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5 Things to Know About New Vikings WR Mitch Mathews

View images of WR Mitch Mathews who signed with the Vikings Thursday from his days with the Kansas City Chiefs and at BYU.

The Vikings announced the addition of wide receiver Mitch Mathews to the roster on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Mathews is an Oregon native who played collegiately at Brigham Young University.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings newest wide receiver:


1. NFL experience

The Vikings are the third NFL team that Mathews has joined. He was signed by Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent time with the Chiefs in training camp. He was released and later spent part of the 2016 season on Cleveland's practice squad.


2. BYU

He played four seasons at BYU, appearing in 41 career games. Mathews had 152 receptions for 2,083 yards (13.7 yards per catch) and 24 touchdowns. Mathews' 12 scoring grabs as a senior ranked 12th in the nation during the 2015 campaign.


3. A hope and a prayer

Mathews' most memorable moment in college came in BYU's season-opening 33-28 win at Nebraska. The wide receiver hauled in 42-yard Hail Mary as time expired to give the Cougars a stunning win over the Cornhuskers. The play can be seen here.


4. Man on a mission

Mathews graduated from Southridge High School in Beaverton, Oregon, in 2009 and promptly redshirted his freshman year at BYU. He then took two years off from football to fulfill his Mormon mission, which he served in Orlando, Florida.


5. A head above the class

Mathews is listed at 6-foot-5, which makes him the tallest wide receiver on the Vikings roster. The next-tallest receiver is Moritz Böhringer, who is 6-4. Offensive linemen Alex Boone and Reid Fragel are the tallest Vikings at 6-8.

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