Tag:Clay Matthews
Posted on: September 20, 2010 2:52 pm

Hot Routes 9.20.10 Some box score tidbits

Posted by Andy Benoit

In this week’s 10 Stories That Deserve Your Attention, we focused on how LaDainian Tomlinson appears to be handling a much heavier load than expected for the Jets. This is supposed to be Shonn Greene’s backfield. Well, the man Tomlinson essentially replaced, Thomas Jones, is doing the same thing in Kansas City. Jones carried the ball 22 times against the Browns Sunday (83 yards). Jamaal Charles, who is coming off the bench, had 11 carries (49 yards).

Third-round rookie tight end Tony Moeaki led the Chiefs with five catches for 58 yards.

Ndamukong Sun flashed dominance for the second week in a row. Suh recorded a sack against Michael Vick (he may have gotten away with a facemask on the play) and consistently pushed the interior pocket.

How about these rushing statistics for the Cowboys: Marion Barber 11 carries for 31 yards; Felix Jones 7 carries for 7 yards; Tashard Choice 1 carry for -1 yard. Somehow, you can’t help but think this is Tony Romo’s fault.

Trent Edwards was 11/18 for 102 yards and two picks against the Packers. When Marshawn Lynch ran for 14 yards to end the first quarter, that brought Buffalo’s net yardage on the day back to zero. C. Matthews (US Presswire)

Jermichael Finley has his second career 100-yard game. Expect at least five more this season for the best tight end in the NFC.

Should we just go ahead and vote for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award now? Packers linebacker Clay Matthews had three sacks for the second week in a row. This for a guy who sat out virtually the entire preseason with a hamstring injury.

Actually, we’d better not crown Matthews yet. Mario Williams followed his stellar Week 1 performance with a shimmering outing against the Redskins. Williams recorded three sacks, two tackles for a loss and two pass deflections. It’s safe to say the Texans probably don’t win that game without him.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries against a fairly-staunch Dolphins D. There wasn’t a cheap yard in the bunch. Peterson put on an absolute show late in the second half, showing his familiar powerful burst and uncanny change-of-direction prowess. However, his show came to an abrupt end on the second to last drive, when the Dolphins kept him out of the end zone on four-straight plays from inside the 10.

Chris Johnson had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at 12 by a Steelers D that has given up just one 100-yard rushing performance in its last 36 outings. Johnson managed just 34 yards on 16 carries. He had an 85-yard touchdown called back because of a Eugene Amano holding penalty (even with nose tackle Casey Hampton out, the Titans center had a rough afternoon).

A week after his impressive return to the NFL, Seahawks wideout Mike Williams had just one catch for seven yards against the Broncos.

Wes Welker and Randy Moss were both held to 38 yards receiving.

The Chargers held Maurice Jones-Drew to 31 yards on 12 carries. Rashad Jennings actually got nine carries, producing 38 yards.

Philip Rivers 334 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an unofficial 3 screams at his offensive linemen against the Jaguars.

Shawne Merriman got on the field for the first time all season and recorded three tackles.

Tim Hightower was the lone bright spot for the Cardinals. With Beanie Wells still out with a knee injury, the third-year running back carried the entire load Sunday. Hightower rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in which he showed newfound quickness and acceleration.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:37 pm

Packers serious about using Jenkins at OLB

Posted by Andy Benoit

During the offseason, the Packers flirted with the idea of playing defensive tackle/end Cullen Jenkins at outside linebacker in passing situations. Jenkins has always been one of the most nimble defensive linemen in the game -- particularly in his lateral movement. But you rarely see 304-pound 3-4 defensive linemen move to the two-point stance. C.Jenkins (US Presswire)

Now, the flirtation has turned into what amount to serious dating. Not only is Jenkins getting legitimate reps as a pass-rushing outside linebacker, but defensive coordinator Dom Capers actually moved the front seven’s best athlete, Pro Bowler Clay Matthews, from right outside ‘backer to left outside ‘backer to accommodate Jenkins.

“If you have Clay and Cullen lined up together, there’s no question where protection is going to go,” Capers said in a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, written by Tom Silverstein. “Clay and Cullen are two of our top rushers so you have to keep them rushing as much as you can, from various spots.”

Silverstein goes on to explain:

Matthews finished the regular season last year with 10 sacks, by far the most on the team. Jenkins was next with 4½, a total the Packers would like to see increase, along with their season total of 37 and No. 11 ranking.

Typically on passing downs, Jenkins would line up over the guard in a 2-4-5 formation with Matthews to his right on the outside shoulder of the tackle. The center and guard would double-team Jenkins enough to slow his progress and then the guard would release and help the tackle block Matthews.

In other words, it was a 2-on-3 situation, 2-on-4 if the back stayed in to help block.

Capers’ plan is to free Jenkins and/or Matthews from those kinds of mismatches. In addition, he would like to create some indecision on the other side of the line and make opponents try to figure out when and from where Jenkins is going to rush.

Some of that will involve Jenkins standing up like a linebacker, something he did early in college at Central Michigan. There may be times when he actually drops into coverage rather than rush.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:23 pm

Details of Donald Driver's contract extension

Posted by Andy Benoit

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Post Gazette has the details of Donald Driver’s new contract. Driver signed an extension last week that will keep him with the Packers through 2012. He’ll be 38 when the deal expires.

Driver’s two-year extension left his 2010 pay – roughly $7 million – untouched and gave him $9.6 million plus incentives in 2011 and 2012. If you want to boggle your mind with all the minute details, click here.

In other Packers news, outside linebacker Clay Matthews is out two weeks with a hamstring injury.

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