Matthews is the SEC’s all-time leader in career receptions (262) and yards receiving (3,759). He had 94 catches for 1,323 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior and followed it up with 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven TDs last season.
“I had a great interview and a great time up there meeting with the coaching staff and everybody. I got a really good vibe and it’s great to be on board,” Matthews said.
“The one thing he does is catch the ball in traffic,” Kelly said. “He made an unbelievable amount of contested catches. He’s got such a wing span and will go up and get it, and can play both inside and outside.”
Jackson, who was released in late March after the best season of his career, is only 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. He had trouble against bigger cornerbacks, but used his speed and elusiveness to be one of the top playmakers in the NFL.
“We see a ton of man coverage,” Kelly said. “I think people match up to us because of what we do and the speed and tempo that we play. If we’re going to see it a lot, how do you get guys that exploit that coverage? In a league where sometimes people put smaller guys in the slot, we wanted to put a bigger guy in there.”
“I’m hungry. Every opportunity I’ve ever had in football I had to go out and grind for it,” Matthews said. “Nothing was ever given to me, so when the ball is in the air, it’s mine so that’s my attitude whenever I go out on the field.”
Huff played for Kelly at Oregon. He had 62 catches for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Huff is considered a good blocker with an explosive burst. He also can bolster Philadelphia’s special teams as a returner.
The Eagles gave the Titans their second-round pick (No. 54) and a fourth-rounder (No. 122) for the 42nd pick. They traded the 83rd overall pick to Houston for a fourth-rounder (No. 101) and a fifth-rounder (141).