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Tyrann Mathieu reminds Carson Palmer of Troy Polamalu

Tyrann Mathieu AP

When Carson Palmer was the quarterback for the Bengals, he used to face the Steelers twice every season.

That meant he would see a lot of Steelers safety Troy Polamalu on film and then again on the field, the kind of exposure that leads a man to formulate a pretty good scouting report on a player. Palmer’s probably not spending much time looking at film of Polamalu now that he’s in Arizona, but says that he’s getting reminders of Polamalu every day at practice all the same by watching rookie Tyrann Mathieu work at safety.

“He reminds of Troy Polamalu with his closing speed,” said Palmer, via Peter King in Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com. “He might not be the fastest guy out there, but he can change directions and get to the ball really fast, like Troy.”

Neither Mathieu nor Polamalu has the ideal height for an NFL safety, so they need to have that kind of closing speed and recognition in their arsenal to be successful. King was at the Cardinals’ workouts last week and reports that Mathieu was “buzzing around” plays throughout the sessions, which is the very least that you’d want to see from a player during June workouts.

If he’s just as present when the Cards start wearing full pads and facing offenses trying to beat them, the Cardinals will be pretty happy with their decision to roll the dice on Mathieu in the third round. If comparisons to Polamalu keep coming, they’ll be overjoyed.

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23 Responses to “Tyrann Mathieu reminds Carson Palmer of Troy Polamalu”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Jun 10, 2013 9:55 AM

    I thought Palmer & Troy where team mates at USC!!!

  2. bigwinintx says: Jun 10, 2013 9:56 AM

    Carson has taken too many hits to his head.

    Troy is a game changer, offenses plan for Troy, Troy does things that make the other team go “damn!”.
    Relax on the Troy comparisons.

    I’m not a Steeler fan, but I know a great player when I see one, and this kid hasn’t even suited up for a real practice yet.

  3. blitzinc43 says: Jun 10, 2013 9:59 AM

    Smells of a future DUI

  4. polegojim says: Jun 10, 2013 10:01 AM

    Best Wishes to Tyrann… but LOT’S to prove before that comp is earned.

  5. siggtacular says: Jun 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Playmaker

  6. tsmercurio says: Jun 10, 2013 10:10 AM

    Carson must be getting picked in practice again.

  7. Iknoweverything says: Jun 10, 2013 10:15 AM

    That is funny Carson, cause he reminds me of an immature, spoiled dopehead who feels he is entitled

  8. beedubyatoo says: Jun 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    Troy will accept your apology when you’re ready, Carson. Probably right after he intercepts the next pass you throw his way.

  9. patfic15 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:30 AM

    Troy is a class act. Honey badger? Ehh not so much.

  10. bookofelisha10 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    the one thing thats always irked me in the sports world is when people compare rookies or 1st year players to HOFers or future HOFers..hes prob went to a week of OTAs in his career meanwhile T.P is about 10 plus years deep. so lets pump the brakes on comparing him to ANYONE thats not a weed user or got kicked off his team

    at this point he remindes me more of titus young than anything close to TP

  11. tvguy22 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:41 AM

    I thought it was because Mathieu kept getting hurt at OTAs.

  12. Eric Broz says: Jun 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    Troy minus the pot and attitude, you mean, right?

  13. desal2ds says: Jun 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    Honey Badger don’t care

  14. raidingtexas says: Jun 10, 2013 10:46 AM

    And Carson Palmer reminds me of Jeff George.

  15. clssylssy says: Jun 10, 2013 10:50 AM

    LOVE TROY …but, as he has gotten older he has slowed and is less of a “game changer” than he used to be. Make way for the future and players like Tyrann who has impressed actual professionals in the football world (unlike the armchair types here who have never played a down) and will continue making a career for himself following his teammate and mentor, Patrick Peterson. Good Luck Tyrann, I can totally see the comparison!

  16. 11inthebox says: Jun 10, 2013 10:52 AM

    Cue all the comments from the really cool kids who know waaay more about football than Carson Palmer.

  17. beardinals says: Jun 10, 2013 11:24 AM

    So, what all of you are saying is that one player can’t remind him of another player in a specific facet of his game? Not once did I see Palmer vote Matheiu into the hall of fame in this story.

    Looks like lots of fans need the season to start – STAT!

  18. pskotte says: Jun 10, 2013 11:38 AM

    Carson is an expert on Polamalu considering how many times he got picked off.

  19. redbirdsrising says: Jun 10, 2013 11:58 AM

    Anyone can look good in shorts, let’s see what happens when they start lacing them up in August.

  20. bengalguy says: Jun 10, 2013 12:45 PM

    Carson must be throwing to him ALOT in practice!!!

  21. supesfan34 says: Jun 10, 2013 12:53 PM

    Does that mean Carson expects him to miss a lot of time with injuries?

  22. Stiller43 says: Jun 10, 2013 1:08 PM

    Seriouly? How do you not mention they were room mates at usc and practiced against each other in practice all the time?!!

    He knows troy a lil better than playing him twice a season in the big leagues

  23. jimmyjames65 says: Jun 10, 2013 7:12 PM

    Whatever happened to Troy?

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