Rishard Matthews, a 2012 7th round pick has been on Joe Philbin’s bad side for the last couple seasons according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson. The Palm Beach Post’s Andrew Abramson adds that “Matthews is really going to have to perform well in camp and preseason to stay on the roster.
The Dolphins haven’t been happy with Rishard Matthews for tardiness, lack of attention to detail and other issues — one reason why they used a second-round pick on Jarvis Landry instead of being content with Matthews as their fourth receiver. Matthews admits it surprised him that Miami drafted two receivers (Landry and Matt Hazel).
@PhinsDaniel I’d say decent chance. Matthews is really going to have to perform well in camp and preseason to stay on the roster.
— Andrew Abramson (@AbramsonPBP) June 3, 2014
Personally, I have always been a huge fan of Matthews, the kid can ball. But apparently the Miami brain trust doesn’t agree, especially because they drafted Jarvis Landry and Matt Hazel in the draft.
Matthews was on Philbin’s bad side because or tardiness, lack of attention to detail and off the field issues.
He recently said that he had a sitdown with Coach Philbin to clear the air. He believes he has matured and it was all part of the growing process.
Matthews clearly has talent, especially with the ability to go up and fight for a ball. He played well in 2013, even though he spent 89% of his snaps from the slot (where he clearly doesn’t belong). Matthews could be fighting for a 3rd or 4th roster spot if he was used correctly and was responsible off the field.
Instead, Matthews will spend this summer fighting with Armon Binns, the rookies, and even Marcus Thigpen for potentially the last roster spot in 2014.