Clay Matthews: Why He Is the Defensive Rookie of the Year

Posted: 9th December 2009 by Mark Strotman in NFL
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If he was not a front-runner before Monday nightÆs game against the Ravens, Clay Matthews seems to have officially thrown his hat into the ring for defensive rookie of the year.á He finished the game with a career-high six tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a tackle for a loss, and a pass defended as the Packers defense held the Ravens to just 185 total yards. Many questioned Ted Thompson when he traded three Day One draft picks in order to get back in the first round to select Matthews, but he has been well worth the cost of the draft picks.á Thompson passed on the likes of running back Beanie Wells and outside linebackers Everette Brown and Clint Sintim to arrive at Matthews. The selection seemed like a head-scratcher at the time due to the higher-ranked players on the board at the ...

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