This post isn’t intended to be a Jaguar news article, but rather a campaign. A campaign you ask? Yes a campaign…. for Jaguar wide receiver John Matthews. In the pre-season he is leading the team in touchdowns, but more than that, he has excited a fan base. Every morning this week, I’ve heard callers on sports radio talking about this young man. Rumor has it that he will be relegated to the practice squad. Note to Jaguar GM Gene Smith, “What if”.
What is he is a hidden gem? What if he is the Next Wes Welker? What if he got a shot this season to play in a real NFL game with the first string offense. Let’s face it, if the Jaguars chose to keep Matthews and cut Troy Williamson would that be such a huge loss if Matthews didn’t pan out?
There have been many circumstances in the past where a Coach or GM took a gamble and gave a player like Matthews a shot. Sometimes it has paid huge dividends and many times at the wide receiver position. Take Welker for example. Despite being undrafted, only one player in NFL history, Gale Sayers, had more all-purpose yards in his first three NFL seasons than Welker did with the Dolphins. He also holds the three highest single season reception totals in Patriots history, and is the only receiver in NFL history to record at least 110 receptions in three consecutive seasons.
After this organization has taken to so many risks with the likes of Reggie Williams and Matt Jones, don’t you think the Jaguars could afford to take a chance when they so desperately need production from the receiving corps?
I don’t have a crystal ball and I am not saying that John Matthews is going to be the next Wes Welker. I am simply saying “What if”.