The Miami Dolphins signed a wide receiver after one of their own went down to injury. Mitch Mathews will join the team after former Miami Hurricanes WR Rashawn Scott went down to injury this week according to multiple sources who spoke with the Miami Herald. The injury is undisclosed at this point, but the team is confident that he will be back in time for training camp.
Mathews went to BYU and went undrafted. He was picked up briefly by the Kansas City Chiefs, but was let go in August. He was then picked up on Cleveland’s practice squad in October, but was released in early November. Before signing with the Dolphins he was with the Minnesota Vikings practice squad in April and May before being released.
The road for Mathews to make the team even through training camp is going to be tough, Obviously the top three receiver positions are locked in with Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker. Then there are several receivers who are the reserves, which includes Leonte Caroo, Jakeem Grant and the injured Scott, all of whom were on the team’s roster last season.
In addition, there are several other guys in camp who are rookies who have their stomachs growling to make the team too. Seventh round pick, Isaiah Ford out of Virginia Tech, and undrafted Drew Morgan (Arkansas). Malcolm Lewis (Miami) and Damre’ea Stringfellow (Ole Miss).
The most impressive receiver out of all the rookies has been Morgan so far, which helps his case. Also Malcolm Lewis has shown some flashes too. The fact that two undrafted rookies are looking so sharp, is tough for a guy like Mitchell to break through. But this is what teams do in order to make sure to maintain healthy competition. Even though Scott is expected to be ready for training camp, having another body in place during other work outs will push the rest of the players. Also for a player like Mitchell who has bounced around from practice squad to practice squad, it’s a chance for him to show he’s good enough to make an active roster. We shall see.