An exciting training camp position battle has emerged; Chris Matthews and Quincy Adeboyejo battling neck-and-neck for a spot on the final 53. From big-bodied catches, fending off defenders, to deep routes with over-the-shoulder receptions, both are producing a great camp.
Tale of the Tape
Chris Matthews: 6’5” 241 lbs.
What a better time to have the game of your life than in the Super Bowl. That’s what happened with Chris Matthews, posting 109 yards and 1 TD catch against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Two weeks prior, Matthews contributed on special teams, recovering the Seattle Seahawks onside kick during their comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFC Championship.
Since then, Matthews has battled to play in the NFL. Back in November of 2015, Chris joined the Ravens practice squad. Less than a month later, he was elevated to the 53-man roster.
In 2016, Chris tore a ligament in his thumb during a preseason game, forcing him to spend the season on Injured Reserve.
Chris’ play this camp will make it hard for a coach to cut him. He’s received praise from Special Teams Coach Jerry Rosburg during drills, completed big time sideline catches, and the size-speed combo are desired on a team full of speed.
Quincy Adeboyejo: 6’3” 197 lbs.
An undrafted rookie from Ole Miss, his biggest knock against him was inconsistent hands. During camp, he’s shown zero indication. Big play after big catch, Quincy is relied upon with the second string on the field.
During today’s final team drill, the offense drove down the field, largely due to his 40 yard catch along the far sideline. A play later the offense scored a touchdown.
These two receivers are exactly what the Ravens are searching for. Tough receivers capable of a full route tree. Fans should definitely watch them both battle it out in stadium practices and preseason contests. Once the defense can hit, one may shine. Hopefully though, both produce quality play and the Ravens prove they can develop a receiver while also acquiring their yearly UDFA-turned-roster-player.