Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu thinks he is the “best defensive player in the NFL” when he’s healthy, which suggests an overwhelming amount of confidence in his own ability.

His injury record doesn’t create the same kind of confidence about his ability to actually stay healthy, however, and playing in a career-low 10 games last season seems to have taken a toll on Mathieu’s belief in himself. Mathieu said on Monday that he is spending the early practices in training camp rediscovering the confidence he needs to thrive on the field.

“I feel good,” Mathieu said, via the Arizona Republic. “Just easing back into it, working back into it. Just gaining that confidence back, which is extremely important for me. Obviously, it’s a real important camp for me. Expectations are high for myself, so really I’m just going to take this time to work on fundamentals and like I said, get that confidence back.”

Source: Pro Football Talk
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