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.
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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.