28-Year-Old Defensive End – Arizona Cardinals
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
While he landed on injured reserve in 2011 and spent time on the IR/designated-to-return list last season, Shaughnessy has been relatively healthy in his career, logging completing 16-game slates in h...
Matt Shaughnessy Contract Information:
Re-signed with the Cardinals in March of 2014.
Shaughnessy has moved from outside linebacker to defensive end this offseason, the Cardinals' official site reports. "We can always stand him up in run defense if we want to do that," coach Bruce Arians said. "He gives us such good position flexibility. Get him inside and let him get back to his natural stuff."
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Projected as the starting strongside linebacker, Shaughnessy's abilities as a pass rusher should keep him on the field during all three downs. However, his IDP potential doesn't stand out, after two campaigns in which he totaled 67 tackles (56 solo), 6.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble. On the other hand, the losses of Karlos Dansby (as a free agent), Daryl Washington (suspension), and Darnell Dockett (torn ACL) could force more blitzing on Shaughnessy's shoulders, improving his prospects to produce.
Shaughnessy is expected to battle for a starting defensive end job for the Raiders after rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder in the offseason.
If Shaughnessy’s playing time were more reliable, he’d probably warrant a higher ranking. He quietly hit double digits for tackles for loss last year, and he totaled 56 tackles (43 solo) and seven sacks despite starting just eight games. If Shaughnessy gets more snaps in 2011, something he has probably earned, he’s worth moving up on cheat sheets. In the meantime, however, the presence of players like Lamarr Houston, Kamerion Wimbley and Trevor Scott make Shaughnessy’s path to the field a bit blurry.
Shaughnessy had four sacks over last season's final nine games after moving into a more prominent role on the defensive line. With a starting spot secure in 2010, Shaughnessy should have little trouble bettering that number in his second season. Still, unless he makes drastic improvements, he's unlikely to be productive enough to be a top IDP option.
Shaughnessy will be a reserve defensive lineman for the Raiders.