Tyrann Mathieu may have his problems off the field that he’s trying to overcome, but one thing we never doubted was his playmaking ability. Some players just have that “it” factor on the football field. These players always seem to be around the ball, making tackles, causing turnovers, and helping their team win. Mathieu is one of those players. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t taken him long to have a big impact at Arizona Cardinals training camp.
Cardinals.com reporter Darren Urban says Mathieu made a play this week by punching a ball loose after a catch made by tight end Jeff King. Urban said it would be interesting to watch Mathieu in games because he “has been a playmaking machine.”
Ron Wolfley at ArizonaSports.com says “hardcore NFL scouts and coaches” are raving about Mathieu. The third-round pick out of LSU apparently has played corner, safety, and nickle corner in three different defensive packages and already knows all three positions. Wolfley adds that a scout told him Mathieu was “pound-for-pound, the best player on the field” for the Cardinals.
Despite all his off-field problems, Mathieu never lost confidence in his abilities. He called himself the best player at the combine, and he boasted that he could hold Calvin Johnson to five catches if they played. We really hope he is able to stay out of trouble, because we believe he will be a huge difference-maker on the field.