go through the season and see how he does," McCoy said. "But he looks amazing."

Matthews should get quite a large amount of snaps through the preseason and into the regular season.

Through training camp, he has performed at a high level.

"Rookies, don't want to put too much pressure on him, and he doesn't have too much pressure because we have myself and other guys doing a lot of the load," McCoy said. "But the kid, from being 6-3, can run like a deer, he's strong and physical, he works extremely hard, and that's all you can ask for from a player like that and I'm sure he'll do some damage. Not a lot of pressure on him. He's not the No. 1 receiver, so he doesn't have to do that, but just when he's called on to make plays."

Hearing such high praise from McCoy was pleasing to Matthews. It won't change how he works on a daily basis.

"It feels good because a guy like LeSean, he's not just gonna just say things that you're like, 'OK, it's whatever,'" Matthews told CSNPhilly.com. "The biggest thing he takes pride in for himself, you watch him come out here, he practices so hard. ... He wants to make sure everybody else is accountable, too. So for him to compliment me in that way, it means a lot. But it also tells me I've got to continue to come out here and put that product on the field because I want my teammates to think that of me."