Matthews in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 18 Miami Dolphins
|Date of birth:October 12, 1989|
|Place of birth: San Diego, California|
|High school: Santa Ana (CA) Saddleback|
|NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 227|
|Debuted in 2012 for the Miami Dolphins|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2014
Rishard Andre Matthews (born October 12, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Nevada. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft
Rishard originally signed a letter of intent committing to the University of Oregon. Matthews attended Bakersfield College before transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno. In his two years catching passes from Colin Kaepernick at Nevada he had 147 receptions for 2,243 yards and 13 touchdowns. While at Nevada, Matthews was named second-team all-WAC as a wide receiver in 2011. In 2012, he was an honors candidate who was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's top receiver. 
Matthews made his first appearance on the stat log for the Miami Dolphins, in a losing effort against the Buffalo Bills on November 15, 2012. Matthews finished the Thursday Night Football game with one catch for 19 yards. Rishard Matthews was one of only four receivers to make the final 53-man roster in 2013. This was crucial after seeing Dustin Keller go down in a preseason game against the Houston Texans. Rishard was a second-year player adding to the likes of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson. Matthews had his first two-touchdown game in another losing effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 11, 2013. He finished the Monday Night Football game with 120 yards on 11 receptions. After Miami's Brandon Gibson went down in Week 11, Matthews has received a large increase in targets and a number of starts. Rishard has also proven to be a reliable target, specifically in the Miami win against the New England Patriots on December 15, 2013. Matthews caught a 24 yard reception to keep the drive alive in the 24-20 upset. The season came to an end with Matthews contributing 41 receptions for 448 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 448 receiving yards. The 2014 campaign was a lackluster performance for Rishard Matthews who had emerged in 2013 as a reliable target. The season prematurely ended for Matthews when off-field conduct resulted in a suspension for the final game against the New York Jets. While Matthews has shown promise, he finished the season with 12 catches on 21 targets for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.
|Year||Team||Games||Receptions||Targets||Receiving Yards||Yards per Reception||Longest Reception||TD||FD||FUM||LST|
- TD - Touchdowns
- FD - First Downs
- FUM - Fumbles
- LST - Fumbles Lost
- "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com.
- "Rishard Matthews Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
- Nevada Wolf Pack bio