The Seahawks, known to be searching for another big receiver, today signed a potentially intriguing option — Chris Matthews, a 6-5, 227-pounder who has played the past two seasons in the Canadian Football League.
Matthews had 81 receptions for 1,192 yards in 2012 for Winnipeg, when he was named the CFL’s Rookie of the Year.
What this story refers to as “an assortment of injuries” held him to just 14 catches in 2013.
The linked story above detailed Matthews’ decision-making process in deciding to pursue his NFL dream and also included this paragraph on his potential NFL future:
Matthews likely isn’t quick enough to be a wide receiver in the NFL, and he’s probably not thick enough to be a tight end. So Edwards believes his client will be used as a hybrid receiver, lining up between tight end and the slot receiver position.
Matthews is a Los Angeles native who played at Dorsey High, so Pete Carroll and the other USC coaches on the Seattle staff have obviously known of him for some time. Here’s a story with good background on his Dorsey days, where he played on a loaded team that also included future UCLA stars Rahim Moore and Johnathan Franklin.
Here is some video of Matthews in 2012 catching a TD pass from former WSU QB Alex Brink.
And here is some video from his Kentucky days: