Jordan Matthews Hoping to Acclimate Dorial Green-Beckham to Eagles' Culture

Jordan Matthews hoping to acclimate Dorial Green-Beckham to Eagles' culture Reuben Frank |

Jordan Matthews sees Dorial Green-Beckham, and the first thing he sees is a giant. “Whenever he walks in the room, it’s like LeBron James,” Matthews said. “Because he’s so freaking huge.”

The next thing he sees is a guy who, with the help of a positive support team, can grow into a contributor in an Eagles wide receiver corps that could certainly use some firepower. The Eagles acquired Green-Beckham, the 40th pick in last year’s draft, on Tuesday in exchange for reserve offensive lineman Dennis Kelly. Beckham caught 32 passes for 539 yards and four touchdowns for the Titans last year. He played briefly in the preseason game against the Steelers Thursday night in Pittsburgh, but Saturday was his first actual practice in an Eagles uniform. Matthews, the Eagles’ only proven receiver, said it’s up to the Eagles’ current wide outs to welcome Green-Beckham into the fold and indoctrinate him into the Eagles’ culture. “The best part about it is him being a young guy, we can break him into this culture and say, ‘OK, this is how we do things here,’” Matthews said. “And we can get him acclimated to the way that you play as a Philadelphia Eagle, get him acclimated to this city and this locker room and what it means to actually wear the Eagle wings on your helmet.” Green-Beckham is in his second NFL season, but he’s only 23 years old and doesn’t turn 24 until next spring. He’s younger than Carson Wentz and only a month older than second-year receiver Nelson Agholor. “When you bring guys in who are a lot older, it’s sometimes harder, because they have their own way, and so it’s like, ‘OK, now were they a leader at another place, or whether they slacked off at another pace, whatever it may be,’” Matthews said. “But when you’re a young guy and you come into this locker room it’s a lot different, and I think that’s a good thing about the nucleus of guys he has here. Not just the guys he has in the receiver room but other veterans he can watch too.” Green-Beckham’s off-the-field issues have been well-publicized, and after the game in Pittsburgh Thursday night, DGB said he’s not the same person as the one who was arrested twice in college for marijuana possession and then kicked off the Missouri team after being accused of pushing a woman down a flight of steps. Important to note he was not charged in one of the marijuana possession charges or the incident with the woman, and in the first marijuana case he was only charged with misdemeanor trespassing and fined $200. “Totally a whole different person,” he said after the game. “The off-the-field stuff has been in the past. Never been brought up since then by anybody. That tells me I’ve been doing the right thing.” Matthews is only 24 but has quickly developed into a team leader and an example for not just the younger players on the team but everybody on the roster, everybody in the organization. He said he’s already friends with Green-Beckham – the two worked out together in Arizona this past offseason. He’ll now try to be a mentor as well to the 6-foot-5 receiver the Titans gave up on after just one season. “I take it upon myself (to be a leader) for all of them and I take it upon myself for me, too,” he said. “Am I about to bunk with him? No. He’ll sleep in the other room. But no, I think for me and the rest of the guys in my group, I always say, ‘OK, what are the things I can control? Going out and working hard and then focusing on the details. Always being in meetings and pulling out my notebook.’ “You do that over time and then when people see good things happen for you they say, ‘OK, I might want to try what that guy’s doing.’ But the main thing is I’ve got to keep doing that. “And I don’t know if Dorial had that at Missouri or Tennessee, but I want to make sure he has that here with me and I know he’s going to have that with other guys too. “I know Nelson’s always on his P’s and Q’s, I know Josh (Huff) is always on his P’s and Q’s, and that’s just kind of how our culture is here. No matter what happens, you’re still going to make sure you go in there and do your job, and that’s what we’re going to do.”