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WR Rishard Matthews - Tennessee Titans

6-0, 217Born: 10-12-1989College: NevadaDrafted: Round 7

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17 vs JAX 51 0 0 0 2 1 7 0 0 0.7
18 at KC 60 0 0 0 2 1 15 0 0 1.5
19 at NE 53 0 0 0 8 3 27 0 0 2.7

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs NE (8 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews would have yet another disappointing performance to close out his season as he only managed to haul in three of eight targets for 27 yards. His longest play of the game came in garbage time as Matthews hauled in a 12-yard pass near midfield despite being held on the play. Matthews really never did look himself after returning from a hamstring injury in Week 14 as he closed out the season on quite the negative note.

2017 Week 18 vs KC (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was targeted only twice, hauling in one catch for 15 yards midway through the second quarter while lined up against Darrelle Revis. Matthews was facing coverage from Marcus Peters for most of the day, so it was tough for him to get open. Matthews now has just four receptions in his last three games as he is beginning to fall under the radar for the run-heavy Titans offense that is focusing more on Delanie Walker in big passing situations.

2017 Week 17 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was targeted only twice in last week's game as the stout Jaguars cornerbacks shut down all of the Titans wide receivers. He did not even see a target until the second half, and his only reception was a seven-yard grab coming early in the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 16 vs LAR (4 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)

Matthews made a great play midway through the third quarter as he caught the ball after an out route, then shedding his would-be tackler before accelerating up the sideline to get the Titans into the red zone. His only other reception of the day was another big one as Matthews ran a short slant route, catching the ball about four yards from the line of scrimmage but again ram right through the cornerback covering him as Matthews scampered for 23 yards in total on that play. This was the first game of the season in which Matthews finished with fewer than three receptions as his overall usage was certainly down despite a couple of long plays.

2017 Week 15 vs SF (8 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the team in receiving as he hauled in six of his eight targets for 95 yards and a touchdown. This was his biggest game since going out with the hamstring injury in Week 11. Matthews showed his playmaking ability in this game as his first four receptions all went for over 20 yards each, with three of them coming before halftime. Matthews showed non-stop drive after his first reception as gained an extra seven yards once he had been wrapped up just by keeping his legs pumping to push downfield. Matthews ran a great corner route during the two-minute drill before halftime to help set up a Titans touchdown. He had to make that catch on the ball thrown a bit over his head, but Matthews had no problem hauling it in and getting out of bounds. On 3rd-and-4 late in the third quarter, Matthews came up big with another 21-yard reception that he showed great power to push forward for some extra yards at the end. Shortly after that play, Matthews would easily haul in the touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from eight yards out as he fooled the 49ers linebacker with a nice stop and go to get wide open in the back of the end zone. This would mark Matthews' third touchdown in his last five games.

2017 Week 14 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Matthews could not get anything going on his first game back from a hamstring injury, hauling in just three receptions for 19 yards. He had to deal with coverage from Patrick Peterson for most of the game, which will limit the upside of any receiver regardless of who he is.

2017 Week 11 vs PIT (6 / 5 / 113 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews had his best fantasy outing of the season as he hauled in his third touchdown and exceeded 100 receiving yards for the first time this year. Matthews' main highlight came on the Titans' first play of the second half as he caught a 75-yard touchdown bomb. It was a basic go-route where Mariota ran right by the defender before hauling in the big catch, then weaving his way through a few other would-be tacklers before he reached the end zone. Matthews isn't the fastest of receivers, but he showed great running ability here as he made just the right moves to make it to the end zone on this play. After that big play, Matthews didn't do much else in the game. While Corey Davis and Delanie Walker did see more targets than Matthews, he is still an integral part of this offense and played nearly every single snap in this game.

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews finished with five catches for 50 yards and a few missed opportunities in last Sunday's contest against the Bengals. He gained 28 of his yards on the first drive after hauling in Mariota's first pass of the game for eight yards followed by a 20 yard catch and run to get the Titans into the red zone. Matthews dropped what would have been an easy touchdown midway through the second quarter as he was wide open down the middle of the field. He also nearly hauled in a touchdown late in the game, but it was a tough catch in the middle of two defenders while falling backwards into the end zone. Matthews ranked third in targets here behind Corey Davis and Delanie Walker, but he remains an integral part of this offense.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 70 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the Titans in targets with seven, hauling in four of those for 70 yards and a touchdown. All of Matthews' production came in the first half, starting strong with a 29-yard reception on the first play from scrimmage that would be the Titans' longest play of the game. On the next drive, Matthews did a great job to haul in a jump ball against Eric Weddle for 15 yards. Matthews' third reception then came on the following drive, this time for a touchdown as he ran a great route to be left wide open in the end zone for an easy 16-yard touchdown reception. When the second half came along though, Matthews did not have it as easy as he couldn't haul in any of his three targets, one of which was a very bad drop on third down to stall a Titans drive.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews only managed to haul in three receptions for 40 yards as the Titans passing attack struggled. Matthews started strong with an 18-yard reception on the first play of the game. He also nearly found the end zone again this week as Matthews caught a 14-yard pass across the middle, just one yard short of the goal line. Matthews then made the short catch in overtime that set up the Titans for the game-winning field goal. He continues to play the majority of snaps and is the Titans leading wide receiver, but he is being used more out of the slot as a possession receiver as opposed to the downfield threat we saw last season.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (4 / 4 / 69 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was only targeted four times this week, a season low, as he finished with 69 total yards. This was Matthews' best game from a yardage perspective since Week 3 against the Seahawks. Matthews nearly had a touchdown on a wide receiver screen midway through the third quarter. Matthews hauled in the screen pass and ran down the left sideline, jumping over a Colts defender before barely losing his balance and falling out of bounds just a few yards from the goal line. Matthews has been a solid downfield threat for the Titans, as he now has a reception of at least 20 yards in five of six games this year.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

Rishard Matthews tied for the lead in targets for the Titans this week with six, hauling in three of them for 34 yards. Matthews received one carry on the game in the first half, but it was blown up as he lost three yards. Matthews made a very impressive catch by pinning the ball against his leg to keep it from hitting the ground, resulting in a 17-yard gain - the longest play of the day for the Titans. Outside of that, Matthews really lacked highlights as this entire offense struggled.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the Titans in targets with eight, but only hauled in three receptions for 49 yards in a day that proved to be tough for this entire offense. Matthews hauled in a 28-yard reception on tight coverage, almost driving it in for the touchdown before being wrestled down by two defenders. Outside of that play, highlights were tough to come by as Mariota struggled and Matt Cassel couldn't throw the ball to anyone during the second half of this game.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 87 / 1 rec)

Rishard Matthews led the Titans in all receiving categories with his six receptions on 10 targets for 87 yards and one touchdown. Matthews was the clear focal point of Marcus Mariota here as the next closest receiver target-wise was Delanie Walker with six. Matthews started slowly with three straight targets for incompletions, most of which were victims of errant throws by Mariota. He snagged a few short passes to help move the chains along later in the first half. Matthews' big play of the day came on a play-action wide receiver screen. Matthews caught the ball and used his speed combined with three great blocks to accelerate downfield. He ran into the Seahawks secondary but used a spin move plus stiff-arm combination to miss literally three Seahawks defenders before grabbing a block and covering his last 10 yards to the goal line for the touchdown.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was targeted five times, hauling in three of them for 43 yards. Matthews made a big 15-yard catch over the middle on third down to keep the Titans drive alive at the end of the first half. He took a huge hit after the catch, but held onto the ball and popped right up afterward. On this same drive, after a couple penalties on the offensive line set the Titans back to 2nd and 30, Matthews hauled in another big reception for 20 yards, finding space in the middle of the field while working against A.J. Bouye. Outside of those two big plays, Matthews was targeted twice near the start of the first half before being relegated to blocking duty as the Titans completely shifted their game plan to protect their lead.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)

Rishard Matthews was targeted nine times, hauling in five of those for 71 receiving yards. Matthews looked very sharp on the first drive, making a couple of critical third-and-long catches for a combined 28 yards. Matthews received the first target of the game, and five of his nine targets came on third and long situations - showing a clear level of trust between him and Marcus Mariota that has carried over from 2016. Despite the talent added this offseason, Matthews looks to still be heavily involved in this Titans offense.


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