Tyrann Mathieu’s First NFL Start Is Sign of Things to Come for Cardinals’ Rookie
In a few short months, Tyrann Mathieu has gone from a player who plummeted down draft boards to a NFL preseason starter.
A third-round pick in April’s draft, the Cardinals gave the player formerly known as the “Honey Badger” something not many NFL teams would—a chance to make the 53-man roster. Now, he’s emerged as a reliable member of Arizona’s secondary.
In the Cardinals’ 17-0 win in their preseason opener against Green Bay, Mathieu was quick to make his usual impact. He picked up a 12-yard sack, returned a punt 24 yards, defended a pass and notched a tackle for loss to go along with two special teams tackles, per the AP report.
Mathieu has left his coaching staff with a big-time impression thus far in training camp and in practice. He’s emerged as not only a big play star, but a talented safety whose ball-hawking skills and speed allow him to excel at the back of the defense.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has seen a lot of promise from Mathieu according to this Associated Press story (via ESPN). Mathieu is switching from playing cornerback at LSU to the new position that better suits his skill set.