There's a lot of experience in the Matthews family when it comes to football, and new Green Packers first round draft pick Clay Matthews Jr., is hoping to not only live up to the family name, he's trying to go make a name for himself.
The newest Packers outside linebacker had to walk on at USC after receiving no offers from division 1 schools. As an undersized junior in high school, Matthews didn't even start, even though his dad was the defensive coordinator. But Matthews added some size to his frame as a senior and walked on at USC, where both his father, Clay Sr. and uncle Bruce both played.
The progress at USC was slow and Matthews didn't break into the starting lineup until last season, finishing with 56 tackles (fourth on team) and 4 1/2 sacks.
Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene (pictured) is excited about Matthews prospects as a potential starter. Greene said it's not going to be easy and there's a lot to learn, but he thinks Matthews has what it takes to start and make an impact.
Kevin Greene ought to know what it takes to make the grade in a 3-4 defense. Just like Matthews, Greene was a former walk-on himself at Auburn. He went on to get drafted by the Rams in the 5th round and play for four different teams in his 15 years in the league. His 160 career sacks ranks 3rd all-time.
Matthews first crack with his new team comes this weekend when the Packers hold a rookie orientation.
Listen / Download – Kevin Greene said Matthews will have a lot of pass coverage responsibility :24
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Listen / Download – GM Ted Thompson on Clay Matthews :24