Tyrann Mathieu claims he feels better than ever, and NFL.com’s Conor Orr notes that the Cardinals defensive back is no longer wearing a knee brace or thumb cast. Despite Mathieu being healthy for the first time in his career, the former third-rounder is still tentative about his recovery:
“It just feels good to be free…You try to stay as optimistic as possible, but there is a reality to it, too. It’s kind of hard to keep telling yourself it’s going to be all right, especially when we got into the thick of everything last year, thinking that if I was 100 percent, I’d probably be able to help my team a whole lot more than I’m doing right now.”
Let’s take a look at some more notes from the NFC…
- With OTAs starting next Tuesday, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com discussed Washington‘s situation at quarterback. El-Bashir opines that Colt McCoy has the slight edge over Kirk Cousins for the backup gig, and Tandler believes undrafted rookie Hutson Mason could also put up a fight.
- ESPN.com’s John Keim hypothesizes that Washington could cut cornerback Tracy Porter and save $2.33MM, but the writer doesn’t believe the team has the necessary depth to make that move.
- ESPN.com’s Nick Wagoner says the Rams had interest in bringing back offensive lineman Joe Barksdale, and their offer to him early in the season was in the range of $2.5MM to $3MM. Barksdale ultimately bet on himself, and he ended up with a one-year, minimum salary deal from the Chargers.