TSV Scouting Department

Jeff Mathews

Report Prepared By John Harris

Breakdown:

#9
Class: Senior
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 223 lbs.
School: Cornell
Bio:
  • Set career Ivy League records with 11,284 career passing yards and 18 300-yard games
  • 2x Second-team All-Ivy (2012, 2013)
  • First-team All-Ivy (2011)
  • Bushnell Cup Award winner - Ivy League Player of the Year (2011)
  • 2013 stats:  2,953 passing yards, 22 TD and 13 INT (in nine games)

 

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.26 seconds
  • Vertical Jump - 25.5"
  • Broad Jump - 8'9"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.14 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.36 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 32 1/8"
  • Hand size - 10 1/8"

Pros

  • Smart pocket style quarterback. 
  • Above average arm strength with fluid passing motion.
  • Scans the defense and goes through his progression.
  • Throws a nice catchable ball with touch.
  • Will hang in the pocket until the last second against the pass rush.
  • Recognizes pre-snap coverages and blitzes and hits quick hot throws.
  • 4-year starter who won the 2011 Bushnell Cup Award (Ivy League Player of the Year), and set Ivy League career passing yards record (11284) and 300-yard passing games (18).

Cons

  • Sloppy footwork at times and has a tendency to throw off balance and not set his feet.
  • Has difficulty recognizing defensive coverages post-snap and safety rotation.
  • Will hold on to the football too long and takes unnecessary sacks.
  • Against the blitz needs more urgency and get the ball out quicker to his hot receivers. 
  • Do not see him anticipate and make throws before receivers are breaking out of their routes.
  • Inconsistent accuracy throwing on the run and when he has to move his feet.
  • Tendency to get "happy feet" and drift backwards in the pocket against the pass rush.
  • Slow footed and not great agility or cutting ability.
  • At times has a low release and passes get batted down at the line of scrimmage.
  • Do not see a great deal of responsibility changing protections and checking plays at the line of scrimmage.
  • Did not see great speed and competition in the Ivy League.

Film Room

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:01 Nice touch pass to back out of the back field.
:12 Low release ball gets batted for an interception.
2:06 Missed safety rotation should have attacked flats.
2:45 Misses inside hot receiver against the blitz almost throws interception.
3:00 Hangs in against the blitz to hit running back on open angle route.
3:22 Limited escapability unable to avoid the sack.
5:36 Needs more urgency and has to get the ball out sooner against the blitz, result is an interception.
6:08 Stiff legged, and under throws deep go route.
7:11 Misses open hot throw over the middle with inside blitz.
8:18 Recognizes blitz and hits hot throw over the middle.
9:44 Great touch throw over the outside shoulder on the go route.
10:28 Gets lucky, waits too long against the blitz and throws a touchdown could have been batted down or sacked.

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:22 Not setting his feet, poorly thrown pass for an incomplete.
:32 Misses post-snap 3 deep safety rotation, should have thrown open hitch route to his left.
1:32 Low release pass is batted down for an incomplete.
1:51 Great flat pass on the wheel route.
2:11 Misses safety rotation read and hitting open flat route to his left.
2:51 Strong throw on stop route to the field.
3:04 Misses wide open hitch route throws it in the dirt. 
4:07 Good job scanning and going through his progression.
4:25 Holds on to the football too long and takes a sack.
5:40 Late throw over the middle for an interception.
7:55 Great read and throw looks off MLB & SS opens up middle seam post for a TD.

Report

Against Princeton, Mathews, occasionally, had a difficult time recognizing post-snap defensive coverages and blitzes.  Princeton disguised a lot of their coverages rotating their safeties after the snap.  Sometimes as a result, Mathews was forced to hold onto the ball for a sack or got caught looking at the wrong receivers.  He also had some difficulty recognizing blitzes and getting the ball out quickly to his hot throws.  Instead, he held onto the football too long, once getting hit by an unblocked defender that forced an interception.  Later in the game, he again faced a similar all out blitz and threw a touchdown.  However, he was fortunate that the unblocked defender jumped and missed the pass with his hands, instead of hitting Mathews for a sack.  Mathews did show his poise hanging in the pocket and displayed a nice fluid throwing motion.  However, he will need to learn to recognize coverages post snap and get rid of the ball quicker if he wants to have a shot at the NFL level.

 

In the Dartmouth game, Mathews had a rough game again.  He still appeared to have difficulty recognizing post-snap defensive coverages.  In fairness, he is also playing behind an inconsistent offensive line play and his pass catchers do not appear to have the ability to make something happen after the catch.  However, his bad habit of holding onto the football too long, combined with limited mobility, resulted in too many sacks for big losses.  Going forward, he needs to learn to throw the football away for an incompletion and live to see another down.  To be able to make it in the NFL, he must start identifying coverages post snap, throw the football away if initial routes are not open and, as such, not take sacks for significant losses.