The Houston Texans took a calculated risk, one that would pay out with a big return, if Tyrann Mathieu returns to the All-Pro level play he had for several seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Now entrenched as a starting safety for the Texans, Mathieu is working on learning his new teammates and bringing a positive vibe to field.
“I just want to bring some energy, man,” Mathieu said at the conclusion of day two of training camp. “I want to make as many plays as possible. I just want to be a leader back there. Obviously, stepping into a new role, I have some teammates. All those guys have been doing a great job of really supporting me and embracing me. I just want to be the ultimate leader for those guys and just show those guys that I’m going to show up every day.”
Playing in all 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017, Mathieu and put up 78 total tackles with 7 pass deflections and 2 interceptions. With 11 career interceptions since 2013, Mathieu knows that the Texans are expecting big things from the veteran defensive back.
“Tyrann Mathieu had a good spring, good player, really solid player, really smart guy, good instincts, good ball skills and we’re excited to have him,” coach Bill O’Brien said of Mathieu, “I like what he brings to the table.”
Wanting to be a leader who the Texans can depend on, Mathieu knows he has to bring “your attitude and your energy level” to the field everyday.
“It’s all about your attitude, how you approach things,” Mathieu explained. “Obviously camp is long and it can get tedious sometimes. You get tired of looking at your teammates sometimes, too, but it’s a lot of things you have to push through. I think me wanting to be a leader on this team, that’s something that I have to make sure I hold myself accountable as well.”
— patrick (@PatDStat) July 28, 2018
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