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Eagles Add LB Casey Matthews

Matthews is the brother of Clay Matthews, the dominant linebacker with the Green Bay Packers, though the newest Eagle is a different type of player. While his brother is a pass-rushing demon, Casey is an instinctive player who can range from sideline to sideline and is solid in pass coverage.

Matthews, 6-1, 231, joins a linebacking corps that includes second-year players Jamar Chaney and Keenan Clayton and Moise Fokou on the strong side. Stewart Bradley is expected to return, though he is slated to be a free agent - as are Omar Gaither, Ernie Sims and Akeem Jordan.

Here's the full scouting report on Matthews, courtesy of Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated.

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons and an all-Conference selection as a senior. Totals last year included 79/9/3 with one interception. Junior numbers included 81/4.5/3.

Pros: Hardworking college linebacker with marginal size/speed numbers for the NFL. Displays good awareness, breaks down well and remains disciplined with assignments. Quickly locates the ball, fires up the field in run defense, and wraps up tackling. Uses his hands to protect himself, fluid pedaling in reverse, and quickly changes direction. Sells out in run defense and plays with an aggressive attitude. Collapses from the outside to defend the run and easily flows to the action.

Cons: Average athlete with marginal quickness. Lacks true pursuit speed. Not a reliable tackler.

Analysis: Mathews was a solid college and has a floor of a potential backup at the next level if he performs well on special teams.

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