Cliff Matthews DL ATL Apr 03 '79
Falcons DE Cliff Matthews has bulked up this offseason in an effort to play both inside and outside.
Matthews, a 2011 seventh-round pick, is listed at 268 pounds by the team's official website. He doesn't need to get much bigger, as the Falcons don't boast heavy defensive tackles -- starters Peria Jerry and Jonathan Babineaux weight less than 290. Atlanta drafted two defensive ends this year, so Matthews is just making himself more versatile in order to secure a roster spot.
Cliff Matthews DL ATL Oct 28 '78
Cliff Matthews got the majority of snaps at right end after John Abraham aggravated his ankle injury in the Divisional Round.
The Falcons fully expect Abraham to suit up in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, but he could be limited to a situational pass-rushing role. That would leave Matthews, a 2011 seventh-round pick with zero career starts and six career tackles under his belt, to pick up the slack again. It's an area for the Niners to attack.
Cliff Matthews DL ATL May 07 '77
Falcons signed No. 230 overall pick DE Cliff Matthews to a four-year contract.
Matthews racked up 144 total tackles, including 16.0 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss over four season at South Carolina. A borderline NFL athlete, he'll start his career on special teams.