TEMPE, Ariz. Since he was drafted, Cardinals third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu has been a greater focal point of the Phoenix media than top pick Jonathan Cooper or second-round pick Kevin Minter.
Given his myriad accomplishments at LSU -- and his equally notable missteps off the field -- that made sense.
But as organized team activities (OTAs) entered their third week on Monday at the teams Tempe headquarters, the only heat Mathieu was feeling was that of the withering Arizona sun.
It was 100 degrees at nine oclock at night this weekend, Mathieu said with the wonder of a Valley newbie. You cant even go and sit by the pool at night. Its the same temperature it is during the day.
Mathieu will adjust in time. In the interim, he has more pressing adjustments hes looking to make, most notably, his shift to the free safety position.
The mental side of it is a challenge -- being at a different position, being in control of the entire secondary, making sure Im calling the right calls and mak...