It is something we tend to hear every single offseason -- there is some Arizona Cardinals player set to break out in the coming season. We have heard Michael Floyd, Rob Housler and Andre Ellington. It just hasn't really worked out as people think.
This year's edition is a player Cardinals fans feel will be a star and, based on the amount of camera and radio time he is getting, he and the team feel it, too. That would be safety Tyrann Mathieu.
He is one of 20 players CBS Sports' Pete Prisco has targeted as breakout stars for 2015.
When he's been on the field, he's been effective. He's smart, tough and tenacious. But he had a major knee injury in 2013 that limited him early last season and then a thumb injury late in the season. He's healthy now and should be a big part of the defense because of his ability to play different spots.
Mathieu did not have eye-popping stats his rookie season, but he was an integral part of the success of the Cardinals defense. His instincts and playmaking abilities, combined with his background and popularity coming out of college are the perfect mix to turn him into a star.
He has to stay healthy and the Cardinals will need to find him a role. What exactly he will play in 2015 is still up in the air. He might be an every down safety. He might rotate in at safety. He might play in the slot or he might not. There is still time to determine that role.
However, if he is to be the star many expect him to become, it will be hard to take him off the field.