The Calgary Stampeders don’t want Chris Matthews to miss any game time if he can help it.
The veteran receiver Matthews signed with the Stamps on Monday, as 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk first reported, and took the field for his first practice Wednesday.
“He doesn’t know our system though and we want to try to get him up to speed so he can play as soon as possible. Whether or not that’ll be this week I don’t know, that’s going to be tough,” Dickenson said.
“But we want to make sure he can be available, so we’re going to work as hard as we can and if we can get him on the field we’re going to do that. He’s got a lot on his plate. He is a pro though he’s been in multiple leagues. We expect him to get as much as he can done.”
Matthews last played in a professional game in October 2017 for the Baltimore Ravens and been out of football until inking a deal in Calgary. He’s suited up in 22 career NFL games, recording 16 receptions for 176 yards and one touchdown. Most notably Matthews caught four passes for 109 yards and one touchdown for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle’s 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
Matthews was the 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie catching 81 balls for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. CFL experience should help Matthews get in the lineup quicker.
If Matthews and Eric Rogers are healthy and on the field together that could create “big time size matchup problems” Dickenson said. Matthews stands six-foot-five and Rogers six-foot-three.