Clay Matthews went through a major offseason of change, leaving the Green Bay Packers in free agency to sign with the Los Angeles Rams. He is set to begin a new chapter of his career and is hoping to get back to dominance and be one of the most dangerous pass rushers in the league.
Sean McVay and the Rams are considered one of the top contenders in the NFL heading into the 2019 NFL season. They are coming off of a year that saw them make a run all the way to the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they were unable to get their offense going and lost to the New England Patriots.
Now, they have gone into the offseason and made some changes that they believe will help them. Matthews was added, they kept Dante Fowler, Ndamukong Suh appears to be on his way out, and they signed Eric Weddle to replace Lamarcus Joyner. L.A. will also have Cooper Kupp coming back from injury.
Last season with the Packers, Matthews struggled to find himself a bit. He recorded 43 total tackles to go along with 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at three goals that Matthews should set for himself in 2019 with the Rams.
3. Stay Healthy and Play All 16 Games
Matthews has dealt with quite a few nagging injuries throughout his career. He was able to play in all 16 games last year, but the Rams will need him to do the same in 2019 for their defense to play to its potential.
Los Angeles needs as much of a pass rush as they can get. Weddle, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and the rest of the Rams’ secondary will turn that pass rush into turnovers. If that happens, the Rams are going to be an even more dangerous team in 2019 than they were last year.
2. Record at Least 10 Sacks
Secondly, Matthews needs to get back to getting to the quarterback at a consistent pace. His 3.5 sacks last season was not the number that he targeted. Matthews needs to come through with at least 10 sacks this year.
Los Angeles is without question capable of having a top-five defense this year. They have a ton of talent and if Matthews can get back to being a star pass rusher again, opposing quarterbacks are going to have nightmares. Matthews still has the speed and athleticism to rack up double digit sacks.
1. Make the Pro Bowl Once Again
Finally, Matthews should target the Pro Bowl for a season-ending goal. He is without question playing with a chip on his shoulder this season after the Packers turned him down. That chip will help him get back to the star level that fans have come to know and love.
McVay and company are confident that Matthews can be a big-time leader and playmaker. He was signed to be an impact player and he is not going to disappoint. After a rough season, Matthews will bounce back with a huge year and the Pro Bowl is a very realistic goal for him.