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Ex-Titans WR Rishard Matthews signing with Jets

The New York Jets have dealt with some injuries at the wide receiver position this season, and they are turning to a former Tennessee Titan in hopes of adding some depth for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that free agent receiver Rishard Matthews has agreed to a deal with the New York Jets.

Matthews, a seventh-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2012, had 65 catches for 945 yards in his first season with the Titans in 2016 and then 53 receptions for 795 yards last year. He had also been a big red zone contributor, scoring 13 total touchdowns in those two seasons.

Terrelle Pryor has dealt with a groin injury for much of the year, and Quincy Enunwa has been out after suffering a sprained ankle in Week 6. Matthews missed time in training camp with a knee injury and then seemingly found himself buried on the depth chart in Tennessee, but all indications are that he is healthy now and ready to contribute.

WR Rishard Matthews expects to sign with new team soon

Rishard Matthews was released by the Tennessee Titans last week at his request, and the free agent wide receiver does not expect to be unemployed for long.

Matthews, who had been representing himself, has decided to hire NFL super-agent Drew Rosenhaus. On Thursday, Rosenhaus said multiple teams are interested in Matthews and he expects the 28-year-old to sign a contract soon.

Matthews, a seventh-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2012, had 65 catches for 945 yards in his first season with the Titans in 2016 and then 53 receptions for 795 yards last year. He had also been a big red zone contributor, scoring 13 total touchdowns in those two seasons.

Things changed this year, as Matthews missed time in training camp with a knee injury and then seemingly found himself buried on the depth chart. Teams that are dealing with injuries or are in need of wide receiver help could do a lot worse.

WR Rishard Matthews asks for his release from Titans

Rishard Matthews has asked the Tennessee Titans for his release after hardly making an impact this season.

Matthews posted a photo and note on Instagram Wednesday that hinted his time with the Titans was over. He said he was “home for good” unless someone called to get him off the couch.

Matthews later confirmed to A to Z Sports Nashville that he asked the team for his release due to a lack of playing time. The outlet further reports that the two sides have an agreement on the release and are working to finalize the paperwork.

Matthews was earning $5 million this season and signed an extension to make $7.75 million next year. The wide receiver looked like he would be a big factor in the Titans’ offense after catching 65 passes for 945 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2016. His stats were down somewhat last year, mostly due to a hamstring injury. He missed time in camp this year due to a knee injury and only had 3 catches for 11 yards in three games this season.

Rishard Matthews, Titans players not happy with direction of offense

The Tennessee Titans have offered far too little on offense for some time now, and some players are getting fed up.

One, wide receiver Rishard Matthews, even went on the record to say that he believes it’s time to give quarterback Marcus Mariota more control over an offense that has been inexplicably slow and stagnant despite the quarterback’s skillset. In particular, the Titans’ reluctance to use a no-huddle offense that Mariota has excelled in has been particularly confusing to players.

“I’d rather have Marcus calling the shots,” Matthews said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. “There’s proof in the success when that happens. I’d like to do no-huddle more. I know we’d all like to do it more. We definitely talk about it a lot. Sometimes we go into it a lot. Sometimes we don’t. This game we stayed in it, and I feel like we were pretty good when were in it.”

Wolfe reports that several Titans are in agreement with this, with a feeling that the Titans have occasionally grown too conservative in their playcalling.

There is definitely some frustration about the Tennessee offense. Perhaps Mariota’s status could have something to do with some of it.

Hidden gems on all 32 NFL teams

James Bradberry

NFL superstars tend to receive many rewards, ranging from massive contracts to All-Pro nods and trips to the Pro Bowl. But in order to succeed at the highest level, all 32 teams still need role players and unsung heroes to help them along their journey.

Sometimes those role players receive the recognition they deserve — most often within the fan bases or cities in which they play. But frequently, they are not recognized the way they should be.

Each team has some hidden gems on their roster — here’s a look at one for each team.

Arizona Cardinals – Markus Golden, linebacker

Markus Golden is more overlooked than unknown, but at his current rate of development, he won’t be forgotten much longer. Golden finished the 2016 season with 53 total pressures, 41 run stops and 12.5 sacks. The 41 run stops were good for fourth-most among edge defenders in the NFL. Golden is in line for a Pro Bowl or All-Pro nod in 2017 if he continues at this pace. If that happens, the secret will be out.

Atlanta Falcons – Grady Jarrett, defensive tackle

Grady Jarrett was considered underrated in college and that remained true over his first two seasons with the Falcons. Even despite a strong performance in the Super Bowl, Jarrett hasn’t exactly seen his name in lights. If Atlanta didn’t choke the game away, perhaps that would be different, but for now, Jarrett and his 78.3 Pro Football Focus rating will continue to fly under the radar.

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Rishard Matthews has tattoo of Barack Obama, first lady Michelle

There are many, many players in the NFL who supported Barack Obama and were sad to see his second term end, but there may be only one who loved the former president enough to swear his allegiance in tattoo form.

Logan Murdock of The Tennesseean discovered at training camp that Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has a tattoo of Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama on his lower right leg.

The portrait of the Obamas is right next to the tattoo that means the most to Matthews, which depicts two Greek gods facing each other with the inscription “The World is Yours.”

“The first president I voted for, first black president, first black first lady,” Matthews said of the Obamas. “Myself being African American, they’re obviously great role models and they let the black community and minorities, in general, know that the sky is the limit if you put your mind to it.”

Matthews, who has around 20 tattoos in total, said he wanted Barack and Michelle Obama on his leg to show his children “the world is theirs.”

“My kids are minorities and we need more minority role models in the upper areas in this nation and world in general, and what greater role models than the Obamas?” he said.

The tattoo on Matthews’ leg is certainly a lot easier to look at than some of the other leg tattoos we have shown you. It would be interesting to see what Obama himself would think about the tribute.

Week 11 fantasy pickups include Rishard Matthews, Bernard Pierce, Case Keenum, Shane Vereen

Bernard-Pierce-RavensCompared to recent weeks, there is probably not a whole lot available on the fantasy waiver wire in your leagues heading into Week 11. There were very few breakout performances in Week 10 and not many injuries, but that doesn’t mean valuable pieces can’t be found. In addition to the players we told you to keep an eye on when Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike James went down on Monday night, here are some other players to consider for Week 11.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Dolphins: We can almost guaranteed that Matthews’ 11/120/2 game against Tampa Bay on Monday night will be his best of the season. That doesn’t mean he won’t have some WR3 value going forward, especially in PPR leagues. After catching just five passes in the first six games of the season, Matthews has clearly developed some chemistry with Ryan Tannehill. He has 16 catches on 24 targets in the past three weeks. He has also received a bump since Brandon Gibson went down with an injury. We don’t expect him to light it up by any means, but you could do worse for receiver depth.

Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens: Pierce is already owned in many leagues as a handcuff to Ray Rice. The Ravens’ run game is an absolute mess. Rice has been completely ineffective in recent weeks, which could be the result of a lingering hip issue and is certainly the result of poor offensive line play. John Harbaugh told reporters this week that the team is planing to go with a “hot hand” approach going forward. That could mean Pierce is in for more carries if he can provide a spark. The Ravens can only be so loyal to Rice if he is not getting the job done, making Pierce worth an add.

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