WR Jordan Matthews - Buffalo Bills
|6-3, 212||Born: 7-16-1992||College: Vanderbilt||Drafted: Round 2|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Matthews could return as early as this week from his thumb injury and possibly become the Bills #1 receiver downfield with Charles Clay out. The Bucs secondary was weak against the Cardinals and would be a good matchup for him if he can return.
General News (Wed Oct 18): partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Matthews appears to have a chance to play in Week 7, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
General News (Mon Oct 16): is day to day, and head coach Sean McDermott said Matthews made a lot of progress during the bye week. Matthews, however, told reporters he has yet to catch a pass with his right hand since undergoing thumb surgery earlier this month. He noted he has been working with tennis balls instead.
Week 7: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Good matchup. Teams aplenty have taken turns scorching the Buccaneers' toothless secondary, but the Bills may be hard-pressed to join the ranks. This passing game is built upon taking whatever advantage is earned by the running game and hitting on a timely big throw or two here and there - and even that's been a challenge with no dynamic WR1 (or even WR2) target to speak of. This unit was undermanned even before Jordan Matthews and Charles Clay went down with injuries; now, it's little more than a patchwork group that looked rudderless and punchless after Clay's Week 5 exit. Rookie Zay Jones (5 receptions on 23 targets) has been an abject disaster both down the field and underneath, while Andre Holmes has been predictably low-impact outside of 2 touchdowns from earlier in the season. It's always a shame to see such a cherry defensive matchup wasted on such an offensive situation. With Matthews and Clay likely both out, there's no receiver to boost against the Buccaneers' awful cornerback play. With perhaps the most burnable secondary of 2017, the Buccaneers have become one of the NFL's "best" matchups to plug-and-play against. Brent Grimes remains a stout cover man and ballhawk, and he's played near his typical level, but his fellow cornerbacks have been atrocious. Former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves has been arguably the league's premier target; And slot man Robert McClain has been worked over as well, perhaps worse, by Kendall Wright (7 receptions for 69 yards), Adam Thielen (5 for 98), Chris Hogan (8-74-1), and Larry Fitzgerald (10-138-1). Altogether, it's hard to go wrong in seeking to exploit the Buccaneers pass defense. They've allowed the second-most yards and the third-most net yards per attempt.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)
Jordan Matthews caught both of his two official targets for 10 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was run out of a bunch formation where Matthews worked a crossing route in the end zone creating separation for the pass from Taylor. The other target was also in the red zone where Matthews was motioned into a stack formation and ran a quick inbreaking route on the snap. The throw was to Matthews's back hip that caused Matthews to slow his momentum on the catch. As a result, Matthews was tackled just short of the line of scrimmage. Matthews also caught another pass but was called for offensive pass interference.
2017 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 61 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was the most targeted wide receiver, with five targets, and finished with a team high 61 yards. Matthews ran a nice crossing route against Chris Harris where he got separation in the route, for a 25-yard catch. Matthews motioned into the slot on another crossing route which he caught for a 28-yard catch and run. One of the passes targeted to Matthews was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Matthews did drop a target on a third down and two when matched up against Aqib Talib.
2017 Week 2 vs CAR (3 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jordan Matthews was only targeted three times but converted all three opportunities for thirty yards, including two big third down conversions. The first was on an out route which he caught and ran for 15 yards. The second was a dig route on third down and 13 which he caught in the middle of the field and held on through contact for the conversion. Matthews was used in both the slot and on the perimeter, but was limited to the short and intermediate areas of the field.
2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 61 / 0 rec)
Matthews was limited to two catches on the game, but produced a highlight catch on a crossing route, where he broke the initial tackle then reeled off a long run after the catch for 47-yard gain to set up a Bills touchdown. He looked healthy and full speed on the run and catch after missing extensive time in training camp with a chipped bone in his chest. A positive game script limited the Bills to 28 passes in the games, but Matthews looked the best of the wide receivers in the game on his limited opportunities.
Latest NewsBills | Jordan Matthews may play this week (Wed Oct 18, 06:33 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) appears to have a chance to play in Week 7, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Our View: His status is up in the air right now, but it seems to be trending in the right direction. With TE Charles Clay (knee) out, the Bills could use all the help they can get in the passing game. We'll know more about Matthews' status later in the week.
link to story Bills | Jordan Matthews limited in practice (Wed Oct 18, 04:35 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) was cleared to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, and he was limited as expected. Our View: Matthews has a chance to play on Sunday against the Bucs. Even if he does play, Matthews can't be counted on for much from a fantasy perspective in his first week back.
link to story Bills | Buffalo practice report for Wed. (Wed Oct 18, 04:35 PM) - Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay (knee) and LB Ramon Humber (thumb) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, while CB E.J. Gaines, CB Leonard Johnson (hamstring) and WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) were listed as limited participants. OT Cordy Glenn (ankle, foot) practiced in full. link to story Bills | Jordan Matthews cleared (Wed Oct 18, 10:19 AM) - Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) was cleared to practice Wednesday, Oct. 18, but he'll be limited. Our View: Matthews is back to practicing on a limited basis but this doesn't clear him for Week 7. The Bills could certainly use more pass-catching help, especially with TE Charles Clay (knee) out of action. We'll see if Matthews can get better as the week goes on and suit against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
link to story Bills | Jordan Mathews still not close to return? (Mon Oct 16, 01:37 PM) - Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews (thumb) told reporters he has yet to catch a pass with his right hand since undergoing thumb surgery earlier this month. He noted he has been working with tennis balls instead. Our View: It's all part of the process, and most fantasy owners aren't holding their collective breaths waiting for Matthews to return. Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Matthews made a lot of progress during the bye week.
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