Jordan Matthews still hasn’t been cleared for full contact in practice, but he’s been working behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition to regular season football in Week 1.
Matthews is limited in practice due to his non-contact status, but during special teams segments of practice he works on the side. After practice he goes an extra half hour putting in work. It all has him 100 percent confident his injured sternum will be fit for play on Sept. 10th against the Jets.
“I’m doing everything. I’m in shape,” Matthews said. “I’ve been going against the defense. I even had a couple of the DBs stay after practice and we just (worked on) releases. I had guys press me to see how I can get off the line. I feel I’m ready to go in those aspects. When it comes to preseason games like last week, if they haven’t seen me go to the ground yet, why risk it? That’s the biggest thing.”
Matthews said the area of pain, which was pretty much his entire upper torso, has been reduced considerably. The story added his catch radius is the same. HC Sean McDermott added he's cautiously optimistic Matthews will play, according to the story.