Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is really good. Tyrann Mathieu is aware that he’s really good. And Tyrann Mathieu is a third-round draft pick still working under his rookie contract, so Tyrann Mathieu is trying to get as much positive attention and money as possible.
So for Mathieu to say that he actually gets upset when his teammate, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, gets less attention than him, it shows how good Peterson must be. For further proof, Peterson’s peers around the league (including Mathieu) voted him No. 18 on the NFL Network’s ranking of the league’s top 100 players for 2016.
In his praise of Peterson, college and pro teammate Mathieu talked about how opposing teams would have to resort to calling screen plays for their No. 1 receiver just to free them from Peterson’s shadow-like coverage and get the ball in their hands once or twice. That list of No. 1 receivers would include Antonio Brown (Steelers) and A.J. Green (Bengals), who Peterson held last season to two catches for 24 yards and two catches for 26 yards, respectively.
Peterson finished the 2015 campaign with 35 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl and voted AP All-Pro first team for the third time.
You can watch the NFL Network segment on Peterson HERE, and check out a highlight reel below: