clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Clay Matthews Latest Packer in 2014 NFL Top 100

Clay Matthews voted 77th best player on the 2014 NFL Top 100.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After landing two players in last week's reveal, the Packers add Clay Matthews to the list of NFL Top 100 players for 2014.

Matthews came in at 77, a drop from his 31 ranking a year ago.

Most years, Matthews' inclusion in lists such as this is a foregone conclusion. However, with the Packers' best defender missing five games (and limited with a broken thumb in many others), there was no way of knowing how his perception among players would be affected.

Still, Matthews registered 7.5 sacks, 41 tackles, and three forced fumbles. Even with the injuries, he was on pace for another season of double digit sacks. As it stands, he tied for the lead in forced fumbles. No other Packer accumulated more than 6.5 sacks, and only three besides Matthews had at least five.

When the last round of Top 100 names came out last week, we mentioned Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers as names to watch out for as the list reveal continued. Given that the former is off the board and the latter missed half of last season with a collarbone injury, it's possible the Packers won't have a player finish in the top quarter of this year's list. If that matters to you.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.