2. Clay Matthews, Linebacker
You would expect the Packers all-time sack leader to have a better perception from his fan base, but Matthews hasn’t been the same player for a number of years. Packer nation has grown tired of seeing his name on the injury report which in turn has affected his ability to rush the passer.
Matthews has not played a full season since 2015 and even then his sack total stood at 6.5. He’s a long way removed from the defensive player of the year campaign he saw in 2010. In the interim, the edge rusher has gone through a batch of injuries and multiple corrective surgeries.
He may appear healthy now, but that can change in a matter of plays. Many analysts believed he was a good candidate for a pay-cut yet nothing ever came to fruition. The last time Matthews hit a double-digit sack total was 2014 and it would be nice if he could get there again to prove his contract wasn’t a complete waste. The inexpensive addition of defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson could help take some attention away from him.