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Week 14 Outlook
Tyrann Mathieu is active for the Saints’ Week 1 matchup with Atlanta.
Mathieu missed practice with an illness and was listed as questionable heading into Sunday. If Mathieu was unable to go, there would have been a void at after since the Saints traded C.J. Gardner-Johnson to Philadelphia. With Matthieu active, the Saints DST is strong option against Atlanta in Week 1.
New Orleans S Tyrann Mathieu missed practice with an illness and is listed as questionable ahead of the Saints' Week 1 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN's Field Yates.
Mathieu was one of the Saints' big offseason acquisitions and is expected to play a major role. The team was confident in their safety/slot group enough to the point where they shipped off C.J. Gardner-Johnson to the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathieu will likely be good to go against the Falcons and, against what looks like a weak offense, the Saints DST is a strong streaming defense for opening week.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Saints are signing veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu.
After weeks of negotiating and several visits with the Saints, the former All-Pro safety has committed to sign with the team. The terms of the contract remain unknown but this is the largest post-draft acquisition to date. During his time with the Chiefs, Mathieu racked up three consecutive Pro-Bowl appearances as well as being voted a first-team All-Pro during his 2020 season.
The New Orleans Saints are expected to resume talks with free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu.
The Saints are now thin at the safety position, having Marcus Williams leave in free agency and Malcom Jenkins retire this offseason. They failed to land a safety in the draft, and it appears they are now setting their sights back on Mathieu and will make an aggressive push to sign him. The veteran safety would help fill the gap in the Saints' defense and bring good veteran leadership.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu and the Philadelphia Eagles had a virtual meeting on Thursday.
Mathieu, who’s a three time first-team all-pro and 2019 Super Bowl champion, met with the New Orleans Saints earlier this week but left without agreeing to a deal. The Eagles have an opening at safety with their 2021 starter, Rodney McLeod, still out on the open market. Mathieu, who will be 30 years-old and entering his 10th season in the NFL in 2022, is still performing at a high level late into his career. In 2021, Mathieu recorded 76 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, and was selected to his 3rd Pro Bowl. Mathieu would be a welcomed addition to an Eagles defense that gave up a league worst 69.4% completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks in 2021.