Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu
26-Year-Old SafetyS
Kansas City Chiefs
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 three-year, $42 million contract with the Chiefs in March of 2019.
New deal made official
SKansas City Chiefs
March 14, 2019
Mathieu officially signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the Chiefs on Thursday.
Mathieu projects to be a major upgrade for Kansas City's secondary, which finished among the worst pass defenses in the league last season and allowed 273.4 yards per game. The 26-year-old is coming off a 2018 prove-it campaign with the Texans, in which he matched his career-high in tackles (89) while notching three sacks, two interceptions and one recovered fumble.
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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
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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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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Posts sack in win
SHouston Texans
November 19, 2018
Mathieu recorded nine tackles (eight solo), including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Redskins.
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Notches sack in second straight game
SHouston Texans
October 26, 2018
Mathieu made seven tackles (six solo) and one sack in Thursday's 42-23 win over the Dolphins.
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Grabs interception in win
SHouston Texans
October 22, 2018
Mathieu recorded five tackles (four solo), including a sack, and an interception in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.
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