By John Boyle
The Seahawks may have just signed the frontrunner to earn the role of long-shot training camp darling. Every year, somebody who enters camp as an unknown makes some big plays in practice or in preseason games, and soon becomes a fan favorite, or becomes the subject of numerous stories about the underdog who just might make the team.
Which brings us back to today’s signing of receiver Chris Matthews to a futures contract.
Matthews, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 227 pounds, went undrafted out of Kentucky, and after a brief stint Cleveland (where, yes, he was the subject of some features about his potential), Matthews went to the Canadian Football League. In 2012, Matthews had 81 catches for 1,192 yards and 7 touchdowns playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, earning CFL rookie of the year honors. Matthews missed most of last season because of injuries, but is healthy now according to this story in the Winnipeg Sun. That article also notes that, according to Matthews’ agent, he could fit in in the NFL as something of a receiver/tight end hybrid.
Matthews was a standout at Dorsey High School and played at Los Angeles Harbor College before transferring to Kentucky, so it’s a safe bet that Pete Carroll is at least somewhat familiar with the receiver.
Here’s video of Matthews from his time at Kentucky:
And from his career in Winnipeg, where he caught passes from former WSU quarterback Alex Brink: