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Clay Matthews | Linebacker | #52

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / GB
Contract: view contract details

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The NFL will interview Clay Matthews next month about an Al-Jazeera report that linked Matthews and others to performance enhancing drugs.
The interview will be conducted when Packers camp opens on July 29. Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and James Harrison will be interviewed as well. It's unclear if Peyton Manning, who was also named in the report, will be asked to meet with league officials. Charlie Sly, a former intern at The Guyer Institute in Indiana, connected Matthews and others to PEDs but has since retracted his allegations. Jun 24 - 1:26 PM
Source: USA Today

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Clay Matthews is getting the "majority" of his snaps at outside linebacker this offseason.

That was the expectation all along, but Matthews is undoubtedly happy it has come to fruition. "As I've continued to say, I think (outside linebacker) is my most natural position, my most impactful position," Matthews said, "and I think we'll see that on a more consistent basis this season." After rushing the passer on less than a third of his snaps last season, Matthews should be allowed to hunt the quarterback much more often this year.
Jun 4 - 8:57 AM

Coach Mike McCarthy wants Clay Matthews to move back to outside linebacker in 2016.

After ILB Sam Barrington went down early in the season with an ankle injury, the Packers were again forced to kick Matthews inside due to a complete lack of depth and experience at the position. Green Bay is paying Matthews to sack the quarterback, but he only amassed 6.5 of them in 2015, his second-lowest single-season total of his career. The Packers will certainly address it this offseason, especially with Julius Peppers getting older and Nick Perry a free agent.
Jan 18 - 6:25 PM

Packers ILB Clay Matthews believes he is improving in pass coverage.

"Whether it's knowing route concepts, knowing where to match up, playing man-to-man...I do think I'm getting better at it," Matthews said. "I'd like to think I can do the job the coaches ask of me." Matthews gave up two touchdown passes over the first eight games, but he has not allowed a single score and given up just one play of more than 20 yards since. Matthews probably was not deserving of the Pro Bowl selection at middle linebacker, but he is certainly showing improvement at his new position.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:35:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 12:43:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 07:15:00 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.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 01:32:00 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.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 11:36:00 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.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 10:28:00 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.
Fri, May 29, 2015 08:36:00 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.
Sat, May 2, 2015 01:39:00 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.
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 09:10:00 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

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