Eagles' Carson Wentz struggled with 'tough' Jordan Matthews tradeEagles' Carson Wentz struggled with 'tough' Jordan Matthews trade
The trade involving Jordan Matthews hit his teammates hard, especially Carson Wentz.
The Eagles quarterback acknowledged the difficulty in not only losing a pivotal wide receiver, but also losing his close friend. Nonetheless, he trusts the franchise's decisions and knows the team will push forward.
“It’s tough,” Carson Wentz said Saturday, via Philly.com. “It’s one of those things where there’s the personal side to things and the football side to things. The football side of things, you just got to trust what they’re doing upstairs. Ultimately, they’re the ones that make those decisions. And what they think is best for the team, I’m going to be in support of 100 percent.
“They haven’t let me down or haven’t let this team down yet.”
The Bills revamped their receiving corps by trading Sammy Watkins and acquiring Matthews in separate deals on Friday. Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2014 draft, was dealt to the Rams along with a sixth-round pick for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second-rounder. The Bills then made a deal with the Eagles for Matthews and a third-round pick next year for cornerback Ronald Darby.
Wentz, who drove Matthews to the airport after one last dinner with four other Eagles players, was notified of the trade after it was completed but before it was announced. Given their chemistry both on and off the field, Wentz knows Matthews' presence will be hard to replicate but is still hopeful he finds his groove in Buffalo.
“We were so close off the field that on the field that helped,” Wentz said. “Replacing a guy like that in the locker room is definitely not going to be easy.”
Matthews, a second-round pick in 2014, was second on the Eagles with 73 receptions last season.