Written by Matthew Cannata
In 2013, Rishard Matthews stepped up after Brandon Gibson went down with an injury halfway through the season. Matthews went on to have a solid season and made several acrobatic catches in key situations to help the Dolphins keep a drive alive and/or win the game.
Therefore, it's surprising to hear that Matthews is fighting for a roster spot and may end up on the outside looking in. At this point, it appears that talent is not the issue. Rather, his work ethic and focus leaves a lot to be desired and the coaches want to see a huge improvement from him off the field.
After Gibson went down today, Matthews showed why he deserves a spot on the team. Matthews was the most active receiver at practice today and nearly made the play of training camp with a one-handed grab over Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes. It was ruled incomplete but it’s a glimpse of how hard Matthews is working to stay on the roster.
There are a ton of bodies at the wide receiver position but only five or six will make the team. Matthews and others will have to continue to fight every practice and give it everything they have if they want to be on the field in September.