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Clay Matthews | Linebacker

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: USC
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Clay Matthews did not play a single snap at outside linebacker in the Week 2 win over the Seahawks.
With Sam Barrington (foot) out for the year, Matthews should play almost exclusively in the middle moving forward. The position will limit his ability to get to the quarterback, but it could result in bigger tackle numbers. Matthews has nine tackles through the first two weeks. Sep 22 - 12:43 PM
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ESPN's Rob Demovsky expects Clay Matthews to spend as much, "if not more," time at inside linebacker than outside this season.

Matthews appears entrenched on the inside in the Packers' base defense. His outside snaps should come when the Pack go with their nickel.
Sep 8 - 7:15 PM

Packers LB Clay Matthews (knee) has resumed practicing.

Matthews had missed the majority of camp thus far. Matthews figures to be babied through the rest of camp, and could conceivably sit out the preseason. It's not a concern for the seventh-year veteran's Week 1 status.
Aug 10 - 1:32 PM

Clay Matthews was listed as an outside linebacker on the Packers' first unofficial depth chart of training camp.

Don't read too much into this. Matthews is expected to play both inside and outside linebacker this year. He moved to the inside in 2014 and will likely line up there in base formations while moving to the outside on passing downs. Matthews has sat out most of training camp with an ankle injury but will be ready for the start of the season.
Aug 9 - 11:36 AM

Clay Matthews lined up at inside linebacker as Packers camp opened.

The plan all along has been for Matthews to play inside in base formations and kick outside on pass downs. He's merely a LB3 for IDP purposes. Nick Perry and Julius Peppers are running as the first-team outside linebackers in the base 3-4.
Jul 30 - 10:28 AM

The Packers are "very serious" about using Clay Matthews at inside linebacker again in 2015.

After failing to address the position this offseason aside from using a fourth-round pick on Jake Ryan, the Packers are left with an uninspiring mix at inside linebacker, led by second-year pro Sam Barrington. Matthews is expected to play inside on base downs and kick outside to rush the passer on third downs.
May 29 - 8:36 AM

According to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, Clay Matthews will "almost certainly" start at inside linebacker in 2015.

The Packers drafted two cornerbacks and a kickoff returner on the first two days, ignoring their perceived hole at inside linebacker. GM Ted Thompson said Friday he feels "fine" about his ILBs. Matthews will play inside on base downs and move back outside to rush the quarterback in sub-packages. Matthews set a career high with 61 tackles and posted 11 sacks in this same role last year.
May 2 - 1:39 AM

Clay Matthews is expecting to play a "good number" of snaps inside once against next season.

Starting in Week 10, the Packers kicked Matthews inside in a lot of their often-used sub packages, a move that was met with excellent results -- especially in run defense. It's not a huge concern for IDP owners, who will get more tackles and also get Matthews in pass-rushing situations on passing downs. He had 8.5 sacks in eight games after the switch, finishing with 11 on the year.
Feb 3 - 9:10 AM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky expects Clay Matthews to continue getting snaps as an inside linebacker Week 12 against the Vikings.

Matthews has played well since debuting in the middle against the Bears Week 10. Matthews has 16 tackles total and two sacks in the last two weeks and is averaging the fifth most fantasy points among linebackers over that span. He will be on the LB1 map against the Vikings.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 10:40:00 AM

Casey Matthews said he doesn't think his brother, Clay, likes playing inside linebacker too much.

Casey is an inside linebacker for the Eagles -- and not a very effective one. Clay was moved inside for Sunday night's game against the Bears and came away with wildly impressive results. However, it's not a position that typically racks up sacks, big plays and State Farm commercials. "He likes getting after the passer, taking on the linemen," Casey said. "I told him to look at it this way: He's the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league. He got a laugh out of that."
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Clay Matthews was moved to inside linebacker for Sunday night's blowout of the Bears.

As the Packers came out of their bye, they made a major adjustment. They put Nick Perry and Julius Peppers at outside linebacker and let Matthews be more versatile as a playmaker in the middle. Obviously, it was a smashing success as he finished with a team-high 11 tackles to go with a sack and two tackles for a loss.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 10:55:00 AM

Clay Matthews (groin) expects to be active for Week 4.

Matthews has been limited in this week's practices, but apparently isn't concerned after leaving Sunday's loss to the Lions early. Coach Mike McCarthy was less optimistic, saying he "(doesn't) have a bead on it yet." Matthews is among the league's more injury-prone stars. It's not a given he'll be ready to go against the Bears.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Clay Matthews (groin) has been limited in this week's practices.

It puts Matthews on track to suit up against the Bears, but his long injury history means his status can't be taken for granted. It's possible the Pack will decide to exercise caution with their linchpin pass rusher's health.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 03:22:00 PM

Clay Matthews was forced from Green Bay's Week 3 loss to the Lions with a groin injury.

Matthews went down midway through the fourth quarter, and did not return. Matthews has been a slow healer in the past, so it's a big concern for the Packers' unimpressive defense.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 03:50:00 PM

Clay Matthews (thumb) says he's not quite 100 percent yet, but was active for the start of training camp.

Matthews, who broke his right thumb twice in three months and undergone a Tommy John-esque surgery on it, was wearing a splint as practice opened. By the time the real games start in six weeks, he expects to have his full grip back and resume his dominating role in Dom Capers' scheme. Despite the injuries, Matthews has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 07:14:00 PM

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