As a third-round pick, the money isn’t exactly reeling in for Mathieu — this may be a good thing for the ex-LSU Tigers cornerback considering is drug issues in the past. With a bigger paycheck the urge to spend insane amounts of cash on drugs is going to be much greater. Hopefully, Mathieu has kicked his detrimental habit, because if he can perform at the Heisman Trophy finalist level that he did in 2011 than the sky is the limit.
Unfortunately, the rust is going to be there for the Honey Badger considering he has not even played in a football game since January of 2012.
Patrick Peterson will be alongside Mathieu this season where the two will be reunited after playing college ball together while at LSU. The issues that Mathieu had at the collegiate level should be put in the past — keep in mind Peterson knows all too well about Mathieu’s lifestyle and choices. Even still, if these two are able to buckle down they will be able to cover a tremendous amount of ground on Sunday’s.
In order for the Cardinals to succeed in a tough NFC West they will need this talented, youthful and exciting group of defensive backs to handle both Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Getting his foot in the door as a rookie, Mathieu is now forced to defend these exceptional quarterbacks four times each season — let’s see how he fares.