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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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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

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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

Clay Matthews (thumb) is sitting out OTAs, but expects to be ready for training camp.

"I’m doing everything I can to get out there as soon as I can," Matthews said. "I don’t see there being any hindrance towards the beginning of the season, towards camp. But obviously I am speaking a few months in advance." Matthews' injury was an aggravation of an earlier one, so there's no way he'll return to the practice field before the Pack are certain the issue is behind him.
Thu, May 29, 2014 08:22:00 PM

Clay Matthews (thumb) admitted he probably won't do much at OTAs but fully expects to be ready for training camp.

"I can't imagine I'll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff (at OTAs)," Matthews said. "I'm sure I can do stuff here and there. But yeah, we risked it once." Matthews broke his thumb twice last season and underwent two separate surgeries, so the Packers are going to ease him back. With Julius Peppers in the fold, Matthews also expects to see fewer double-teams in 2014.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 01:21:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews' surgically-repaired thumb has "knitted together well," and isn't expected to be an issue in 2014.

Matthews' 2013 was twice derailed by a "Bennett's fracture," but time has apparently healed all wounds. Two months shy of his 28th birthday, Matthews enters 2014 with 50 sacks across 69 career games.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Clay Matthews had the pins removed from his right thumb Friday.

Matthews likely would have been able to play in the Super Bowl had the Packers made it. Instead, he's now focusing on getting the thumb he broke twice in three months back to 100 percent. Matthews, still just 27 years old, will be a near lock to bounce back in 2014. He has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games.
Source: FOX Sports
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 10:39:00 AM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) has been ruled out for the Wild Card round.

Get used to this. Matthews didn't even travel with the Packers to Soldier Field in Week 17, and is out indefinitely. With Nick Perry benched again, Green Bay wound up starting Mike Neal and Andy Mulumba at outside linebacker.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 06:02:00 PM