Chris Matthews: Does Young WR Have Future With Ravens?


Chris Matthews wowed fans with his amazing Super Bowl performance last year. Matthews caught over 100 yards and a touchdown. Matthews seemed as if he was the future of the wide receiver position for the Seahawks. Sadly, Matthews caught a sub par 4 catches for 54 yards, losing him his spot on the team. Matthews was quickly snatched up to the Ravens practice squad, then promoted not too long after.

Matthews quickly surprised with a crazy catch against the Seahawks, showing his strength in his hands. Matthews then caught an outstanding touchdown against the Steelers. Matthews did impress the Ravens organization, but do the Ravens have space for a player like Matthews?

Matthews is a tall receiver at 6’5″. The only issue is, the Ravens have no trouble with height at the wide receiver position. Darren Waller is 6’6″, Marlon Brown is 6’5″, and Daniel Brown is 6’5″. Assuming the Ravens draft or sign a player during free agency while all restricted or exclusive rights free agents return, there will be a strong competition at wide receiver.

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Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, pick up during free agency or rookie, Breshad Perriman, and Michael Campanero all seem like locks. Kaelin Clay’s return ability will probably lock him a spot for the team, too. That leaves 1 spot open for all other receivers (assuming the Ravens keep 7 wide receivers). Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown, Darren Waller, Marlon Brown, and Chris Matthews will all have to fight for one spot. Matthews will have a very hard road to the roster.

Waller stood out last preseason. He proved vital during the regular season from a special teams standpoint and makes teams scared when he steps out at receiver. Marlon Brown is a proven veteran who struggled greatly last season who has a chance to return better than ever. Jeremy Butler had a very impressive finish to last season, taking a screen for a touchdown although taken back upon further review. Daniel Brown also proved to be a good receiver, snatching a large touchdown against the Dolphins although taken back for doing nothing wrong.

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Matthews’ competition is strong. For Matthews to make the Baltimore Ravens’ roster, he will need to completely out-produce everyone else during training camp and the preseason. Matthews’ talent is unquestioned. But, with the Ravens’ roster so talented, the big question is what team is willing to pick him up if he does not make the Ravens’ roster next season.