Has recorded five-plus sacks in each of his first nine seasons in the league, and is one of just four NFL players Calais Campbell, Peppers, Cameron Wake to record five-plus sacks in each season from Has 11 sacks in 15 career playoff games, the most in franchise postseason history since and tied for No.
On draft day, April 25,the Packers traded their second-round pick 41st overall, Darius Butlertheir third-round pick 73rd overall, Derek CoxJacksonville Jaguarsand the 83rd overall pick acquired for Favre Brandon Tate to the New England Patriots for a Clay matthews iii pick 26th overall and a fifth-round pick nd overall, Jamon Meredith in that year's draft.
The Packers used the first-round pick obtained from the Patriots to acquire Matthews with the 26th overall selection in the NFL Draft.
Kevin Greenethe former All-Pro linebacker who is third on the all-time sack list with most ever by a linebackerwas hired by Dom Capers in to coach the outside linebacker position. He saw a lot of himself in Matthews, but feared the Packers would not be able to draft him.
Analysts were shocked when the Packers traded their second- and two third-round draft picks to the New England Patriots to secure Matthews and the fifth-round selection. Greene later stated that Matthews has a "set of skills that I have not seen in an outside linebacker. Clay has a set of skills that I didn't have.
He has another gear I didn't have. He's better than Kevin Greene was. For the second time in as many nominations, he was voted Rookie of the Week for week Matthews had six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in the Packers' 27—14 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He was the first Packers' rookie to earn a Pro Bowl selection since wide receiver James Lofton in Matthews recorded 51 tackles, 10 sacks, seven pass deflections, three fumble recoveries, and a forced fumble in his rookie season.
He played in all 16 games, starting at ROLB in 13 of them. He led the Packers in QB pressures, with Matthews during the January 15, game against the New York Giants season[ edit ] Matthews took a different approach to the game in the season.
After seeing him double-teamed and constantly chipped by running backs in the NFC wild card game against the Arizona CardinalsDom Capers decided to move him around the field. Matthews eventually ended up playing mostly at LOLB, but he would roam around the field, playing also at the ROLB position and sometimes in the middle.
He finished the season with 60 tackles, He became the first Packer to record six sacks in the first two games of the season and had 8. Matthews was named to the Pro Bowl NFC roster for the second straight year and was named to the All-Pro team for the first time in his career.
Matthews was awarded with the NFL's defensive player of the month award for September after recording six sacks in the first two weeks of the season.
Matthews recorded a career-high He set the Packers' record for most sacks in a single postseason with 3. In the Super Bowl, won by the Packers over the Pittsburgh Steelershe recorded three tackles, a pass deflection, and a game-changing forced fumble.5 days ago · Clay Matthews Took A Line Drive To The Face.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews just can't kick the injury bug. Pitching in the team's charity softball game, Matthews took a brutal line.
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#gopackgo. Clay Matthews: Pos: LB, Career: G, 6 Int, Sk (65th), 3 TD, All-Pro(1st), 6xProBowl, Packers , born CA Born: May 14, After graduation, Clay Matthews III was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Casey Matthews played linebacker at the University of Oregon (–), and was selected in Round 4 of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
LB Clay Matthews spoke with the media about how important it is for the Packers to go into Week 3 having won both division games to start the season. video Matthews: ‘These wins are hard to come. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews grabs a fumble by Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon and takes it down field for a yard return.