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Titans to Host Prospects Clay Matthews Jr. and WR Patrick Turner

The Titans have some visits lined up with a couple of players that they might be taking a long look at in next month’s NFL Draft. Reports say that the team will host USC linebacker Clay Matthews and wide receiver Patrick Turner in the next few days.

Matthews, whose father is former Cleveland Browns linebacker Clay Matthews, has family ties to the Titans. Matthews’ father, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, played for the Titans/Houston Oilers.

Here is a quick snapshot on Matthews from USC:

2008: Matthews, the fourth person from his family to play football at USC, will be used in a variety of defensive roles as a senior in 2008. He will push for starting time as a stand-up end in certain defensive formations, he can also play any of the linebacker positions and he will be a vital special teams performer (he has a knack for blocking kicks). He had surgery on his hand prior to 2008 spring practice.

2007: Matthews was a key backup linebacker and special teams player as a junior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 17 tackles, including 3 for losses of 23 yards, plus 2 forced fumbles, 1 deflection and 2 blocked field goals. He even started the Nebraska and Washington State games on the strong side. He had 4 tackles, a deflection and a blocked field goal against Idaho, then added 3 tackles (1 for a loss) against Washington State, 4 stops against Arizona, a tackle and blocked field goal at Notre Dame, a tackle at Oregon and a tackle for a loss at California. He had 3 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 forced fumbles against Illinois. He won USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

2006: A one-time walk-on, Matthews earned a scholarship in the fall of 2006 and served as a reserve linebacker and key special teams player as a sophomore in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 9 yards (with a 7-yard sack). He had 4 tackles at Stanford (with 0.5 tackle for a loss and a sack), 3 tackles against Oregon and 2 stops versus Michigan. He won USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award.

Matthews is expected to go sometime late in the first round, some mock drafts have him going at 25 to the Dolphins.

Among the other players confirmed as visiting Tennessee: Connor Barwin (Cincinnati), Andre Brown (North Carolina State), Sen’Derrick Marks (Auburn), Jason Williams (Western Illinois) and Lawrence Sidbury (Richmond).

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