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Tyrann Mathieu shines in first practice back

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In 2015, Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu was having a year to remember before he suffered a torn ACL near the end of the regular season. He missed the team’s run to the NFC Championship Game, but he is trying to make a comeback for 2016.

Mathieu made his return to the team’s practice on Sunday and he seemed to do a lot more than they expected him to. He was only going to take a few snaps, but he talked about how he wanted to push himself as far as he could go before easing off the accelerator.

“Coach told me I was going to get a couple plays in and I thought about it and said, ‘What are a couple of plays going to do for me?’ So I pushed it a little bit,” Mathieu said.“My coaches, they kind of let me do my thing. I felt great and I’m pretty pleased with where I’m at. . . .

“I was fortunate I was able to come out here today and get some work. They were surprised how I was moving, the things I was doing. They were really encouraged. … Today was a good stepping stone for me.”

Last year, Mathieu recorded 80 tackles, 17 pass deflections, five interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and a sack. If he can do something similar to that in 2016, there is no doubt the Cardinals will be a real contender.

Mathieu looks to make his return to the field in the team’s season opener against the New England Patriots on Sept. 11.

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Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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