Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews both crack Top 100

Packers with four players on this year's list so far


Packers RB Eddie Lacy and LB Clay Matthews were both revealed during Wednesday night's "Top 100 Players of 2015" episode on NFL Network.

Lacy came in at No. 60, while Matthews was No. 51. This is Lacy's second appearance on the list, ranking No. 90 last year. It's Matthews' fifth time on the list, with his highest ranking at No. 19 in 2011.

With half of the Top 100 now revealed, the Packers currently have four players on the list. WR Randall Cobb was No. 100, and LB/DE Julius Peppers was No. 71. The Top 100 is compiled solely from votes by current NFL players.

In 2014, Lacy nearly topped the rushing numbers from his 2013 rookie season. He had 1,139 yards (compared to 1,178) and nine rushing TDs (compared to 11). He did increase his per-carry average, though, a half yard, from 4.1 to 4.6. As a receiver, Lacy boosted his numbers to 42 catches for 427 yards and four TDs (from 35-257-0).

Lacy posted four 100-yard rushing games last season, the fourth coming in the playoffs against Dallas. He also had three other games with rushing totals between 97 and 99 yards. He had a total of 11 games with at least 100 combined yards from scrimmage (rushing and receiving) with the Dallas playoff game the last in a streak of 10 straight.

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Matthews recorded the fourth double-digit sack season of his six-year career and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl. He had 11 sacks, plus one interception, in 2014. He recorded 53 solo tackles, his highest total since 2010. He also posted a sack in the playoffs, giving him 8 1/2 postseason sacks in his career to move past Reggie White (eight) for tops in franchise history.

It was Matthews' move to inside linebacker midway through the season that changed the fortunes of the Packers' defense, particularly against the run. An outside linebacker his entire career, Matthews moved inside after Green Bay's Week 9 bye and played both inside and outside the rest of the season.

A rushing defense that ranked 32nd in yards allowed and 30th in yards per carry through the season's first eight games ranked fifth and sixth in those two categories, respectively, over the final eight regular-season games. The defense's final rankings were 23rd in rushing yards allowed and 20th in yards per carry.

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