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

The standout special teamer signed with the Bills as a free agent

Sal Capaccio
May 13, 2020 - 2:48 pm

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.

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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