There was no question that the Arizona Cardinals took a huge risk selecting former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft, but team hopes the strides he has made translate to on-field success.
With the news that he will start Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official website, it looks like the risk is already beginning to pay off as Arizona challenges in the tough NFC West division.
Cardinals’ defensive lineman Frostee Rucker told Urban about the changes he has seen in Mathieu and how teammates are helping him understand what the NFL is all about:
Donald Wood, Bleacher Report.
Every NFL team needs a Mr. Fix-it. He’s the new player you plug in to help strengthen a particular position or unit, the guy who’s been there, done that, and also has the personality to thrive in any locker room.
The Cardinals might have found their Mr. Fix-it in right tackle Eric Winston, the eight-year veteran who has started 105 consecutive games since his rookie season.
Signed two days before the start of training camp after failing to find big money on the free-agent market, Winston has stepped in and quickly provided stability to an offensive line that has had more than its share of critics.
Not only does he bring experience, toughness, and a passion for the game, he’s a colorful character who was immediately embraced and respected by his teammates.
“We’re happy he’s here,” starting center Lyle Sendlein said. “He’s come in and stepped up big for us right away. He’s got a great sense of humor and he’s fun to be around, but he’s pretty blunt sometimes.”
Bob McManaman, azcentral.com