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WR Aaron Mathews Prepares for NFL Draft

Jeff Hathhorn
April 24, 2020 - 11:59 am
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Pitt wide receiver Aaron Mathews’ highlight play was a touchdown pass to beat nationally ranked Central Florida. 

It kinds of sums up Mathews’ career at Pitt, there aren’t huge receiving numbers, however he did so much as a blocker and special teams to help his teammates.

“I need to show everything because I feel like I didn’t get to put as much out there with my numbers at Pitt,” Mathews said.  “With the opportunity to play in front of a team with a system built for me, I feel like I can take advantage of it.”

Mathews only caught 44 passes in 48 games with the Panthers and had his only touchdown reception as a senior.  The 6’4”, 220 pounder did average 16.9 yards a reception in his final year.

Mathews has been working out in the Philadelphia area with a few former Panther teammates.  Mathews says he won’t let the coronavirus affect his preparations because “all you need is a little bit of grass to get some work in”.

He may draft prep in Philly, but is proud to play for his hometown Panthers.  And maybe prouder too to be a Bear.

“Clairton is with me all of the way,” Mathews said.  “I always get calls from people back home saying that they support me.  They always have my back.”

A fellow Pitt and Clairton receiver, he often talks with another, Cincinnati Bengals second round pick Tyler Boyd.  He says they don’t talk football, just “normal stuff”.

A few NFL teams on the East Coast have talked to Mathews about putting some weight on and potentially being a vertical tight end.

Mathews is just anxious to see where he lands and has been working out a lot to pass the time.

“I will give it my all,” Mathews said of an opportunity in the NFL.  “Show them I can play with anybody and make a team better.” 

“I can bring wins to the table, honestly.”

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