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#98 - Cliff Matthews

DEFENSIVE END
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 268
College: South Carolina
Exp: 5th

Player Information

He was born on August 5, 1989 and attended Cheraw (SC) High School. As a true freshman, he started 9 games at outside linebacker, recording 26 tackles, 2 for loss, and 1 blocked kick. He moved to defensive end as a sophomore, starting all 13 games there. He finished the year with 32 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 3 sacks, 1 pass breakup, and 1 fumble recovery. As a junior, he earned All-SEC honorable mention with 47 tackles, 10 for loss, 7 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 recoveries after starting 11 of 12 games at end. Started 14 games as a senior, recording 44 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup, and 4 forced fumbles. Was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Career Statistics

Year Team G GS Tack Ast Sack Int Yds TD FF FR
2011 ATL 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 ATL 10 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 ATL 15 0 13 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 ATL 7 0 6 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 32 0 22 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0

Other Stats

Special Teams: 2012: 3 tackles; 2014: 3 tackles. Totals: 6 tackles.

Transactions

Signed by Falcons on July 28, 2011 ... Re-signed by Falcons on February 24, 2015.

Contract details

Signed to a four-year deal ... Signed a two-year deal with Falcons in 2015. His base salaries are: $745,000 (2015) and $760,000 (2016).


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