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Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews just turned 29 years old. That’s starting to get up there in age, but there could still be a couple of good years left in him, if an NFL team decided to sign him as a free agent.
He has spent his entire NFL career, even as recently as 2020, bouncing back and forth on the 49ers practice squad and active roster at the wide receiver position. However, Matthews is now trying something a little different.
He added 30 pounds to his former 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame and switched to tight end. The hope is that his new position will allow him to get a fresh start with a team looking for an athletic, converted wide receiver. We’ve seen others such are Darren Waller make the jump, but that doesn’t make it automatic for Matthews.
Still, he did recently receive a tryout with the New York Jets, according to Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network.
As it sits, the Jets have Chris Herndon sitting atop their depth chart. Ryan Griffin and Tyler Kroft are proven rotational depth pieces, and there’s still Trevon Wesco, Daniel Brown and rookie Kenny Yeboah all on that roster.
None of those are good enough to keep the team from kicking the tires on a guy like Matthews. Maybe the former Commodore will get a chance to try out his new position on Sundays.
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