Matthews will be heading to Los Angeles for the 2019 season after agreeing to a deal with the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
After spending the first decade of his career in Green Bay, Matthews will return to his roots of Southern California and join the Rams. The veteran outside linebacker saw his production drop in recent years, as he posted a career-low 3.5 sacks in 2018 and is coming off consecutive seasons with just 43 tackles. However, he still holds value as an edge rusher when his snaps are limited. He should have no problem carving out a role in the Rams' linebacker rotation in 2019.
Matthews is drawing "significant interest" on the open market, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.
Matthews' free-agency tour has reportedly been delayed by the birth of a new child. While it's not clear which teams are specifically interested in the six-time Pro-Bowler, it seems it won't be long until Matthews finds a new home. The odds of him returning to Green Bay drastically diminished after the team was able to lure in outside linebackers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith this week.
Matthews had 43 tackles (29 solo) and 3.5 sacks over 16 games in 2018.
Matthews could have had a couple more sacks if not for some questionable roughing penalties early on, but regardless, he still finished with the fewest sacks of his 10-year career. Matthews will be a free agent in 2019, and it remains to be seen if the Packers will try to bring him back, or if he will spend next season playing with a team other than the one who drafted him in 2009.
Matthews recorded two tackles (one solo), a sack and a forced fumble across 49 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears.
Matthews now has a sack in back-to-back contests, bringing his season total to four -- which is on pace for a career-low. The veteran will look to continue his sack streak against the Jets on Sunday.
Matthews recorded three solo tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Falcons.
Matthews had been held without a sack in five straight games entering Sunday. The sack gives him 3.5 on the season, which leaves him on pace for the fewest of his career. That being said, he's right on track with his tackle numbers from years past, as he currently boasts 39 through 13 games.
Matthews had five tackles (three solo) and a forced fumble in Thursday's loss at Seattle.
Matthews jarred the ball loose from running back Chris Carson on the first play from scrimmage, leading to a Packers touchdown. However, he was otherwise fairly quiet. The 32-year-old has only 2.5 sacks despite playing in all 10 games so far in 2018.
Matthews recorded four tackles (two solo) and a sack across 37 defensive snaps in Monday's win over the 49ers.
Matthews hasn't seen mire than 45 defensive snaps since Week 2, but the veteran continues to tally sacks despite decreased reps. The upcoming bye week will give Matthews a good opportunity to rest up and heal some nagging injuries before the Packers head to Los Angeles to face the Rams in Week 8.
Matthews recorded five tackles (three solo) and 0.5 sacks across 37 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Bills.
The veteran reached the quarterback for the first time this season after spending the past few weeks in the limelight for controversial roughing the passer calls. The past two weeks Matthews has seen a decline in defensive snaps, in larger part due to several small injuries, which makes him a borderline IDP selection at best.
Despite several injuries at the inside linebacker position during training camp, Matthews "anticipates staying on the edge," according to Packersnews.com. "There's been no talk or mention or even insinuation of me going inside," Matthews said.
Matthews' natural position is as an outside linebacker, and a season of playing to his strengths would be good news for the 32-year-old veteran hoping to bounce back as a playmaker. Matthews logged double-digit sack totals in four of his first six seasons, but he's fallen below that mark each of the last three years. Entering the final year of his contract, playing on the edge could help Matthews bolster his sack totals and boost his value on the open market.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said he has no long-term concerns with Matthews' broken nose, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports
On Saturday, Matthews took a line drive to the face while pitching in a charity softball game. He'll need to undergo surgery in the near future to fix his nose, but the important thing is that he didn't suffer any trauma to his brain. Prior to the incident, Hodkiewicz reported Matthews was back at OTAs last Friday after the linebacker missed a portion of team practices in late May.
Matthews (knee) revealed on his personal Twitter account Saturday he suffered a broken nose and will undergo surgery once the swelling subsides.
Matthews sustained the injury during a charity softball game as he was hit in the face with a line drive while pitching. All in all, it's relatively good news for the veteran linebacker as it's unlikely to have any long-term ramifications. Matthews has been absent from voluntary OTAs as he recovers from hamstring and knee injuries, but he should hopefully be ready for the start of training camp.
Matthews (hamstring) was forced to head to the ER after getting hit in the nose by a line drive during a charity softball game Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The belief at this point in time is that Matthews just suffered a broken nose, which is a positive because the result could have been worse. The veteran linebacker was already absent from OTAs in order to nurse his hamstring, and this situation will likely keep him sidelined longer. He should still presumably be ready for training camp, but expect a more detailed update on his status once the Packers provide more clarity on the situation.
Matthews (hamstring) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Once healthy, Matthews will prepare to be featured at inside and outside linebacker in a move to keep offenses on their toes. With an $11.3 million cap hit in an offseason that the Packers were willing to rid themselves of excess salaries, it's a stroke of confidence in Matthews' value to this struggling unit. With four double-digit sack totals in his first six seasons, Matthews hasn't reached that mark during the last three years. The Packers signed pass rusher Muhammad Wilkerson and bolstered their secondary, so a scheme change could be the last checkmark allow Matthews to uncork his full potential.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said Matthews (knee) will be used at both inside and outside linebacker in 2018, Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal reports. "[Matthews] is at his best when he's creating targeting issues for the offense. When you line a premier player like Clay up in just one spot, you actually make it easier for the offense to identify and get to him with protection calls. It will be important for us to move Clay around, and that will be part of the new defense," McCarthy explained Tuesday.
Green Bay is retooling its defensive scheme this offseason under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Matthews, who's logged double-digit sacks in multiple seasons over the course of his career, is an outside linebacker by trade but has been forced into playing inside linebacker in recent seasons when injuries hit other members of the Packers' linebacking corps. The presence of up-and-coming inside linebackers Blake Martinez -- who tied for the league lead with 144 tackles in 2017 -- and Jake Ryan would suggest Matthews will see most of his playing time come on the edge in 2018 -- especially given Green Bay's lack of depth at outside -- but McCarthy's comments suggest Matthews is ticketed for a more versatile role. This makes Matthews an intriguing IDP prospect ahead of the upcoming campaign, as the pass-rusher could also be a consistent source of tackles depending on how much playing time he actually sees on the inside.
Matthews underwent knee surgery last week, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
The procedure is being described as a "cleanup," but Matthews hadn't dealt with any reported knee issues this season, so it's an interesting development for the linebacker. Although there doesn't appear to be much concern about his health heading into the 2018 campaign, Matthews could be asked to restructure his contract this offseason, as he's scheduled to make $11.4 million in salary and bonuses. The 31-year-old finished the 2017 season 43 tackles (27 solo), 7.5 sacks and a fumble recovery across 14 outings.
Matthews finished the 2017 season with 44 tackles (28 solo), 8.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery over 14 games.
Matthews finished the season strong, totaling six sacks from Week 11 onward, to finish with his most sacks since 2014. He may no longer be the threat on the edge he once was, but is likely in the Packers' plans for 2018 with one year left on his contract.
Matthews (hamstring) is active Week 17 against the Lions.
Matthews will return after sitting out Week 16, but the veteran linebacker could still see his snaps scaled back with little on the line for the Packers in the regular-season finale. Green Bay used six of its seven inactive spots on players that had already been ruled out prior to Sunday morning, so it's possible they are suiting up players at much less than 100 percent out of necessity. It's unclear if Matthews fits that bill after logging limited practices all week, but it still wouldn't be wise to hold high expectations from him as an IDP. With Nick Perry (ankle/shoulder) on IR, Matthews should see most of the double teams from the Lions.
Matthews (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Matthews was a limited participant in practice this week after sitting out the team's Week 16 loss to the Vikings. The Packers are already eliminated from the playoffs, which could lead to team to be more cautious with the veteran linebacker. A Matthews absence would likely lead to Ahmad Brooks and Vince Biegel seeing an uptick in snaps.
Matthews (hamstring) is listed as inactive for Saturday's game against the Vikings.
Seeing as Matthews was kept off the practice field for the entire week and this game has little meaning for the Packers, this isn't very surprising. Matthews has racked up 7.5 sacks this season, his best since the 2014 campaign. Expect veteran Ahmad Brooks and rookie Vince Biegel to slot into an increased role Saturday.
Matthews (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Vikings, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Matthews failed to practice all week after playing 46 of 75 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. The veteran linebacker has only missed one game this season, due to a lingering groin injury. If he is ruled out, look for Ahmad Brooks and Vince Biegel to see increased defensive reps.
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