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Honey Badger Expects To Be His Best

Healthy Offseason Will Help Mathieu

March 31, 2018 - 4:57 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Texan safety, Tyrann Mathieu, joined the Jim Rome Show on Friday and again explained why he joined the Texans, and why he thinks his best football is still ahead of him.

“I think they have great potential, especially defensively,” Mathieu said. “I’m excited about playing with Watt, I’m excited about playing with Clowney. 

In addition to Clowney and Watt, Mathieu joins a defense with a lot of injured players returning.  Whitney Mercilus is back after playing in five games before tearing his pectoral muscle last year. Mercilus had 19.5 sacks in 2015 and 2016.  The defense also added Aaron Colvin to the secondary.

It’s Mathieu we’re talking about though, and if there are cynics about Mathieu, it’s that he’s lost a step, that he’s fragile, and that his injuries have taken a toll on him.

“I did have some setbacks, I did have some injuries. With injuries, you may lose a step or two, and for me that’s what I felt like last season,” Mathieu said. “I need to get that step back, for me it’s working on explosiveness, working on that lateral quickness, working on all the things that made me who I am.”

Despite the injuries Mathieu has had in his career, and the thought that he may have lost a step, the Honey Badger still played more snaps than anyone in the NFL last year.  Another positive angle for Mathieu is that he enters an offseason healthy.

“I’ve been putting in great work this off-season, working with a lot of different people just trying to sharpen my game up.  This is one of the few off seasons I’ve had that I didn’t have to rehab, so I can strictly focus on getting better on my craft,” Mathieu added.

Mathieu is still young, still has a lot of football to play.  How well he plays, and if he can get back to his top form are the questions that hang over the 25-year-old, but challenges aren’t anything new for him.

“My back has been against the wall my entire live, I’ve always had challenges.  Whether it’s been an injury, whether it’s been self-inflicted things that I’ve done, whether it’s been me hanging with the wrong kind of people,” Mathieu said.  “I think having the heart of the badger is absolutely that, continually overcoming things to get to your goals.”