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Report: Tyrann ‘Honey Badger’ Mathieu Draws Interest From Jets

January 22, 2013 9:34 AM

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FAIRHOPE, Ala. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former LSU star Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu is at the Senior Bowl attempting to repair his image and convince NFL teams that he has changed his ways.

The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist was just a spectator Monday, watching ex-teammate Lavar Edwards and the rest of the Senior Bowl’s South team practice. But Mathieu hopes to meet with interested NFL teams during his trip.

Mathieu knows he doesn’t have room for more missteps off the field and said he’ll understand if team officials react with skepticism.

“They have every right to do that,” Mathieu said. “I’m not really looking forward to people trusting me today or tomorrow. Trust takes time, especially when you’ve done a lot of things for people not to be able to trust you. It may take two years. It may take five years, it may take until I’m 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I’m doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player.”

According to the New York Post, Mathieu is already “drawing interest” from teams — including the Jets.

Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU team last August for failing a drug test. He was arrested in late October along with three other former LSU players — including quarterback Jordan Jefferson — after police said they found marijuana at Mathieu’s apartment.

He said his NFL ambitions haven’t changed even if his days as the “Honey Badger” ended with his college career.

He has been training for the NFL combine in south Florida but was just in Arizona training with Patrick Peterson, a former LSU cornerback now with the Arizona Cardinals.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis and the Giants’ Corey Webster have also offered their advice, the Post reported.

“I took a few days off from training just to come here and meet with a few coaches and just be back around football again,” Mathieu said.

Mathieu, who didn’t arrive with any meetings set up, said he knows his behavior will be scrutinized as much as his 40 time.

“This is my last shot,” he said. “You’ve got to learn when to do things and when not to do things, when to party and when not to party. Every day is football. That’s the biggest thing I got out of it. I’m just ready to live a football life.”

He said his goals haven’t changed even though his path to a football career has, and still feels he’s a future Pro Bowler.

Mathieu, though, said the past few months have been “really just getting a grip on myself, personally, spiritually and emotionally.”

He knows the kids hovering behind a fence calling out “Honey Badger” still think of him by that moniker that became a nationwide sensation.

“I definitely want to do it the right way this time,” Mathieu said. “I think in my career at LSU, the Honey Badger kind of just came to an abrupt end. Hopefully, I’m going to give these kids something to look forward to growing up.”

However he’s known, Mathieu said he had to make changes in lifestyle, starting with the people around him.

Now, he has to convince NFL teams.

“Basically, I just had to take myself out of that situation that I was involved in and get away from all those kinds of people and just really starting hanging myself around positive people, people who are actually doing what I want to do in my life,” Mathieu said. “And that’s being a professional football player. I think everything’s going very well right now. I feel real good about myself. I just try to keep a smile on.”

He doesn’t smile when talking about eventual national champion Alabama’s winning touchdown against the Tigers in November, which essentially knocked LSU out of title contention. It came on a screen pass to T.J. Yeldon when freshman cornerback Jalen Mills blitzed.

“I would have given everything” to be on the field, Mathieu said. “That was a freshman on that blitz and I would have been a junior so I would have known that play was coming. I would have been able to do something.

“It hurts, but it’s something that I’ve got to live with now.”

Edited by Jetsfan80

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Slow news day.

I'm sure the Jets have interest in a bunch of players....

Revis

Cro

Wilson

Mathieu

Too much money and roster space invested into the CB position.

This makes zero sense. He's not going to be taken 9th overall. He's probably a 3rd round pick. His salary will be minimal.

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This makes zero sense. He's not going to be taken 9th overall. He's probably a 3rd round pick. His salary will be minimal.

You don't burn a 3rd rounder on a dime back. This makes plenty of sense. I'd like to see Mathieu on the field immediately if we spent an early 3rd on him.

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You don't burn a 3rd rounder on a dime back. This makes plenty of sense. I'd like to see Mathieu on the field immediately if we spent an early 3rd on him.

The jets have already burned a 1st round pick on a dime back. This would be an improvement.

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Bringing in Mathieu could only mean we intend to deal either Revis or Cro, IMO.

Although Mathieu was predominantly a CB at LSU, taking over for PP, he was used in a lot of hybrid SS/LB/CB roles. If brought in he'd be a mid-round pick and I'd imagine he'd be taking reps from Bush or Allen before Cro or Wilson, but who knows. I could definitely get on board with bringing in someone like Tyrann to take over for Wilson and and have Wilson slide in for Cro, assuming we keep revis.

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You don't burn a 3rd rounder on a dime back. This makes plenty of sense. I'd like to see Mathieu on the field immediately if we spent an early 3rd on him.

No, it doesnt.

Plus, he's probably going to safety in the NFL.

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No, it doesnt.

Plus, he's probably going to safety in the NFL.

Yeah! you know thats thats right! we need a safety after LaRon goes. If Idzik is a smart GM he'll draft Mathieu

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UPDATE: Jets met with Mathieu.

http://espn.go.com/b...-tyrann-mathieu

Reports: Jets meet with 'Honey Badger'

January, 22, 2013

Jan 22

12:39

PM ET

By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com

The Jets met with former LSU star Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu at the Senior Bowl on Monday, according to multiple reports.

The troubled cornerback, who was arrested on drug-related charges in October, met with the media and teams Monday in hopes of improving his stock for the NFL draft.

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Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY SportsTyrann Mathieu took in an NBA game in New Orleans on Saturday.

"I'm not really looking forward to people trusting me today or tomorrow. Trust takes time, especially when you've done a lot of things for people not to be able to trust you," Mathieu said, according to The Associated Press. "It may take two years. It may take five years, it may take until I'm 30 years old for people to start trusting Tyrann again. But the truth is, I'm doing the right things and just looking forward to being a football player."

Mathieu will turn 21 in May. The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist was booted from the LSU squad last summer for a violation of team rules; a source told ESPN.com in August that Mathieu had repeatedly violated LSU's substance abuse policy for athletes.

In 2011, Mathieu had two fumble recoveries for touchdowns as well as two punt returns for a score. He was also named the MVP of the 2011 SEC championship game and won the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the top defensive college player.

Mathieu said that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Giants cornerback Corey Webster and Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson have been giving him advice through this process, according to the New York Post.

"This is my last shot," Mathieu said Monday. "You've got to learn when to do things and when not to do things, when to party and when not to party. Every day is football. That's the biggest thing I got out of it. I'm just ready to live a football life."

The Jets are set at cornerback with Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson, but it never hurts to add depth -- Revis is coming off ACL surgery and Wilson has two years left on his deal.

Edited by Jetsfan80

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