Data Scout Notes: 2012: NA/Multiple Off-field issues...Dismissed from LSU...P1stC-CB&KR/P1stM-CB&KR/PWCamp/PThorpe/PNagurski/PBednarik...2011: HeismanTrophyFinalist/BednarikWinner/BednarikFinalist/1stC/1stAP/APDPOY/P2ndC/PBednarik...2010: NA
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10/07/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu looked "rusty" upon returning to his regular slot corner position, according to coach Bruce Arians. "He picked himself on the touchdown, didn't get over their quick enough," Arians said. "But it was good to see him back there. He can be a more vocal leader when he's in the fray instead of being back there by himself."
10/04/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu said he's ready to resume his Honey Badger role and play more in the slot and closer to the action up front after taking it easy to start the season because of his surgically-repaired right knee.
"It definitely will get us back in the thick of things of our true identity," cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "The nickel position is a huge play-making position for us, and to have a guy of his caliber back at the position definitely is something that can help our defense.
"Is he ready? We'll see. Only he will know that. I'm excited to see him back in his normal role."
09/29/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu is getting closer and closer to being the Honey Badger of old. How does he know this? Because like many of his Cardinals' teammates, he's wearing a GPS device that measures his exertion during workouts and games. Mathieu's numbers are trending upwards.
"I'm getting better," he said. "I'm starting to feel better after every game. My numbers were pretty much the same from the first quarter to the fourth quarter, so I think that says a lot."
The plan has been for Mathieu to come out every fourth series, but at halftime in Buffalo last Sunday he told coaches he wasn't coming out of the game in the second half. So he stayed in. The numbers show that Mathieu is maintaining his speed throughout the games. Against the Bills, he was running at 18 miles an hour. That has steadily improved, but his pre-injury number was 21, he said.
"I still have some work to do in that department," he said.
09/22/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu was limited Wednesday and Thursday with tendinitis and tightness in his surgically repaired knee, although he is expected to play against the Bills. He is just not ready, it appears, to return to his former role where he plays everywhere on the field. The first two weeks, the Honey Badger has played exclusively as a deep safety.
09/21/16 - S Tyrann Mathieu is still playing mostly center field for the Cardinals instead of in the middle of the field and up close to the line of scrimmage, where he has been his most disruptive. What does coach Bruce Arians need to see out of the "Honey Badger" before putting Mathieu back in his usual role? "Quickness. Speed. And him coming to me and saying he wants to," the coach said. "That didn't happen."