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Tyrann Mathieu has big game in preseason debut

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Through one preseason game of his NFL career, Cardinals rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu looks like the same kind of playmaker he was at LSU, before off-field issues cut short his promising college career.

In the first quarter of the Cardinals’ preseason opener against the Packers, Mathieu had a hit that caused an incomplete pass. In the second quarter, he had a tackle on a kickoff. In the third quarter, he had back-to-back plays on which he made a tackle at the line of scrimmage and then dove to the ground, grabbed Packers quarterback Graham Harrell by the ankles and sacked him for a loss of 12 yards. In the fourth quarter, Mathieu had a punt return for 24 yards, and another tackle on a kickoff.

After the game, Mathieu’s mentor and teammate Patrick Peterson made a point of going on Twitter to sing Mathieu’s praises.

It is, of course, just one preseason game. But Mathieu looks like a very good draft pick for the Cardinals.

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  1. goldrush36 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:14 AM

    Still don’t know about him as a safety, but no doubt he’s a playmaker

  2. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 10, 2013 9:17 AM

    Not that great.

  3. rpiotr01 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:22 AM

    Making plays against Harrell is like scoring with the ugliest, drunkest girl at the party.

  4. delusionalcardsfan says: Aug 10, 2013 9:23 AM

    Overall the Cards had a pretty solid game (minus all the missed FG’s). I’m happy that they will at the very least be competitive again! GO CARDS!

  5. irishgary says: Aug 10, 2013 9:33 AM

    hope he makes it, but still feel like he is a ticking time bomb

  6. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 10, 2013 9:49 AM

    As a 49ers fan I can say with sincerity I like the direction the Cards are moving in. Love me some Fitz and I think that defense could really be stout this year along with the Rams’ and of course those “other” two teams in the division. If the Cards can do sound ball control a lot like the
    9ers did 2 seasons ago they’ll be in a lot of games assuming that line holds up.

  7. cometkazie says: Aug 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    You geaux, Honey Badger!

  8. fatcamper says: Aug 10, 2013 9:58 AM

    Scoring with the ugliest drunk girl beats striking out with the ugliest drunk girl.

  9. ratdogs says: Aug 10, 2013 10:05 AM

    Once that mid season drug test happens, don’t be surprised to see this headline “Mathieu suspended for 4 games.”

  10. kevinbnyc says: Aug 10, 2013 10:06 AM

    He’s a great pick up, and if he gets himself in trouble, you’ll be criticizing the cardinals for being so stupid and overlooking his off field issues.

  11. remyje says: Aug 10, 2013 10:08 AM

    Baby boy?

  12. tinbender2000 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:09 AM

    youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 10, 2013 9:17 AM

    Not that great.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    “Not that great” describes the current team playing in Pittsburgh. LOL

  13. pryor4heisman says: Aug 10, 2013 10:13 AM

    Once a pothead, always a pothead. I give him 3 months to smoke himself out of the league

  14. cardsfann1 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:20 AM

    The kid is special. If he stays clean he can be really really good!

  15. michaeljacksonisback says: Aug 10, 2013 10:26 AM

    Wait till the Rams and 49ers make him look stupid

  16. GenXJay says: Aug 10, 2013 10:40 AM

    i like honeybadgers game. if the off the field issues stave off, the Cards got a steal.

  17. jayhawk6 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:42 AM

    Good to see that his skills translate to the NFL level, but his long term success may well likely depend upon the non-football lessons he learns from the likes of Patrick Peterson.

    He is nearly as much fun to watch as Johnny Football, so we fans are grateful to those who help him out.

  18. mrpeary3189 says: Aug 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    Still pretty sad that people out there that wanna see him fail.

  19. clayminator says: Aug 10, 2013 10:54 AM

    I hope the Packers watch that film closely so they can see/learn how to tackle….I like the Cards aggressiveness.

  20. zingo1978 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:06 AM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Aug 10, 2013 9:22 AM
    Making plays against Harrell is like scoring with the ugliest, drunkest girl at the party.

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    Still a good night in my book. They try harder.

  21. doe22us says: Aug 10, 2013 11:11 AM

    Did he blow a kis after each play?

  22. grendelg says: Aug 10, 2013 11:15 AM

    “It is, of course, just one preseason game. But Aaron Hernandez looks like a very good draft pick for the Patriots.”

  23. pappageorgio says: Aug 10, 2013 11:16 AM

    Mathieu’s test won’t be during this season. The kid has always had the athletic skills to compete, and I’ll bet he has a pretty good year. The test will be how he behaves himself in the offseason when he’s got free time and everyone goes their separate ways. Peterson won’t always be there to be “mentor”

    The football field is not this kid’s enemy. It’s free time coupled with a pocket full of money.

  24. themackstrong says: Aug 10, 2013 11:17 AM

    I watched the first 2 quarters. Cardinal passing game is much improved. Levi Brown got beat a few times, don’t remember if they went for sacks. But Roberts, Fitz looked really good. Floyd moves fast for a big guy but still not the best at routes at least from what I watched. To the division that drew to play the NFC West, you’re going to have a tough time getting wins top to bottom. Bruce Arians knows offense. Honey Badger is a play maker, thought he was too light to play S and would be a top nickel CB. Him and his Peterson are going to be game changers out there.

  25. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:23 AM

    He is tiny. I’d run straight at him.

  26. fordmandalay says: Aug 10, 2013 11:31 AM

    Hope he didn’t spark up a fatty after the game to celebrate.

  27. zeeman911 says: Aug 10, 2013 11:46 AM

    Wait till he has a bad game and see how he handles the adversity, that will be the real test…

  28. drunkenagitator says: Aug 10, 2013 12:29 PM

    The vast majority of NFL fans are a step above “drool cups”, they don’t know anything about anything. The kid has a boatload of talent and football ability, if he stays out of trouble he has a shot at being an exciting force in the league.

  29. xinellum says: Aug 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    Wow. A special teams player. Good tackles on the kicks. Sacking a qb or making tackles at the line when you play against the 4th string line and qb of the other team, for someone who is supposed to be a number one player, I guess he should have done well. Take another number one safety in the league and put them against the other teams scrubs and they would have dominated the game. He just made a couple tackles. Wow. Honey badger is already sucking up unearned praise. That should do his over abundant ego a wealth of good.

  30. riverhorsey says: Aug 10, 2013 1:30 PM

    “Proud of my baby boy”? that sounds nice and condescending.

  31. northstarnic says: Aug 10, 2013 1:34 PM

    Get back to me in a year or two. Something tells me this kid is going to have hard time keeping his nose clean while surrounded by the types of humans that populate the NFL. And I don’t know what they were paying him at LSU, but it was probably less than he’s making now. That’s a lot of money for dope.

  32. fdugrad says: Aug 10, 2013 2:30 PM

    I hope his “big brother” doesn’t mind babysitting a full-grown man. It’s not as though Peterson doesn’t have obligations and responsibilities of his own needing time, effort and attention.

  33. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 10, 2013 2:32 PM

    He can be a very effective football player with the right coach and the right acceptance. Sounds like he has that in Arizona, good for him so far.

  34. shadow1018 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:47 PM

    Keeping him grounded is going to be tough!!

  35. beastmode5150 says: Aug 10, 2013 2:55 PM

    I am sure he will play super hard and never get in trouble. Oh, and the cardinals will win a bunch of games.

  36. realfootballfan says: Aug 10, 2013 3:08 PM

    Hopefully, he can stay away from the marijuana, well at least when he knows the test windows are coming like I’ve heard Robert Smith attest to on how to avoid the possibilities of getting a positive test.

    All the buzz here in AZ is that he is making plays daily, from forcing fumbles to generally being around the ball. After how Nick Saban schemed to light him up in his last college game, I didn’t think much of his pro potential, but he seems to be doing well.

  37. ballreaper says: Aug 10, 2013 3:16 PM

    I said before the draft TEAMS that pass over this guy will come to regret it , because he carries one thing that can’t be taught …………………………..INSTINCTS.

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2013 3:57 PM

    Love the way he makes plays. If he just keeps his head on stright off the field, he will be a good one.

  39. rjkilla says: Aug 10, 2013 4:06 PM

    panthers should have drafted this kid…but they only want choir boys down here

  40. shlort says: Aug 10, 2013 5:51 PM

    The kid makes a couple tackles and gets a sack of a QB that is horrible with his pocket presence. PFT wants to grade this kid A+++++++ for the game?

    Lets see what kind of things he can do in games that matter, where coaches use real plays and have a game plan to win instead of a game plan to test players.

    Preseason is nothing but practice and evaluation. That is it. The games mean nothing and getting a couple tackles is not going to make a career.

  41. contract says: Aug 10, 2013 6:14 PM

    The kid has great football instincts. Too bad he’s a knucklehead.

  42. redstar504 says: Aug 10, 2013 7:24 PM

    Really this shouldn’t surprise anyone. The kid is a playmaker and an athlete. Yes, he got into trouble at LSU and had several chances to turn it around. The NFL front office types tend to overreact to small character issues but overlook major issues. If a kid has been involved in several violent incidences it doesn’t raise an eyebrow but let a kid have used drugs that’s another story. The kids coming into the NFL are that kids/young men. They are going to use drugs and party it’s unfortunate in today’s Facebook/Twiter era that kind of stuff that’s always occurred gets documented and goes viral. The honey badger failed school drug test and had chances to rebound and didn’t so while there is a danger he continues to use and gets suspended in the NFL, this kid was vilified for smoking pot. He wasn’t out there getting in gang fights, robbing people, killing babies or anything violent. Randy Moss the same thing. Time and time again teams over react and pass on kids that are worth the risk. They end up making a great pick for the team that takes that chance be it randy moss’s weed habit or the badgers weed habit. Not every all pro is a model citizen like Tom Brady or Drew Brees, I am sure they are plenty with checkered past offenses some we know some we don’t know.

  43. djsquintz says: Aug 10, 2013 7:37 PM

    I’m not seeing where they give him an A or crown him as rookie of the year. This article is evaluating him and offering an assessment.

    —-

    “shlort says:
    Aug 10, 2013 5:51 PM
    The kid makes a couple tackles and gets a sack of a QB that is horrible with his pocket presence. PFT wants to grade this kid A+++++++ for the game?

    Lets see what kind of things he can do in games that matter, where coaches use real plays and have a game plan to win instead of a game plan to test players.

    Preseason is nothing but practice and evaluation. That is it. The games mean nothing and getting a couple tackles is not going to make a career.”

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