Rishard Matthews

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Rishard Matthews
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Matthews with the Miami Dolphins in 2014
No. 18 Tennessee Titans
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-12) October 12, 1989 (age 26)
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
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Receptions: 107
Receiving yards: 1,396
Receiving touchdowns: 8
Player stats at NFL.com

Rishard Andre Matthews[1] (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

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]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

2012 season[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.

2013 season[edit]

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.

2014 season[edit]

The 2014 campaign was a lackluster performance for Rishard 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.

2015 season[edit]

On November 30, 2015, Matthews suffered multiple fractured ribs in the Miami Dolphins' Week 12 loss to the New York Jets.[4] On January 2, 2016, Matthews was placed on injured reserve.[5]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On March 9, 2016, Matthews signed a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.[6]

Career stats[edit]

Receiving stats

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception TD FD FUM LST
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
2014 MIA 14 12 21 135 11.3 23 2 9 1 0
2015 MIA 11 43 61 662 15.4 53 4 31 0 0
Total Total 49 107 165 1396 13.0 53 8 73 1 0

Rushing Stats

Year Team Games Attempts Yards Average Long TD FD FUM LST
2012 MIA 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 MIA 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 MIA 14 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 0 0
2015 MIA 11 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0 0
Total Total 49 2 7 3.5 4 0 0 0 0

[7]

  • TD - Touchdowns
  • FD - First Downs
  • FUM - Fumbles
  • LST - Fumbles Lost

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