Initial Reaction: New York Jets Sign WR Rishard Matthews

Greg Armstrong with his initial reaction to the Rishard Matthews signing…

The New York Jets are dipping their toe in the receiver market. Adam Schefter reported that the Jets are signing former Titans recevier Rishard Matthews.

This makes a lot of sense for a team who’s wide receiver depth suddenly looked barren. Bringing in Matthews bolsters a receiver group who had Andre Roberts starting as their WR3 on Sunday behind Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. With Quincy Enunwa hurt and Terrelle Pryor no longer on the roster, a move had to be made.

Matthews isn’t that far removed from a good campaign with the Titans. From 2015-2017, he tallied 118 receptions (195 targets) with 1,740 yards and 13 touchdowns. Pretty good for being in a Titans offense that had no clue what it was doing.

Matthews might have just been sick of being in Tennessee before asking for his release earlier this season. A change of scenery might be good for him. It can’t hurt to add a guy of his caliber to a Jets team that is in need of weapons even more so after watching the loss Sunday against the Vikings.

Matthews gives the Jets a much needed weapon opposite of Anderson. Jermaine Kearse didn’t look 100% Sunday and outside of him and Anderson, the Jets receivers are just a bunch of guys. Roberts, Charone Peake and Deontay Burnett won’t cut it. This is a good signing for the Jets.