5 players who impressed the most during 49ers’ 2019 OTAs

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 23: Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

No. 4: Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews

Heading into OTAs, one might have guessed the 49ers’ free-agent pickup, wide receiver Jordan Matthews, was on the roster bubble.

After all, Matthews was brought aboard on just a one-year deal, and are still plenty of faces at his position with whom Matthews will compete for a roster spot. And after two down years with the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 and 2018, respectively, Matthews was likely facing an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster in Week 1.

Each week during practices, however, Matthews seemed to be a player catching the eyes of the media. On one particular touchdown, Matthews rather hilariously tossed the football accidentally into the players’ parking lot, where it hit a car, according to The Athletic’s Matt Barrows.

So, maybe Matthews won’t be playing quarterback anytime soon. As a receiver, though, Matthews certainly seems to be asserting himself.

Simply put, few players on San Francisco’s roster increased their stock values as much as Matthews did during this three-week period.

Good sign for him moving forward.

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