Tyrann Mathieu: Mike Hughes has shown why he was a first-round pick

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The Chiefs didn’t have to give up much to acquire cornerback Mike Hughes in a trade with the Vikings this offseason and the low price was a reflection of how Hughes didn’t live up to expectations after being picked in the first round in 2018.

Hughes only played 24 games during his three years in Minnesota because of injuries and his lack of time on the field allowed the Chiefs to pick him and a 2022 seventh-round pick up in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round selection. Hughes spent the OTA period getting familiar with his new defense and safety Tyrann Mathieu said the process ended well for his teammate.

“He’s coming along,” Mathieu said, via USAToday.com. “He’s coming along really good. You know when he first got here, obviously, it’s a kind of complex system. Especially for the defensive backs. It’s a lot of reads, a lot of pattern readings, a lot of communication that takes place. But I thought that these last couple of practices that he’s had, he’s really shown why he was a first-round draft pick.”

Looking like a first-round pick on the field isn’t worth much if you can’t stay on the field, but the Chiefs took a flier that a change of scenery will coincide with a change in fortunes on the medical front. Their defense will be deeper if that bet pays off.

7 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu: Mike Hughes has shown why he was a first-round pick

  1. This is the move I expected the Eagles to make to upgrade the secondary but nope.. nothing new at CB. Maybe they will address the position next year. Best of luck for Hughes to get his career back on track.

  2. Should have offered Breeland more money. Hughes was better for the Vikings when he was injured than when he was on the field.

  3. I think his first play for the Vikings was a pick six. (Badly thrown ball but he was in the right place.) But he was pretty much injured most of the rest of his tenure. He has talent, but that neck injury two years in a row is concerning. I would be afraid my next big hit might be my last. Hope he is listening to his doctors.

  4. Wish the best for this kid, he started his career out with a BANG, but since fizzled out. Looking forward to this new Vikes secondary of proven veteran’s with some hungry young ones behind.

  5. The issue with Hughes is his ability to stay healthy. 6, 14, and 4 games played over the the last three seasons, with only 7 total starts.

  6. He was never a bad player but he couldn’t stay on the field. The Vikings knew they wouldn’t bring him back for 2022 so figured they would get what they could for him (not much) this year and go with other proven veterans for 2021.

  7. He never really improved in the Vikings secondary during his tenure, which for his sake hopefully was because he was injury prone. This Viking fan wishes him the best — he’s in a good situation this year to succeed.

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