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Did they trade three second-rounders to move up three slots to take a pipsqueak QB from a spread offense? They should be sued for gross negligence if that is the case.
Interceptions can be totally random from year to year, and I think there’s plenty of upside in targeting a guy with Mathieu’s football instincts, especially given that he’s still just 25 years old. The Texans are already deep at corner with Colvin, Joseph, Kareem Jackson and Kevin Johnson, so Houston might very well just stick with Mathieu as a full-time safety and use him and Andre Hal as interchangeable players inside and outside the box.
The roster has a long way to go before completion, though. AJ McCarron steps in for Taylor, but quarterback is still a primary concern. Once the team drafts its next franchise signal-caller, far more will be needed to supplement the passing game.
The Bills have yet to reach consistent contender status. Even so, they seem to have found the right man for the job.
At his peak in 2015, Mathieu was a ball-hawking force of nature, capable of shifting between free safety and serving as a slot cornerback from snap to snap. The former LSU star picked off five passes, made 11 tackles for loss and knocked away 17 passes in 14 games before suffering his second torn ACL in three years. Since then, Mathieu has suited up far more frequently like a pure free safety, and the production hasn’t been there. Over 26 games during 2016-17, the Honey Badger recorded just two interceptions, nine tackles for loss and eight pass breakups.
Pittsburgh’s home opening 5-4 win against the Minnesota Twins (2-2) on Monday at PNC Park was not sold out and, after a scheduled day off Tuesday, a forecast for cold, rainy weather Wednesday could shrink the crowd size for the second and final game of the series.
It won’t dampen the Pirates’ spirits.