Training camp preview: Packers’ fresh faces key to Super Bowl bid

Clay Matthews signs extension, becomes highest-paid linebacker

Conceivably, teams might show only a locker room snippet on the video board moments before the team heads to the field. Some players maintain that the cameras would not matter, that their routines which could include listening to music on headphones or stretching on the floor would not change. Would Matthews alter his routine? “If there’s a camera, absolutely,” he said. Matthews said he would tone down some of his high-energy habits. “I like to hang loose, have fun,” he said. “That’s one thing everybody knows about me. I like to have fun. Talking crap.

2013 Fantasy Football IDP Sleeper: OLB Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

He runs hard. That (49ers defense) is one of the most physical defenses Ive been around, and he didnt back down. He ran really hard. I respect that. I think he can last. Definitely. I think hell be fine.” INSIDE THE HEADSET McCarthy and defensive coordinator Dom Capers run the show on their respective sides of the ball. McCarthy takes an aggressive approach and is continually looking to find new ways to stress a defense. He’ll likely focus less on matchups this year and more on highlighting Green Bay’s strengths. Capers can be aggressive, but he won’t run anything his unit hasn’t shown it can do during the week of practice.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the deal is for five years, $66 millionan average of $13.2 millionmaking him the highest-paid linebacker since DeMarcus Ware is now a defensive end. The deal goes through the 2018 season. Clay Matthews and his trademark flowing hair will be in Green Bay for the long haul. (AP Photo) Matthews shared a photo of the deal being signed deal on Twitter (@ClayMatthews52). “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!” Matthews tweeted. “It feels good,” Matthews said Wednesday during a news conference. “It’s funny, because not a whole lot has changed. I’m happy about it but for me, it’s nice, it’s very humbling and it’s a blessing, but it’s business as usual for me. I’m glad that they have put their trust in me and belief in me in awarding me this, but at the same time you’re going to get the same type of unwavering perseverance on the field and dedication that I’m going to bring day in and day out. I feel good but not much has changed.” Matthews, who turns just 27 in May, was worthy of being locked up for a lucrative reward. In just four seasons after being drafted 26th overall by the Packers in 2009, he has wreaked havoc as an edge playmaker in their 3-4 scheme, with 43 sacks, 203 total tackles and four interceptions in 58 career games.

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He was one of the most promising defensive options and was flying up keeper lists. However, he has slipped drastically in 2013 rankings and has even been ranked behind linebackers such as Curtis Lofton and Derrick Johnson this off-season. Matthews started his 2012 season off by recording a ridiculous six sacks through his first two games. However, he followed it up by recording just three sacks in his next seven contests (Week 3 Week 15). Matthews disappeared in the middle of the season and left several fantasy owners scrambling down the stretch to find a reliable fantasy linebacker. Matthews still finished the year with a respectable 13 sacks, though, but many were expecting more from the former USC standout. The outside linebacker even recorded a career-low 43 tackles last season, which was seemingly an exclamation point on his medicare season. Including the playoffs, Matthews racked up seven sacks and 21 tackles in the teams last five games. He got over his mid-season slump and proved to be utterly unblockable down the stretch for the Cheeseheads.


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