28-Year-Old Linebacker – Green Bay Packers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Matthews missed five games last season due to a broken thumb and has now been sidelined for nine games over the past two seasons, while failing to complete a campaign since his rookie year. In his 11 ...
Clay Matthews Contract Information:
Matthews signed a five-year deal with the Packers in April of 2013.
The Packers are taking a wait-and-see approach with Matthews' injured groin this week, ESPN.com reports. "It's hard to answer that right now," he said Monday. "Obviously I think it's something I can play with, but you've got to make sure you're operating at a high level. That will be the biggest obstacle, not obstacle but thing to find out, and I think we'll know more on Wednesday or Thursday.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Matthews continues to deal with a thumb injury originally suffered during Week 5 of last season. He was limited during OTAs and it's unknown when he'll return to practice. However, he went through light drills with linemen and linebackers Tuesday, so it appears to be only a matter of time before he's back in the mix.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)When he initially sustained the broken thumb in Week 5, Matthews was held out four games in order to aid in his recovery. Upon his return, he donned a club yet still brought down the quarterback a number of times en route to 7.5 sacks in 11 contests. If he remains healthy in 2014, he should have more room to operate as a pass rusher following the addition of Julius Peppers in free agency.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Matthews led the Packers with 13 sacks in 2012, and will continue to provide a rush presence off the edge for the Packers.
Matthews registered just six sacks in 2011 and saw constant double-teams. The Packers drafted almost exclusively defense and hope that will free him up a bit more. He doesn't rack up big tackle numbers so his value takes a big hit if he isn't getting sacks.
Matthews has the look of the rare 3-4 outside linebacker with the ability to provide both tackle and sack production. Matthews finished his 15-game regular season in 2010 with 60 tackles (54 solo), 13.5 sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. He needs to show even more production in the tackle department if heís going to rise up the rankings, but Matthews has the look of a player who isnít done improving. Heís clearly one of the best 3-4 outside linebackers available this year.
Matthews had a tremendous rookie season in 2009, recording 50 tackles and 10 sacks. He should get more playing time in 2010, but will also see more double teams. The Packers will need to find a rushing complement or his production might suffer.