GREEN BAY – Inside or outside, Clay Matthews continues to stand among the NFL elite regardless of where he’s positioned in the Packers’ defense.
The eighth-year linebacker was honored as the No. 57 player in the NFL Network’s annual “Top 100 players” series, which is determined by a vote of current NFL players.
Matthews recorded a career-high 84 tackles with 6½ sacks while playing a majority of his snaps inside in 2015. He added another 11 tackles and 1½ sacks in two playoff games.
Playing in all 16 regular-season games for the second straight season, Matthews led the Packers in pressures (27) and quarterback hits (14). It was enough to earn Matthews his sixth trip to the Pro Bowl and first at inside linebacker.
Matthews, who’s scheduled to move back to outside rusher in 2016, has been named to the Top 100 every year since the series began in 2011. He previously was ranked 51st in 2015, 77th in 2014, 31st in 2013, 27th in 2012 and 19th in 2011.
Matthews is the second Packer to be named to this year’s list,” joining defensive lineman Mike Daniels, who made his first appearance at No. 95.
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