Rishard Matthews
Rishard Matthews
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Released by the Saints in August of 2019.
Retires from NFL
WRFree Agent
August 12, 2019
Matthews announced his retirement from football, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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The Saints released Matthews on Saturday after he walked away from the team. He was a longshot to crack the 53-man roster, following a 2018 campaign with five receptions in eight games for the Titans and Jets. The 29-year-old wide receiver enjoyed a productive stretch from 2015 to 2017, averaging 58.6 receiving yards per game with 17 touchdowns in 41 appearances for Tennessee and Miami. He peaked in 2016 with a 65-945-9 receiving line.
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Measurables Review
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Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
217 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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In a down year for the Tennessee offense, Matthews missed two games, but was essentially the same efficient, productive player he's always been. The fall-off was felt mostly in the scoring department - nine TDs in 2016, only four in 2017 - as Matthews saw seven red-zone targets all year. At 6-0, 217, and with poor timed speed (4.62 40), Matthews posts strong per-target numbers and makes occasional plays downfield thanks to his stout build, good hands and crisp route running. The departure of Mike Mularkey and his low-octane play calling can only help, and new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur has vowed to simplify the offense and scheme to get both Matthews and second-year man Corey Davis open. It's unclear who will be the team's top dog - we'd imagine the team wants it to be Davis, on whom it used the No. 5 overall pick last year, but Matthews was by far the better player in 2017. Delanie Walker and Dion Lewis are also in the mix, but the Titans' passing-game tree is on the narrow side, which bodes well for Matthews even if Davis does break out. Of greater concern, Matthews was unavailable at the start of training camp while nursing an unspecified injury that dates back to May. The Titans don't seem inclined to provide any details, so it would be wise to approach Matthews with caution for the time being.
A small-sample standout in Miami two years ago, Matthews got more opportunities in Tennessee last year and proved it was no fluke. Among the league's 41 100-target WR, Matthews' 14.5 YPC and 8.8 YPT placed him 11th and 12th, respectively. Matthews saw only 15 looks from the red zone, but made the most of them, scoring seven of his nine TDs there. At 6-0, 217, Matthews is stoutly built, runs crisp routes and has good hands. His timed speed (4.62 40) is poor, but it hasn't stopped him from striking for big plays -- 16 catches of 20 plus and four of 40 or more. The Titans used the fifth overall pick on WR Corey Davis and then signed Eric Decker in June, but Matthews has done nothing but play well the past couple seasons, and he's the only one of the trio with experience in Tennessee's system. A downtick from last year's 108 targets should be expected, but the drop off won't necessarily be severe and he figures to remain efficient. Matthews was always unlikely to match last season's touchdown total, with or without Decker in the picture.
Matthews parlayed a strong season with the Dolphins into a three-year deal in Tennessee this offseason, but it's hardly ideal. For starters, the Titans have a high-volume TE in Delanie Walker and a potentially dominant red-zone presence in Dorial Green-Beckham. And while the team's passing offense should improve with Marcus Mariota in his second year, it's still below average. At 6-0, 217, Matthews is stoutly built and able to make catches in traffic. He's also a good route runner and has reliable hands. He's on the slow side (4.62 40), though it didn't stop him from making big plays last year (four catches of 40-plus yards on 61 targets). Matthews has moderate upside should he supplant the pedestrian Kendall Wright as the top possession WR or Green-Beckham, who has a nagging hamstring injury, in the red zone.
In three seasons with the Dolphins, Matthews has 64 receptions, 734 yards, and four touchdowns. While those aren't exactly lofty figures, the Dolphins completely revamped their receiving corps after trading Mike Wallace to Minnesota, cutting Brian Hartline, and refusing to match Buffalo’s offer sheet to TE Charles Clay this offseason. As a result, there will be fresh opportunities for targets this season, but Matthews will still have to compete with rookie first-rounder DeVante Parker, offseason additions Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings, as well as promising second-year wideout Jarvis Landry. Knowing that, Matthews could find himself playing for another team before next season starts.
The former seventh round pick didn't look out of place in the NFL last season, and while he doesn't have the size or speed to make a big impact the Dolphins also didn't do a whole lot in the offseason to upgrade their receiving corps, or for that matter their quarterbacking situation. Matthews will have to fight off second round pick Jarvis Landry for the no. 3 spot on the depth chart, with the prize being the scraps of a lackluster passing game.
Matthews had just 11 receptions for 151 yards last season and is not expected to be an integral part of the Dolphins' passing game in 2013.
As much as I hate to beat a dead horse it goes without saying that the Miami receiving corps is the weakest unit on the team. There will be opportunities for just about anyone to make an impact, including Matthews who was a seventh round pick in this past April's draft.
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Cut loose by Saints
WRFree Agent
August 10, 2019
The Saints released Matthews with a left squad designation Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Lands contract with Saints
WRNew Orleans Saints
June 13, 2019
Matthews signed a contract with the Saints on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Trying out for Saints
WRFree Agent
June 13, 2019
Matthews has worked out for the Saints on a tryout basis this week, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on IR
WRNew York Jets
Hamstring
December 18, 2018
Matthews (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
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Ruled out Saturday
WRNew York Jets
Hamstring
December 15, 2018
Matthews (hamstring) will not return to Saturday's game, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
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