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Morning roundup: Healthy Matthews stockpiling sacks

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Two times in the last three seasons, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews has started the season on tear, and with six sacks in his first two games this season has been no exception. Sandwiched between those exceptional starts is 2011, when Matthews finished with six sacks in the 15 games he played. As Press-Gazette reporter Pete Dougherty penned in his Friday main story, the difference for the three-time Pro Bowler in those early seasons successes has been his health. “For one, I think he’s healthy,” said Ryan Pickett, one of the Packers' starting defensive linemen. “Last year he was injured. Two, I think he’s getting opportunities to rush. He had a lot of pressure last year, he just didn’t get the sacks. This year he’s getting the sacks.” Matthews’ six-sack start this season gives him a huge early lead in the NFL sacks race. The NFL began tracking sacks as an official statistic in 1982, and since then, a player has had six or more sacks in the first two games only seven times. Matthews is the only player with two of those. Here are some other news and notes from Thursday: *The Green Bay Packers' preparation for next Monday night's road trip to Seattle has had a slight detour with Jermichael Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, making comments over the past week questioning the leadership of MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. As Press-Gazette reporter Rob Demovsky wrote in his Packers' notebook, Rodgers and Packers coach Mike McCarthy both shook off the comments as non-sense with Finley also adding he had nothing to do with it. “I’d say zero percent of it,” Finley said. “Like I said, he’s got his own opinion. He’s an agent. He has tons of clients around the league. It’s not my problem what he sends out. I could (not) care less as long as he takes care of my business at the end of the day.” Demovsky also touches on wide receiver Greg Jennings' setback with his groin injury, the rest of the Packers' injury report and the practice squad's newest addition, cornerback James Nixon, who clocked an impressive 4.31-second time in the 40-yard dash during a tryout on Monday. *Dougherty pulled double-duty on Thursday and also wrote on former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson quarterbacking Seattle into Monday's showdown with the Packers despite being initially blacklisted as a 5-foot-10 5/8 quarterback entering last April's NFL Draft. Before pulling the trigger on drafting Wilson in the third round (75th overall), Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called one of his mentors, Bud Grant, for some advice. From 1972 to 1978, Grant coached Fran Tarkenton, who was listed at 6-0 and was one of the NFL’s all-time great short quarterbacks. Carroll wanted to know whether Grant had misgivings or significant limitations playing with a short player at the game’s most important position. “(Grant) relieved any concerns that I might have had, just because of the way he talked about what Fran was like,” said Carroll in a conference call with reporters in Green Bay on Thursday. “I know there’s not a lot of guys like this, but Russell’s that exceptional and that unique. So we thought we had a real good one, and it’s looking like he’s on his way to a good start to his career.” *Press-Gazette sports editor Mike Vandermause opined on the contrasting leadership styles of Rodgers and Jay Cutler, adding the Chicago Bears' quarterback could take a thing or two from the Packers' quarterback. Cutler has been skewered in Chicago for the past week, including in his own locker room, after bumping and yelling at tackle J’Marcus Webb for missing a block during last Thursday’s game against the Packers.

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