Kevin Matthews was the first to make his way onto the field for the Redskins’ final minicamp practice Wednesday, and judging by his effort the third-year center has plans to stay.
“You always have to have the mindset that you’re going to make the team,” Matthews said. “I wouldn’t continue to try to play if I didn’t think I had an opportunity to come and help out the team, so obviously I feel like I have a 100 percent chance,” said Matthews.
Will Montgomery has started every Redskins game at center for the past two seasons, so Matthews knows it won’t be easy to take his spot. He has to show the coaches he can learn and improve from play to play.
“I need to improve every day. I can’t come out and have down days; I can’t make the same mistakes,” said Matthews. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making the mistake once, the problem is when you keep making the same one.”
His philosophy didn’t work as well as planned in his previous stop. The Missouri City, Texas, native was let go by the Tennessee Titans after two seasons — one of them under the supervision of his father, Hall of Fame offensive lineman and current Titans O-line coach Bruce Matthews.
Given a chance to start fresh with the Redskins, Matthews was pleased with his performance in minicamp.
“Coming over to a new team and learning a new offense, I thought I picked it up well,” he said. “There’s always stuff to improve on, but all in all it went pretty well.”
With the pressures of having a father in the Hall of Fame, 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Clay Matthews as a cousin and a younger brother, Jake, projected to be a top pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Texas A&M, only time will tell how successful Kevin Matthews will be.
For now, he is only focused on making Washington’s roster.
“It’s just up to me going out there and proving it to the guys that I can provide something to help this team out.”