Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu
26-Year-Old SafetyS
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Texans in March of 2018.
Makes impact in first game as Texan
SHouston Texans
September 10, 2018
Mathieu had five tackles, a pass defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Patriots in Week 1.
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Mathieu, who was named a team captain last week, made an impact in his first game as a Texan. He reacted to a tipped ball to secure his first pick of the season deep in New England territory -- setting up the Texans' first score -- and later pounced on a Rob Gronkowski fumble near midfield. "That's why we brought him here," head coach Bill O'Brien told Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site. "We think he's an instinctive player. He played a good, solid game."
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    130
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
560
37
2017
1056
207
2018
130
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other Ss)

Height:   5' 9"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   185 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.50 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.14 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.87 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   31.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   34 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   117 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   4 reps
TERRIBLE
Houston Texans Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Focusing on safety position
SHouston Texans
May 16, 2018
The Texans want Mathieu to focus on playing safety, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "We told [Mathieu] that we really do value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann. Then, in different packages that are played less of the time, maybe he does something else."
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Joins Houston
SHouston Texans
March 16, 2018
The Texans signed Mathieu to a one-year contract worth up to $7 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Cut loose by Arizona
SFree Agent
March 14, 2018
The Cardinals released Mathieu on Wednesday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
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Asked to reduce upcoming salary
SArizona Cardinals
March 8, 2018
The Cardinals asked Mathieu to "take a pay cut" Thursday, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports.
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Future in organization uncertain
SArizona Cardinals
March 1, 2018
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and head coach Steve Wilks weren't willing to give any assurances that Mathieu would remain with the team in 2018 when broached about the topic Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. "It's what we are doing right now with the coaching staff, looking not only at Tyrann but every player, and see how they fit," Keim said. "How they fit what we are asking them to do schematically, and how they fit from a salary standpoint, all those things moving forward."
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