Great news Eagles fans, come to find out, linebacker Casey Matthews has added on some weight, and is ready to come in, and compete for a starting roll either on the strong side, or the weak side. Most likely, he will be more effective on the weak side, competing with 2nd year man Brian Rolle out of Ohio State.
Last year, when Casey came into camp, he only weighted 231lbs, didn’t know anything about the playbook, and was shoved into the starting middle linebacker roll, the first week of the regular season by defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
Not only did he not have a proper off-season prepare because of the NFL lockout, but he also came from a blood-line of traditionally rich, and super talented NFL players. From his grandfather Clay Matthews Sr, to his dad Clay Matthews Jr, and now his older brother and Super Bowl XLV champion, Clay Matthews III. As you can possibly imagine, the pressure to do and be great was so high that there was absolutely no room for error on Casey’s part what so ever.
After the season ended, Casey went back to his home in California were he trained and workout with his older brother Clay Matthews each and everyday, trying to pack on some muscle, and get better at learning and understanding the game of football.
So, when he Casey reported to the Eagles for the off season conditioning program, Casey’s weight and muscle build went up from 231 to 250 lbs packed with iron muscle.
Right off the bat, Casey will be ready to compete for the weak side roll with Brian Rolle. Or if either the coaches see fit, they will have him compete with 2nd round pick, taken 46th overall, Mychal Kendricks from UC Berkeley, more famously know as the Cal Bears. Either way, it should be an exciting rest of the off season and training camp coming up in June as there are some really exciting roster battles taking place in the Eagles organization.