Matthews (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Matthews was a limited participant in practice Friday, which had also been the case in the Bills' other two sessions earlier in the week. Since Matthews wasn't absent for any practices, it's generally expected that he'll play Sunday, but his fantasy upside will remain fairly limited with the Bills breaking in a new starting quarterback in rookie Nathan Peterman for the Week 11 matchup.
Matthews (knee) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.
With back-to-back limited practices to kick off the week, Matthews could be trending toward a questionable designation for Sunday's game against the Chargers. If he puts in a full practice Friday and earns clearance for the weekend, however, Matthews will look to build his in-game rapport with rookie Nathan Peterman, who was named the team's new starting quarterback Wednesday. In Week 10 while Tyrod Taylor was under center, Matthews caught just one of two targets for 14 yards in the Bills' 47-10 loss to the Saints.
Considering Matthews is on the practice field in any capacity to begin Week 11 preparations, it's assumed that his injury is a minor one. The knee issue might explain why Matthews was limited to just one catch for 14 yards on two targets in Sunday's blowout loss to the Saints. That production came with Tyrod Taylor under center for the Bills, but Matthews will now have to adjust to a new signal caller this weekend against the Chargers with McDermott announcing Wednesday that rookie Nathan Peterman would take over as the starting quarterback.
Matthews caught just one of two passes for 14 yards during Sunday's blowout loss to the Saints.
Matthews has become the No. 2 wideout following the addition of Kelvin Benjamin. The former saw the third most snaps of Buffalo wideouts in this one (75 percent), though Deonte Thompson (who saw 81 percent while Benjamin saw 85 percent) likely got extra playing time due to the blowout nature of the game. The bottom line is this is a run-based offense on a team that's starting to struggle, and while Tyrod Taylor is accurate enough to give some of his wide receivers productive games, it's going to be hard to pinpoint who that is in any given week, especially with Benjamin around. Matthews has yet to go over 61 yards in eight games as a Bill.
Matthews brought in six of eight targets for 46 yards in Thursday's 34-21 loss to the Jets. He also lost a fumble.
Matthews also appeared to have hit pay dirt late in the fourth quarter on a five-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor, but the call was reversed on instant replay when it was ruled that the receiver hadn't broken the plane of the goal line. The 25-year-old did log his best reception and target totals of the season, although his late first-half fumble at the Jets' 31-yard line snuffed out a chance to forge a 10-10 tie before intermission. Matthews has yet to tally more than 61 yards receiving in any game this season and now has single-digit YPC figures in four straight contests. He also faces a threat for targets and his No. 1 receiver designation from the recently acquired Kelvin Benjamin, who should be ready to take the field in Week 10 against the Saints. Despite the presumption that he'll see a further downturn in production due to Benjamin's arrival, it's also conceivable that the presence of another capable pass catcher will open up more opportunities for Matthews.
|11||11/19/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
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