Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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09/29/15 - LB Clay Matthews, who has lined up mostly at inside linebacker and has had few pass-rushing opportunities, had two sacks as Green Bay piled up seven. "Yeah, it was (nice). Obviously, I get a good dose of being around the ball at the inside but anytime you get back out there at a position that you've played for a long time, it's fun to get after the quarterback. Fortunately, all of us were able to get after the quarterback and make him uncomfortable in the pocket."
08/31/15 - LB Clay Matthews made his belated preseason debut at inside linebacker after missing the first two preseason games dealing with soreness in his knee and elbow.
08/27/15 - LB Clay Matthews practiced Tuesday and Wednesday before the Packers were off the field on Thursday. Matthews could be cleared to make his belated preseason debut Saturday against Philadelphia after he missed the first two games because of knee and elbow soreness.
08/26/15 - LB Clay Matthews went through practice Tuesday, an encouraging sign after the defensive standout missed the first two preseason games as he dealt with knee and elbow soreness. Barring a setback this week, Matthews should be in line to make his belated debut in a preseason game this summer when the Packers host the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.
08/21/15 - LB Clay Matthews was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of elbow soreness. The Packers didn't practice Friday, so it's uncertain whether Matthews will be cleared to play Sunday at Pittsburgh. The all-star didn't play in the first preseason game at New England last week because of knee soreness.