The Carolina Panthers have made a roster move with a pair of pass catchers ailing with recent injuries. The Panthers have elevated tight end Jordan Matthews to the active roster, per The 33rd Team’s Ari Meirov.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 7, 2023
Matthews signed with Carolina late last month and will get the call to the 53-man roster, with tight end Stephen Sullivan and wide receiver DJ Chark questionable for Thursday’s battle against the Chicago Bears.
Carolina Panthers TE Jordan Matthews: Former Wideout Receives Another NFL Opportunity
Jordan Matthews, the 42nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, signed with the Carolina Panthers practice squad in late October. Matthews spent the previous four seasons as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, bouncing between the practice squad and the active roster. He played six games during that span, recording four catches for 33 yards and no scores. Most notably, Matthews changed positions following the 2021 season, switching from wide receiver to tight end.
The six-foot-three offensive standout displayed his unique talent while a member of the Vanderbilt Commodores in college. He earned All-American honors as a senior before the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the second round. Matthews performed well in Philadelphia, accumulating 19 touchdowns through his first three seasons, but got dealt to the Buffalo Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. The lengthy wideout struggled to produce in Buffalo, while injuries took a toll on his playing time.
Jordan Matthews: Potential Weapon for QB Bryce Young
Jordan Matthews has switched to the tight end position and will slot behind Hayden Hurst and Tommy Tremble on the depth chart. Third-string tight end Stephen Sullivan injured his shoulder last Sunday and did not practice on Monday.
Matthews could also see himself lining up at wide receiver at times, with teammate DJ Chark Jr. also sitting at practice with an elbow injury.