July 8, 2012
Scorching start for MatthewsBlue wideout has started CFL career with a bang
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - He is off to one of the hottest starts a CFL rookie receiver has ever had, and he is already making Bomber fans forget about the free agent defection of Greg Carr to the Edmonton Eskimos.
Chris Matthews hauled in eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown during Friday night’s 41-30 loss to the host Montreal Alouettes. That came one week after he had five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown against the B.C. Lions in his first regular-season pro game.
The Sun examined hot starts by first-year CFL receivers two years ago when Terence Jeffers-Harris bolted out of the gates for the Bombers. It turns out Matthews is having a better start to his career than players like Arland Bruce III, Terrence Edwards and Geroy Simon, and depending on how he performs in his next two games could surpass the starts of other elite CFL pass catchers.
Of course, we’re not saying Matthews is the next coming of Milt Stegall. All you have to do is look at Jeffers-Harris, who is already out of the CFL despite his impressive debut two summers ago.
The future, however, looks bright for Matthews, who is only 22 years old. He’s shown the ability to get open in coverage, and he’s not afraid to make the tough catch. The fact he’s 6-foot-5 doesn’t hurt, either.
Matthews, whose only pro experience before arriving in Winnipeg was attending Cleveland Browns camp last summer, leads the Bombers with 13 receptions, 179 yards and two touchdowns through two games.
Notable recent and current receivers, and how they've performed in their first four CFL games.
Player Year Rec. Yds TDs
*Milt Stegall 1995 20 380 3
Terence Jeffers-Harris 2010 18 325 3
*Romby Bryant 2008 17 309 1
*Derrell Mitchell 1997 15 273 3
*Kelly Campbell 2008 14 269 2
*Jason Tucker 2002 14 267 0
Jamel Richardson 2003 17 233 1
Chris Matthews 2012 13 179 2**
Weston Dressler 2008 9 170 2
Arland Bruce III 2001 11 164 1
Derick Armstrong 2001 10 131 0
*Terrence Edwards ’05-06 11 115 0
Ben Cahoon 1998 6 112 0
Jeremaine Copeland 2001 7 109 0
Geroy Simon 1999 11 93 0
*Fred Stamps 2007 9 81 0
Kerry Watkins 2004 4 36 0
*came to CFL with pro experience
**after two games