Mathieu carried that momentum into his first preseason game, collecting a 12-yard sack, causing an incomplete pass with a big hit and adding a 24-yard punt return in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals' 17-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The early signs suggest the playmaking ability that Mathieu displayed at LSU is translating well to the NFL. While he's not as naturally gifted as Ed Reed, Mathieu does share a similar sixth sense on the field.
The rookie saw the bulk of his playing time with Arizona's second-string defense. That will change quickly if he continues to impress in practice and preseason action. He and Patrick Peterson have the potential to lead a dynamic Cardinals secondary.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.