In today’s NFL, it’s no secret that the fastest growing position is the slot receiver. Smaller, faster receivers who are too quick for any defensive player on the inside and operate in the shallow and intermediate. Nowadays, slot receivers are asked to perform many tasks, making their versatility invaluable to an offense. The most successful slot receivers in the NFL are guys who seemingly have been perpetually overlooked and underdrafted. Players like Doug Baldwin, Danny Amendola, Taylor Gabriel, Cole Beasley, and Willie Snead have had major roles and production despite all of them being undrafted.
The next guy that could join this group is Portsmouth, RI native and Bryant University senior Matt Sewall. At 5’10” and 185 pounds, “Matty” has consistently been labeled as too small. Despite this, he found himself garnering Player of the Year honors in High School and playing FCS football. Matt’s older brother Bobby played wide receiver at Brown University before playing for the Tennessee Titans during the Vince Young era, then briefly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Matt’s determination, he just might find himself equaling and potentially surpassing his older brother’s accomplishments.
Q: Your the youngest sibling and come from a family of athletes, can you speak on how that was growing up?
A: It was great being able to see my siblings all play college sports, Bobby playing football at Brown, Caitlan playing soccer at Assumption College, and Megan playing basketball at Rhode Island College then rowing at NC State, and always trying to live up to them. Seeing Bobby go through the draft process was invaluable. On draft day, once the 7th round started he began to get a bunch of calls and as soon as the draft was over he signed with the Titans which made all of us happy. He’s setting me up with finding the right representative, and getting me to as many regional combines and in front of as many scouts as possible.
Q: How did you end up at Bryant, and do you feel as though you were overlooked by bigger schools despite being Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year?
A: That’s something I think about all the time and use as motivation and fuel to get better. It made the chip on my shoulder even bigger. I chose Bryant because it was a program on the rise and had plans of building brand new facilities. As well as it being close to home which allowed my friends and family to come watch me play.
Q: Describe the feelings of your last game, scoring the go-ahead touchdown and finishing with a winning record?
A: That day was very emotional, being about to play one last game with all of my boys and cumulating all of the hard work and grind of the season. Scoring that touchdown was just icing on the cake.
Q: A lot of people who watch you play describe you as competitive, fiery, or emotional. Where does that compete factor come from?
A: That just comes from loving the game. I’ve always had that edge ever since Pop Warner, and it’s something that I’ve had to be able to control. My coaches have always done a good job of letting me be confident and emotional on the field but finding the happy medium and trying to stay even keeled.
Q: Do you have any plans to play in any All Star games?
A: The FCS Senior Bowl in Texas this January. Also, the plan is to get in front of scouts at as many combines as I can attend, as well as Bryant’s pro day.
Q: Do you have any goals as far as your measurable?
A: I have a list with averages of similarly built players that are my goals to achieve. Run a 4.4 40 yard dash or lower, have a 42 inch vertical jump or higher, rep 225 pounds for 15 on the bench press, and have a top five 20 yard shuttle in the country at 4.00 or faster. I’ll be working with Mike Boyle in Boston who helped my brother Bobby run a 4.37 40 yard dash and vertical jump 42 inches at his Pro Day.
Q: Is there any player in the NFL that you compare yourself to?
A: A lot of people would say Ryan Switzer or Julian Edelman, but I like to try and model my game after Antonio Brown. He has every trait that you could ask for from a wide receiver, and that’s something I wish to emulate.
Q: Give an elevator pitch to an NFL General Manager, why should they take a chance on you?
A: If they take a chance on me, they’re getting a player with a chip on his shoulder who has always been overlooked. I’ve always been one of the smallest players on the field, coming from one of the smallest towns in the smallest state and that’s always driven me. I’m a hard worker and I’m obsessed with getting better. They would also be getting a great teammate who is equally as happy when his teammates have success.
Q: Who do you have winning the College Football Playoff?
A: It’s not that I’m rooting against them, it’s just that they’re always there, but I’d have to say Alabama.