Arizona Cardinals rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has been a standout during the team’s training camp. Mathieu has taken reps at outside corner, nickel corner and safety in base, as well as the nickel and dime personnel packages. Add on special teams duties and Mathieu has had to learn a lot during his first few months as a professional.
Ron Wolfley of FOX Sports Arizona has been watching the practices and said that Mathieu’s adaption to the game at multiple positions is “nothing short of stunning.”
Add in the fact that Mathieu has not played football in over a year since being dismissed for multiple failed drug tests at LSU and you have to be impressed with his turnaround and impact in the early goings of camp.
More from the FOX Sports Arizona report:
One scout told me that Tyrann Mathieu was, “pound-for-pound, the best player on the field.” And while conversing with an offensive assistant coach he told me that he believed, “No. 32 was going to change the team.”
While we all knew that Mathieu was a natural playmaker that always found a way to make some magic happen despite his physical limitations, the fact that he is mentally adjusting to the NFL is incredible.
Many believed that the team may have taken a huge risk in the third-round when they selected Mathieu, but if he can keep himself out of trouble and continue to impress on the field, it will be a move that makes 31 other teams in the league wish that they selected the special playmaker.