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Rams coach Sean McVay says Clay Matthews has been ‘outstanding’ so far in training camp

Clay Matthews, Rams

After departing from the Green Bay Packers during the offseason, linebacker Clay Matthews signed with the Los Angeles Rams, bolstering their depth and adding another pass-rushing presence to the team. According to the team’s head coach, Sean McVay, Matthews has already been performing well from the second the team stepped onto the field for training camp.

“He’s done a great job,” McVay said in a message sent out by the Rams. “I thought he had a great offseason and I think immediately you see the veteran presence that he has – the versatility. He’s got great movement. He looks really healthy, he’s looking good. I think he feels good and we want to make sure that we keep him that way, feeling good going into the Carolina (Panthers) game. We’re certainly glad to have Clay here and he’s been outstanding so far.”

Matthews may not have the explosive skills he once demonstrated in Green Bay, but he can still be a good presence on the field for a contending team. Last season, he tallied 43 tackles and just 3.5 sacks, which was a significant drop off from his career averages.

However, his 83.5 career sacks and a 189 career quarterback hits speak to just how good he can be, and for a Rams team that is already bursting with defensive talent, Matthews won’t be asked to be the primary creator. The Rams will once again be looking to make a Super Bowl run this season and will be looking to capture a title after losing to the New England Patriots last year.