Paired together on the second team this summer, Eagles QB Mark Sanchez and WR Jordan Matthews became fast friends on the field. Sanchez targeted Matthews so often it became a running joke among some members of the media:
Without looking, you knew it was Sanchez to Matthews.
“We’re both extremely competitive guys and it was the situation coming into camp and OTAs that the way the reps were set we were going to be in there a lot with each other, so we both made it a point to go out there and work hard,” said Matthews. “He noticed something in me so he gave me a lot of opportunities and I knew, OK, I’m coming in here and I have a quarterback that trusts me and I have to make the most of the opportunities.”
“He’s just got a knack for finding the open zone in coverage, and if it’s man-to-man he is so competitive he wants to win every time. With that kind of drive and that kind of talent he has, that’s when you get a real special player,” said Sanchez. “He’s still developing, he’s still learning a ton and he’s getting to do that while he’s playing. It’s been good to watch. And it was cool to throw my first touchdown to him. That was pretty exciting.”
We've given Matthews a small bump now that Sanchez is under center based on the duo's excellent rapport during training camp.