Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu
27-Year-Old SafetyS
Kansas City Chiefs
Injury Shoulder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mathieu hasn't put it together as a real-life safety and perhaps never will, but for IDP purposes he's a high-ceiling option as a three-down player in a Chiefs secondary that figures to see plenty of targets due to the pace set by Patrick Mahomes. Mathieu's poor coverage metrics in Houston didn't dissuade Kansas City from giving him a three-year, $42 million contract, so for a year at least he's just about locked in for 1,000 snaps. His upside scenario requires being unleashed more as a blitzer, the way he was used at LSU. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2019.
Limited at practice
SKansas City Chiefs
August 20, 2019
Mathieu (shouler) was a partial-participant at Tuesday's practice, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Mathieu hurt his shoulder in the Chiefs' second preseason game, but the issue was not considered serious. It looks like the Chiefs are going to ease him back into the swing of things at practice in order to ensure he does not aggravate the injury. The 27-year-old is entering his seventh season and first with the Chiefs. He is expected to start at strong safety.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tyrann Mathieu's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
185 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
Shuttle Time
4.14 sec
Cone Drill
6.87 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
117 in
Bench Press
4 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Mathieu and the Cardinals couldn't get it quite right, but Houston was eager to give him a new shot at safety. Something of a safety/slot corner tweener for the Cardinals, Mathieu's role with the Texans should be more conducive to IDP production even if he isn't effective in real-life terms. It's been ages, but Mathieu was at one time a fearsome blitzer and turnover machine at LSU, so hopefully the Texans can unearth that earlier form.
Injuries have robbed Mathieu of the stardom that otherwise likely would have been in store for him to this point, but with a new season comes new hopes that we might see what was previously denied. After a torn ACL ended his 2015 and a shoulder issue held him to 560 snaps in 10 games last year, the 25-year-old will hopefully see a full season this time around. Renowned for his blitzing and playmaking ability in coverage, there is untapped upside here but also a wide range of possibility. With Tony Jefferson no longer around, there is in any case ample opportunity.
Mathieu suffered his second torn ACL in three seasons last December, but not before emerging as one of the NFL's top defensive backs on the back of 89 tackles, 17 passes defended, five interceptions (one pick-six), one forced fumble, and one sack in 14 games. The injury (and his slow recovery from the first ligament tear) have seemingly inspired the three-year pro to wait until he's ready to contribute to his entire capacity, leaving his availability for Week 1 in limbo. No matter if he takes the field at the outset of the upcoming campaign (or not), he could have a contract extension in hand as a result of ongoing negotiations with the Cardinals.
Mathieu was off his game in 2014 due to his recovery from ACL and LCL tears suffered in the previous campaign. However, the Cardinals' previous defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, was forced to use five or six defensive backs on most snaps, meaning Mathieu still maintained a steady role. By season's end, Mathieu had notched 37 tackles (35 solo), four passes defended, one interception, two tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery in 13 contests. Unfortunately for Mathieu, Rashad Johnson also mans free safety and led the defense with 93 tackles and four interceptions last year, who could place a damper on Mathieu's eventual snap count and, by proxy, his production.
Mathieu won't necessarily produce like a top-25 IDP this year, but that would only be the case if the torn ACL/LCL injury he suffered in December limits his workload early in the season. He's expected to be ready for Week 1, however, so there's a decent chance that he's ready to hit the ground running by the time the season starts. To the surprise of no one who ever saw him play at LSU, Mathieu displayed unique upside as a safety/slot corner hybrid. Despite playing a part-time role early in the year, he finished with 68 tackles (65 solo), one sack, and two interceptions in 13 games, and he'll be locked into a three-down role this year as soon as he's physically able to play. Mathieu forced 11 fumbles and posted 16 tackles for loss in his two years at LSU, and his nose for the ball gives him significant upside once he regains full strength.
Mathieu will battle for the starting free safety position against Yeremiah Bell. Mathieu will also likely be featured on special teams as the Cardinals will look to utilize his return ability.
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Injury not serious
SKansas City Chiefs
August 18, 2019
Coach Andy Reid said Sunday that Mathieu (shoulder) likely would've stayed in the game if it was during the regular season, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Exits with shoulder injury
SKansas City Chiefs
August 17, 2019
Mathieu is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Steelers after suffering a shoulder injury.
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New deal made official
SKansas City Chiefs
March 14, 2019
Mathieu officially signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Chiefs on Thursday.
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Lands in Kansas City
SHouston Texans
March 11, 2019
The Chiefs are closing in on a deal to sign Mathieu, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Records eight tackles Saturday
SHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Mathieu had eight solo tackles in Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts.
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