Rookie Tyrann Mathieu has been nothing but great for the Cardinals this year. Many people lost faith in this young man after his incident with the LSU Tigers. Fortunately for Cardinal fans, with the help of his former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson, he has performed at a very high level this year. This brings up an interesting topic that will be addressed later on. That is, could Mathieu possibly be the rookie of the year? So far, yes he is. Mathieu has been a total positive addition to the solid defense this year. Yes, he has had some rookie mistakes but he has played phenomenal.
What if Patrick Peterson hadn't helped Mathieu overcome his problems and get him back on the right path? That could be a nightmare to think about. With his story and background along with the way he has played this year, it leaves him a favorable argument for rookie of the year.
Many other rookies haven't lived up to their expectations this year such as Tavon Austin. Of course, it doesn't help when your quarterback is down and out, but even with Bradford he didn't perform well. The only rookie that really could give Mathieu a run for his money would be Geno Smith. That only happens if Smith takes the Jets to the playoffs, which could happen. Overall, Mathieu looked like a promising pick for the Cardinals when they took him. In the 10 games he has played so far, this has been true.
During this weeks game against the Colts, it will be the first time that Andrew Luck and Tyrann Mathieu face off. The last time we heard the names Luck and Mathieu were when they were battling for the Heisman trophy. If the Cardinals want to win this game on Sunday, shutting down Luck will be the key. With the way that this Cardinal defense has been playing as of late, it is very possible for them to do it.
Watch out for Mathieu. He could be one of the best at his position of all time by the end of his career. As for now, he needs to help his Cardinals get to the playoffs.