Miami Dolphins 23-year-old wide receiver Rishard Matthews is an intriguing 6’0″, 217 pound Nevada prospect who has a spot on the Dolphins roster penciled in as the No. 5 receiver. Even though there is plenty of talent at the position after an offseason that saw Brian Hartline re-signed and Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson signed, Matthews still has a shot at being a factor as a deep sleeper in the Dolphins WR rotation.
According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, Rishard Matthews will be out for “several weeks” after suffering from an undisclosed injury, and we’re pretty much in the dark regarding the details of Matthews’s ailment. He did not take the field at practice today, but he was able to stretch earlier. However, the fact that he is going to be out some weeks tells us that this injury is more severe than we thought, and it’s a big help to guys like second-year WRs Marvin McNutt and Jeff Fuller.
Both wide receivers are chomping at the bit, and the gap between Matthews and the other wideouts behind him on the Dolphins depth chart has now closed. I still expect Matthews to get the gig, but Fuller presents stiff competition and McNutt could make the roster as well if he can gain enough momentum and show more of what he showed at college than he did as a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Matthews had 11 receptions for 151 yards last season in 11 games with the Miami Dolphins.