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Dolphins Teammate of the Week: Rishard Matthews

Last Monday, the Miami Dolphins lost an ugly game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, it's wasn't because o f a lack of effort on the part of wide receiver Rishard Matthews that the Dolphins dropped the game.

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Talk about announcing your presence as an offensive weapon.  Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews did that in a big way on Monday night.  Despite the Dolphins losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Matthews had a career game as he establishes himself as the third receiver for quarterback Ryan Tannehill, replacing the injured Brandon Gibson.

Matthews caught 11 of the 14-passes thrown his way for 120-yards.  He also found pay dirt twice, once on a pass to him in the back of the endzone and once on a 19-yard bubble screen catch and run.  He became the first Dolphins receiver to ever have 11-receptions with two-touchdowns in a single game.

In comparison, no one else in the game had more than five receptions (Brian Hartline, 5 rec, 57 yards).  The next closes yardage total was just over half of Matthews', with Tampa Bay's Tiquan Underwood going for 64-yards on three-receptions.

It was an ugly loss for the Dolphins, and a tough one to grasp for Dolphins fans, as Miami became the lone "W" in the Buccaneers' 1-8 record this season.  But, it was not for a lack of effort from Matthews that Miami dropped the game.

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