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Ravens sign near Super Bowl hero Chris Matthews to the practice squad

The former Seahawk was cut six days ago, and the receiver needy Ravens snatched him up

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The Ravens chances of making the playoffs are basically nil at this point, so this season becomes all about player evaluation for 2016 and beyond. Joe Flacco and Justin Forsett being injured for the season was the final nail in the coffin, and the expectation is that this team will be lucky to win more than 1 more game.

The goal going forward is player evaluation, so it is no surprise that the Ravens added a new player at one of the hardest hit positions, wide receiver:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Harbaugh says that the Ravens have signed WR Chris Matthews to practice squad. Had big Super Bowl.</p>&mdash; Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) <a href="">November 23, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Matthews was a special teams ace before last years Super Bowl, with a whopping 54 yards receiving in his 2 years in the NFL. But in the Super Bowl, he doubled that amount with and 109 yard game against the Patriots, with a touchdown.

He was unable to build on that this year, only contributing 4 receptions in the 9 games he played. In his defense, the Seahawks offense is run heavy, with a bad offensive line, and no receiver has had much success this season.

The Ravens hope the 6"5 219 lb receiver out of Kentucky, who is cousins with NFL great Reggie White, can show that he can contribute. The fact that Matt Schaub is the QB throwing to him and not Joe Flacco is a negative, as it will prevent him from creating chemistry with the Ravens franchise QB, so Matthews will just have to make the best of the opportunity in front of him. For now, he is on the practice squad while he learns the playbook. But I expect we will see him on the roster sooner rather than later.