Over the past year I keep seeing this name pop up on critical downs. He’s this big slow looking TE who slips off the block and catches passes. Sometimes even TD passes. I’ve seen his jersey a few times a game and it’s usually when he’s doing something good. The rest of the time he seems like a ghost. My mystery man is Matthew Mulligan and here is a little background on him.
Matthew was born in January 1985, grew up in Maine, played high school ball at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, Maine, and his college career was played for the Maine Black Bears. He did not garner a lot of attention after leaving college and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins in 2008. He didn’t make the team, but did make it to their practice squad. That same season he was released and signed to the Titans practice squad. 2009 saw another move as he signed with the NY Jets. Matthew made the team, but saw limited playing time from 2009-2010. In 2011 he started 9 games for the Jets and was used primarily as a blocker. However, he did make 5 catches for 58 yards.
In 2012 he was picked up by the Rams. He’s started 6 out of his first 12 games and has caught 6 of 7 for 74 yards and a TD. Here is his ESPN Insider scouting report:
Mulligan had been a career backup before securing nine starts in 2011. He is a solid blocker at the point of attack with power to set the edge. He flashes decent quickness and agility as a route runner with the ability to adjust and make a tough catch away from his body.
The Rams seem to be using him effectively on a limited basis. I look forward to seeing his name and his contributions more and more as the season continues. Go Rams!