Tyrann Mathieu definitely isn't lacking confidence.
Despite coming off an injury-riddled season, Cardinals' DB Tyrann Mathieu doesn't think he's lost a single step.
“I’m the best player in the world," Mathieu told AZCardinals.com. "That’s how I feel.”
After missing six games last year, the former LSU star is poised for a comeback, and he realizes expectations are high for him this season after he inked a $62.5 million deal to go into his 2016 campaign.
“It’s stressful, having your back against the wall, but it’s something I take great joy in, coming out on the winning side of it,” he added. “I’ve done that a few times in my life.”
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim agrees that the pressure elevates Mathieu's play on the field.
"There is probably public pressure, that this guy has to do it, especially with the contract and the times when he's been healthy he's shown he's one of the more dynamic players in the NFL," Keim told AZCardinals.com. "But the great thing about him, no one puts more pressure on him than himself. There's no one who wants it more than him. He's had some real tough breaks. But I'd never bet against the guy."
Mathieu and the Cardinals kick off the regular season on September 10 with a matchup versus the Detroit Lions.