Rishard Matthews

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Rishard Matthews
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Matthews in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 18     Miami Dolphins
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-12) October 12, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Santa Ana (CA) Saddleback
College: Nevada
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 227
Debuted in 2012 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2014
Receptions 64
Receiving yards 734
Receiving touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com

Rishard Andre Matthews[1] (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

College career[edit]

Rishard originally signed a letter of intent committing to the University of Oregon.[2] 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. [3]

Professional career[edit]

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 seeing Brandon Gibson go down in Week 11, Matthews has received a large increase in targets and a number of starts. Rishard has also proven to be reliable target, specifically in the Miami win against the New England Patriots on December 15, 2013. He has contributed 22 first downs to the 2013 season. Matthews caught a 24 yard reception to keep the drive alive in this 24-20 upset. As of Week 15 in 2013, Matthews has recorded 47 receptions for 532 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

Career Stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Receiving Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2012 MIA 8 11 19 151 13.7 30 0 7 0 0
2013 MIA 16 41 64 448 10.9 29 2 26 0 0
Total Total 24 52 83 599 11.5 30 2 33 0 0



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