Matthews with the Miami Dolphins in 2014
|No. 18 Tennessee Titans|
|Date of birth:||October 12, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Santa Ana, California|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||217 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Santa Ana (CA) Saddleback|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 7 / Pick: 227|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Rishard Andre Matthews (born October 12, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Nevada. He was drafted by the Miami 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 2013 season came to an end with Matthews contributing 41 receptions for 448 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The 2014 campaign was a lackluster performance for Matthews, who had emerged in 2013 as a reliable target, with the season ending prematurely for Matthews when off-field conduct resulted in his suspension for the final game against the New York Jets. While Matthews has shown promise, he finished the 2014 season with 12 catches on 21 targets for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Matthews would have a solid season with the Titans in 2016. He set a career high in receiving yards with 945 and with 9 receiving touchdowns. He led the Titans in both receiving yards and touchdowns.
- TD - Touchdowns
- FD - First Downs
- FUM - Fumbles
- LST - Fumbles Lost
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- Titans Agree to Terms with WR Rishard Matthews
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