Matthews says ‘two really bad diagnoses’ left him with knee, ankle problems before joining the Bills

Jordan Matthews said Tuesday on Sirius NFL Radio that "two really bad diagnoses" by the Philadelphia Eagles' medical staff caused him to join the Buffalo Bills in a trade last August with lingering knee and ankle damage that wasn't surgically repaired until December. And that was in addition to two other ailments that he developed last season: an injured thumb on which he underwent surgery in October and a chest injury. "I think the worst and most frustrating thing about the whole situation was, when I got to Buffalo, I was still dealing with the things that I had to get surgery on," said Matthews, who was part of a deal that sent cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles. "But I had two really bad diagnoses on the knee and the ankle, so going into the trade, I thought they were both things that were going to heal on their own. But once I got around Buffalo's doctors, they got me in touch with the right people and then I got really good feedback. "We ended up finding out there were other things that I was dealing with, so the thumb was definitely upsetting, the chest was upsetting. But what's crazy was when they ended up doing my surgery on my knee, they actually told me that, 'Man, it's a good thing that you didn't play more games, you didn't practice more, because you needed to come here and get this procedure done as soon as possible.' So, if anything, it was a blessing in disguise. I don't regret any of the times that happen. I think it honestly has just made me a stronger person, it's going to make me a better player." Matthews was limited to 10 games and proved to be a non-factor for a team that never found the help at receiver it needed after trading away Sammy Watkins. Matthews caught only 25 passes for 282 yards and a touchdown. "It didn't kind of work out exactly how we wanted to," he said. "And I think, honestly, where I was going into free agency, especially because I had to go into free agency, everybody more so with me was like, 'Let's kind of just see Continue Reading

Daily Drive Podcast: Should the Bills re-sign Jordan Matthews

In Wednesday's [BN] Blitz Daily Drive podcast, Paul Peck & Kevin Sylvester of Buffalo Sports Page discuss free agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Should the Bills re-sign him, or let him leave in free agency? 0:00 Bills wide receiver position 2:15  What the Bills need to add at receiver 3:15  Re-signing Jordan Matthews 5:15  Does Matthews have a role on the Bills? 7:00 The Bills need at receiver and Jarvis Landry 9:00 Two-Minute Drill:  Should Jordan Matthews be re-signed? Continue Reading

Bills WR Jordan Matthews marries soccer star Cheyna Williams

Jordan Poyer wasn't the only Buffalo Bills player named Jordan to get married over the weekend.  Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews married Washington Spirit striker Cheyna Williams in Nashville, Tenn. They met at Vanderbilt University. Williams transferred to Florida State and helped the Seminoles with a national title in 2014 before she was selected No. 7 overall in the 2016 National Women's Soccer League draft. Matthews remained at Vanderbilt and was drafted by the Eagles in 2014 before being traded to the Bills last year. He was injured for much of the season and will be a free agent next month. Queen: noun l \ ˈkwēn \ a : a woman eminent in rank, power, or attractions In a sentence: I have my Queen now. — Jordan Matthews (@jmattjmattjmatt) February 20, 2018 Continue Reading

New-look Eagles carry on in earnest without Jordan Matthews

Six years ago, Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, who owned a title, general manager, with more clarity and far fewer words at the time, was accused of playing “fantasy football” by disgruntled cornerback Asante Samuel.Friday’s decision to trade wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round draft pick to Buffalo for cornerback Ronald Darby seemed on the surface like just such a move, one that might not take into account the intangibles lost by jettisoning an ultra-popular player like Matthews, who is instrumental in building a winning culture.The difference between the fantasy football complaint of 2011 and today is that there was no similar outrage expressed by any of the players about a squad that, for better or worse, will have a new look and feel with Matthews suddenly out of the picture.Yes, there was shock. Yes, there was sadness.No, a revolt was not forthcoming.The Eagles began in earnest on Saturday, with a long, full-contact practice in pads that started just 33 hours after they took them off following their preseason opener in Buffalo, to put the Jordan Matthews era behind them.“Sometimes,” safety Chris Maragos said, “when you face adversity, you find different ways to do things and you can overcome them.”Though Matthews was respected and beloved by all, his former teammates are doing all they can to carry on.“It’s the middle of camp,” safety Malcolm Jenkins added. “So a lot of it is somber. I mean, we’re less than 48 hours from a game, guys are a little bit sore. You’re either happy or disappointed in the way you performed, didn’t win the game and then you lose somebody in the locker room like Jordan Matthews and then you get a two-hour, 40-minute practice in full pads, live. So yeah … definitely down today. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to kind of fight through.”Quarterback Carson Wentz Continue Reading

Eagles trade Jordan Matthews to Bills for CB Ronald Darby

PHILADELPHIA — The speculation that Jordan Matthews could be traded turned into reality on Friday, when the Eagles dealt their starting wide receiver to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. The Eagles also surrendered a 2018 third-round pick, paying a steep price to try to rectify shortcomings at cornerback.Darby, 23, was a 2015 second-round pick by the Bills who started 29 games the last two seasons. He has two career interceptions and 33 passes defended. The Florida State product is 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds and instantly upgrades the Eagles' secondary; he will start at cornerback. He also has two years remaining on his contract, which was part of his appeal to the Eagles.Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, didn't think there would be opportunities this summer to find a young, starting outside cornerback who was not a pending free agent. That made him willing to pay the price.“It goes to the player that we got, the position that we're acquiring, and how difficult it is to find those guys,” Roseman said.But the Eagles had to move on from Matthews, who arrived in 2014 and has been productive since day one. In three seasons, Matthews, 25, totaled 225 catches, 2,673 receiving yards, and 19 touchdowns. He was the team's top receiver the last two years and is respected in the locker room for his work ethic and character.“Hard to pull the trigger on a trade like that when you're giving up that kind of player and person,” Roseman said.Multiple Eagles sent messages on social media about Matthews' departure, including quarterback Carson Wentz, who wrote “couldn't ask for a better teammate & friend.” Tight end Zach Ertz wrote, “honestly don't think a teammate had a bigger impact on my life.”Matthews is a free agent at the end of the season, and his name has been in trade rumors since the combine in March. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former Eagles scout, left Continue Reading

[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills WR Jordan Matthews has surgery on both legs

Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this month, posted Thursday that he had surgery on both legs and is expected to make a full recovery. Matthews was known to be dealing with a left knee injury, but he posted that he also had his right ankle taken care of as long as he was going in. "It was a buy 1 get one 1 free and we real cheap," he joked. Matthews will be a free agent this offseason. With Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones in the fold, Matthews is unlikely to return to the Bills, though he seems to be well-liked. His fiancée is a professional soccer player who is currently with Washington. Are the Bills actually good when it's cold out? This seems like conventional wisdom ... except it doesn't check out. The Bills don't seem to get any advantage from playing home games in the cold. Remember that the next time someone says Buffalo can't have a domed stadium. After hesitation to switch to linebacker, Milano becomes NFL starter: Bills coach Sean McDermott made it official this week that rookie linebacker Matt Milano is now a starter in place of Ramon Humber. Milano recalled this week that he was initially hesitant to switch from safety to linebacker, and he even turned down colleges because of it. Injury updates: Signs continue to point to Tyrod Taylor as the Bills starting QB this week; center Mike Pouncey headlined the Dolphins' Thursday injury report. Oh, well: Dolphins coach Adam Gase was asked what he learned watching the Bills on film during their snow game against the Colts. "Nothing," he said, not entirely joking. Bills players such as Preston Brown mentioned this week that watching film of the game was difficult because the cameras couldn't always see the field through driving snow. . Vic Carucci's Take Five: To win, the Bills need to avoid another passing disaster. Bills DBs will be tested again: Dolphins big-play threat Kenny Stills and young stud Jarvis Landry will continue to put pressure on the Continue Reading

Bills place WR Matthews, DE Lawson on injured reserve

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have placed wide receiver Jordan Matthews and defensive end Shaq Lawson on injured reserve, ending their seasons.Both starters had difficult seasons for Buffalo, dealing with injuries and inconsistent play.Matthews was acquired in a preseason trade with Philadelphia and was expected to become one of Buffalo's top options in the passing game following the trade of Sammy Watkins.However, Matthews struggled with injuries throughout his time in Buffalo. Shortly after his arrival, Matthews fractured his sternum. He broke his thumb in a Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons and has spent much of the past month dealing with a knee injury, which ended his season.Matthews finished the season with 25 receptions for 282 yards and one touchdown. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this spring.Lawson, Buffalo's first-round pick from 2016, took on a starting role but struggled with inconsistent play. He finished with 33 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. Lawson injured an ankle in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots; he also dealt with a groin injury earlier this season.The Bills promoted receiver Brandon Reilly and defensive end Cap Capi to fill their open roster spots. Reilly was a preseason fan favorite after impressing among Buffalo's reserves and has spent the first 13 weeks of the season on Buffalo's practice squad. Capi joined Buffalo's practice squad on Nov. 21.The Bills also added safety Dean Marlowe and punter Cory Carter to their practice squad.___For more NFL coverage: and Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading

Struggling Bills WR Jordan Matthews has been a disappointment

ORCHARD PARK –  There are a multitude of reasons why wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been a non-productive member of the Buffalo Bills stagnant offense this season.Injuries have certainly taken a toll as he has dealt with a chip fracture in his sternum that cost him nearly a month of training camp and preseason; a sprained thumb that required surgery and forced him to miss the Bengals game; and most recently a knee injury that sidelined him for the Chargers game.A slot receiver by trade, he has been forced, out of necessity in Buffalo, to play more on the outside than he ever had during his first three years in the NFL with the Eagles, and that could be affecting his production.He has a quarterback in Tyrod Taylor who has never been adept at throwing the ball into the middle of the field where Matthews has historically done his best work, nor does Taylor excel at throwing to receivers who don’t get noticeable separation, something Matthews sometimes struggles to achieve.Or, maybe he’s been watching all the fun his ex-teammates are having in Philadelphia, rolling to the NFL’s best record with a star-in-the-making at quarterback in Carson Wentz, and Matthews is just downright aggravated that he’s no longer there to experience what may end up being a Super Bowl run.When he came to Buffalo in the trade that sent cornerback Ronald Darby to Philadelphia during training camp, Matthews was looked upon as a player who would help offset the departure of Sammy Watkins who, that same day, was dealt to the Rams. Instead, he has been a vast disappointment as he has just 24 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown in nine games for Buffalo.“We’re working on it,” Taylor said of getting Matthews more involved in the offense. “It’s something that’s ongoing week in and week out. He’s dealt with some injuries, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s a great player We have to utilize him Continue Reading

Bills trade receiver Sammy Watkins to Rams, get Jordan Matthews from Eagles

The Buffalo Bills shook up their roster with two separate blockbuster trades Friday, dealing starting receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams and acquiring receiver Jordan Matthews from Philadelphia in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby. The Bills acquired cornerback E.J. Gaines from the Rams. Buffalo also continued stockpiling 2018 draft picks by getting a second-round selection from Los Angeles and a third-rounder from the Eagles. The Bills dealt a sixth-round pick to the Rams as part of the Watkins trade. The moves were made day after Buffalo opened its preseason with a 17-10 loss to Minnesota. The shakeup continues an offseason overhaul under new coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane. Watkins' future in Buffalo was already in question after the Bills in May declined to pick up his fifth-year option. He is entering the final year of his deal. Matthews is also entering the final season of his contract, so the Eagles also faced the possibility of losing him in free agency. Gaines was valuable defensive back in the Rams' rotation. He won a starting job in 2015 but then got hurt before the season started. He became expendable after the Rams acquired Kayvon Webster this offseason, who is pegged to start opposite Trumaine Johnson. The Rams need playmakers for an offense that finished last in the NFL over the past two seasons. Watkins can be that type of dynamic threat when healthy. Watkins had been the Bills starter since Buffalo traded up five spots in the 2014 draft to select him with the No. 4 pick. He has 153 catches for 2,459 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons, but topped 1,000 yards just once, in 2015. He's been hampered by an assortment of injuries and limited to playing just eight games last year after having surgery to repair a broken left foot. Watkins required a second operation in January after aggravating the injury last season. In Los Angeles, Watkins is reunited with the Continue Reading

Gigi Jordan, multi-millionaire mom who forced fatal overdose on 8-year-old son inside Fifth Ave. hotel, gets slammed with 18 years in prison

A multi-millionaire mom who forced a fatal overdose on her 8-year-old autistic son at the Peninsula Hotel in 2010 was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison by an outraged Manhattan judge who said she exhibited “an absolute lack of any remorse.” Gigi Jordan, 54, was issued the stiff prison sentence by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon who ripped her for justifying her unthinkable deed. “You would think in 2015, the defendant would say something like, ‘What a terrible thing I did. How could I kill my own son?’” Solomon said. “But five years later — the same thing. It’s hard for me to believe.” Instead of owning up, Jordan continued her public campaign to rationalize killing her non-verbal son, because she claimed he would be subjected to a life of sexual torture by his biological father, Emil Tzekov, because Jordan believed she’d be killed by her ex-husband, Ray Mirra. Solomon said there was “no evidence at all” of that scenario and that her fortune of up to $50 million could have let her protect him in other ways. He said Jude, “a smiling, happy 8-year-old boy,” did not have to die at the hands of his mother. “All of her money, all of her resources. She decided to kill him,” Solomon said. “There are so many different things she could have done. “She had all the money in the world to help Jude but she wound up taking his life,” he added. He also said he didn’t buy Jordan’s claim that she tried to kill herself after force-feeding the deadly cocktail of drugs to her son. The petite woman claimed to have taken an amount of narcotics with vodka that “would have killed a 6-foot-5, 300 pound linebacker,” yet she was awake and asking for a lawyer when cops busted into the room. “It’s impossible for me to believe Continue Reading