Matthews (undisclosed) is dealing with a minor injury and remains limited at OTAs, Jason Wolf of the Tennessean reports.
The Titans don't seem worried about Matthews' long-term outlook, as the receiver has reportedly been present with his team on the practice field without mention of any type of cast or brace on his body. While it isn't clear what sort of injury Matthews is dealing with, his limitations at this stage in the offseason aren't a big deal. His absence in team drills has allowed Corey Davis to operate as the clear No. 1 wideout.
Matthews was present, but he did not participate in Tuesday's OTA session, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports. Coach Mike Vrabel indicated Matthews will be worked back into the fold this offseason but wouldn't disclose if he is dealing with an injury.
After Matthews' breakout 2016 campaign (65 catches for 945 yards and nine touchdowns), his production dipped significantly in 2017 to just 53 catches for 795 yards and four scores. The team didn't make any major additions to the position this offseason, suggesting management trusts Matthews to serve in the lead role again in 2018. The emergence of a second consistent threat at receiver would likely assist Matthews' cause. Second-year wideout Corey Davis is the top returning receiver outside of Matthews from a season ago, but he snagged just 34 passes during his rookie campaign.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson doesn't anticipate adding any marquee wide receivers, as he's happy with the current group led by Matthews, Corey Davis, Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe, Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com reports.
Matthews and Davis appear locked in as starters, while Taylor and Sharpe could compete for the No. 3 role that Eric Decker occupied last season. Matthews missed two games last year and failed to live up to his breakout 2016 campaign, but he at least remained efficient with his opportunities by catching 53 of 87 targets (60.9 percent) for 795 yards (9.2 per target) and four touchdowns in 14 games. The Titans presumably envision a future with Davis serving as the top option and Matthews in more of a supporting role. It remains to be seen if that actually happens, as Davis averaged only 5.8 yards on 65 targets as a rookie and didn't find the end zone until the second round of the playoffs.
Matthews came away with just three catches for 27 yards on eight targets in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to the Patriots.
Matthews faded badly down the stretch, totaling just seven catches for 97 yards in his final four appearances after averaging more than four receptions and 60 yards per contest in his first 12 games played. With tight end Delanie Walker still playing a major role in this passing game and rookie first rounder Corey Davis establishing himself as quarterback Marcus Mariota's go-to wide receiver late in the year, it wouldn't be surprising to see Matthews' recent decline carry over into next season.
Matthews was held to a 15-yard catch on two targets in Saturday's 22-21 win over Kansas City in the wild-card round.
After catching at least three balls in each of his first 12 appearances this season, Matthews has totaled just four receptions over the past three games. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw two touchdown passes in this one, but they went to himself and Eric Decker. While Matthews has been quiet of late, his 13 touchdowns since the start of last season suggest he's still capable of being a difference-maker as the playoffs unfold.
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