Tyrann Mathieu likely to start on Saturday

AP

Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu’s first game in almost two years was a big success and it looks like he’ll be getting a chance to get on the field even earlier against the Cowboys this weekend.

Darren Urban of the Cardinals website reports that free safety Rashad Johnson sprained his MCL and ankle while breaking up a pass in Monday’s practice and isn’t likely to be in the lineup against Dallas as a result. That would mean Mathieu moves from the second team to the first team as the starting free safety.

“It just gives me an opportunity to go help my team,” Mathieu said. “Of course I wish Rashad a speedy recovery because he was one of those guys who showed me the ropes from a safety standpoint. But it gives me the opportunity to go out there and be there for my teammates.”

One good preseason outing doesn’t win you a starting job, especially when Johnson signed a three-year extension with Arizona this offseason. Mathieu flashed the kind of talent in college that makes it impossible to rule out a longer lasting move up the depth chart at some point this season, however, and Saturday will be the team’s first chance to see how Mathieu handles life in the starting lineup.

22 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu likely to start on Saturday

  1. This dude is going to be a beast. Flying around like a blond Polamalu. I was lightweight hoping the Browns would draft him, but they didn’t. Plus, he has a much better structure for success in Arizona with his “brother” Patrick Peterson there to keep him out of trouble, something he wouldn’t have had here in Cleveland. I also wanted Shamarko Thomas. If both of those players end up being great players for near a decade I will be ticked that I “at times” am a better draftnik than Lombardi.

  2. He played well, suspiciously he was flying around like he was on METH …. test him now!

  3. in AZ with petterson was the perfect landing spot for honey badger. if he can stay out of trouble and keep his mental side straight he has superstar written all over him. kid just makes plays!

  4. Million dollar talent, 10 cent brain. The kid is an amazing athlete and has a high football IQ…..just cant stick to that one high though….

  5. So, the guy utters the phrase “help my team” a few times and keeps his nose clean through 2 weeks of TC and we’re no longer worried about him?

    Leopards don’t change their spots.

    Sooner or later, this dude will end up in trouble.

  6. Interesting to see the haters still on his case. Clearly, they don’t believe that two years away from the game and staring at the possibility that everything he’d worked for would be wasted isn’t enough of a wakeup call.

    I like his chances to succeed. Good group on the Cardinals. They will surprise this year.

    And Matthieu will be just fine.

  7. Being an outstanding performer for the Cards is like shooting fish in a barrel. They can only go up from last year or any year they don’t have the greatest qb in their long history – Kurt Warner. Did you know this club is the oldest in american history?

    Instead of Free Hernandez shirts, there should Free Fitzgerald shirts, LOL

  8. I truly do think he learned his lesson, he had a tremendous fall. He realized that he went from Heisman Trophy candidate and the Honey Badger to dope boy drop out. On the field all he does is make plays, his energy and passion are infectious and he is (as many of you have pointed out) in a perfect situation with Peterson and Minter both around to keep him focused. He’s an exciting player to watch. I’m pulling for him to succeed and get that big second contract because I’m not making excuses for him but I’m pretty sure most of his troubles were brought about by hanging around the wrong crowd. His “boys” cost him a lot of money.

  9. Serious playmaker while at LSU, very disruptive and not just a one game wonder either…great kick returner too, wait and see if they put him and Peterson back to field kickoffs!

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