Matakevich: Culture and personality of team drew him to the Bills

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Linebacker Tyler Matakevich made it very clear on Wednesday why he chose to continue his career in a Buffalo Bills uniform, after singing with the team as a free agent this offseason.

“The culture and the personality of who they are,” Matakevich said while speaking to the Buffalo media on a Zoom conference call. “Talking with coach [Sean> McDermott it was sort of clear. I was definitely excited to be a part of the Bills culture, BillsMafia, everything about it. I feel like it's just hard-nosed, blue collar, and I feel like that to me head-to-toe.”

Matakevich, who entered the league as a seventh round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Temple in 2016, has been used almost exclusively as a special teams player throughout his four-year career, collecting more special teams tackles than any player in the league over that time.

Bills fans. No player has more special teams tackles the last four years than Tyler Matakevich's 37.1. Tyler Matakevich – 372. Michael Thomas – 353. Deshazor Everett – 313. Justin Bethel – 315. Miles Killebrew – 305. Nate Ebner – 30

— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) March 17, 2020

Matakevich was already familiar with the Bills by staying in touch with a former college teammate of his.

“I knew about it. I knew Dion Dawkins pretty well,”  he said of the Bills' left tackle. “I always see his stuff, and I was able to keep in contact with him, and through him I was really able to just really see what the Bills are about through the last few years. We played them last year and they sort of kicked out butt. So I definitely knew about them prior and they were definitely on the radar.”

In his four seasons in Pittsburgh, Matakevich played in 63 out of a possible 64 games, picking up 77 combined defensive and special teams tackles and a pass defended. McDermott recently said that Matakevich could see some time at linebacker in addition to his special teams duties.

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