Matthews caught three of five targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 37-16 win over Jacksonville.
Matthews finished second only to tight end Delanie Walker in receiving yards, but this was still a disappointing performance considering fellow wide receiver Corey Davis sat much of this one out after his hamstring injury flared up. Four other Titans racked up at least 30 receiving yards as quarterback Marcus Mariota spread the ball around. With more mouths to feed in the passing attack this year and a run-heavy approach in close, it's tough to see Matthews replicating last season's 945 yards and nine touchdowns.
Matthews added the eighth catch last week on Tennessee's first scoring drive, when he and quarterback Marcus Mariota hooked up for a 19-yard pass on third-and-10. In all, three of his five catches last week went for first downs when facing a third-down situation. This serves to highlight the trust and chemistry Matthews has established with Mariota. Ideally, the Titans won't need to convert on third-and-10 or longer too many times, but it's another data point in favor of inserting Matthews into fantasy starting lineups.
Matthews caught five of nine targets for 71 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Raiders.
Matthews finished with a similar line to fellow starting wideout Corey Davis, who amassed two fewer yards on one more target. The former Dolphin scored nine times in last season's final 12 weeks, but was kept out of the end zone along with the rest of Tennessee's passing game in this 26-16 loss. Between Matthews, Davis, Eric Decker and tight end Delanie Walker, there are a lot of mouths to feed on an offense that ran the ball the third-most in the league last year at 47.2 percent of offensive plays.
Matthews caught three of five targets for 54 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Bears.
Matthews' team-high total included a 26-yard reception from starting quarterback Marcus Mariota. With Eric Decker (ankle) and Corey Davis (hamstring) still working their way back from injuries, Matthews' importance as the Titans' No. 1 wideout could be magnified early on.
Matthews (personal) will be back with the team Monday, Paul Kuharsky of 1045 The Zone reports.
Matthews missed Saturday's exhibition due to a personal matter, not due to any injury. Should everything go well in practice this week, the receiver should be set to play at least the first half of Sunday's third preseason contest against the Bears, according to Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site.
|4||10/1/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/16/17||@ PIT||8:25 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ SF||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|