Interestingly, soccer lineups are often full of subtle lies throughout the team. Various teams may list a coach with a particular “role” that may not necessarily be exact to their team’s role. Often these lists list players bigger and taller than they actually are. For example, former New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead was often listed as 5-foot-9, yet his actual size was much closer to 5-foot-7, according to Andy Benoit for the New York Times.
Another example is veteran gunner and “wide receiver” Matthew Slater, a 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection as a special team member. Currently, he is in his 15th season of being registered as a “WR”, which is a bald-faced lie.
As a 15-year pro in the NFL, Slater has recorded one reception. In 2011, the New England Patriots faced the Miami Dolphins, where Slater received a 46-yard catch from Tom Brady. To this day, this is the only capture of him in his career. In fact, the last time he saw a pass, Mac Jones, he was 13 years old.
Will Matthew Slater get another catch for the New England Patriots?
The 37-year-old was a fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2008. Slater proved to be the Swiss Army Knife for the Bruins, returning kicks, playing special teams, playing defensive back and occasionally lining up at WR. However, he too finished his college season with no reception. However, he was strangely labeled a WR once he arrived in New England.
From 2008 to now, sticking with a reception seems almost impossible. Many believe that before he retires, the Patriots will try to get him at least one more reception, however, this may be more difficult than many think.
When WR coach and former Patriot WR Troy Brown was asked about Slater’s receptions, he replied:
“Anything is possible, man. Anything is possible,” Brown said.
Although many want to see Slater get another catch before he retires, it seems that Slater doesn’t want to catch another ball. Veteran DB Devin McCourty explains that he is happy with his role and is not looking to expand it in the future.
“You can ask him. But I don’t think he has any interest and playing offense other than being in a winning formation,” McCourty added. “I think now he’s found a home in what he does for a living.”
Naturally, reporters asked Slater about securing another catch before his retirement, and he responded:
“I think that campaign died a long time ago,” Slater said. “It’s kind of fun to think about that. You know, my career has been so unique. When I hear things like that, it just makes me feel grateful that I was able to have this experience and be a catcher without being a catcher.”
Has Matthew Slater ever scored a touchdown?
Sadly, while Slater seems to have given up on that dream of scoring on the offensive end of the ball or even receiving another catch, that doesn’t mean his entire career has been dull. In fact, he scored his first NFL touchdown of 2019 on a blocked punt!
Overall, he admits they tried to get him involved in the offense years ago, however it never really seemed to work, but Slater found immense happiness in his career and left his mark and legacy without catching a touchdown while playing WR .