The Miami Dolphins are stocked full at the wide receiver position, and unfortunately for a select few that likely means a cut from the roster awaits them. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, third-year receiver Rishard Matthews may be one of the top candidates at risk.
Matthews caught 41 passes for 448 yards and two touchdowns last season and made five starts but is at serious risk of not making the team. On Saturday, he caught a pass but was stripped by Taylor, and Jason Trusnik grabbed the ball in the air. Matthews threw his arm in frustration.
The team has privately questioned his focus in the past — Matthews admitted to being late to a couple of meetings earlier in his career — but Philbin praised his work in the offseason program and Matthews said he and Philbin are on the same page after meeting this offseason.
Heading into the 2014 NFL season, Matthews has been expected to compete for the Dolphins’ open slot receiver position with Brandon Gibson and rookie Jarvis Landry. Matthews held down the fort in the slot last season after Gibson went down with injury and finished the season with 41 receptions for 448 yards and two touchdowns.
In a highly competitive situation, Matthews has missed some key team meetings, causing his focus to be questioned. With so much talent at the receiver position in Miami, giving anything but his very best could come back to haunt him before the summer is over.
The Dolphins selected Matthews in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Nevada. He made great strides last season and improved dramatically over his rookie campaign, during which he recorded just 11 receptions in eight games.