Friday, February 14, 2014
Cardinals' young talent recognized
By Josh Weinfuss
Give the credit to Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. He has a nose for finding top young players and building a franchise around them.
Two Cardinals were named to NFL.com's All-Under 25 team on Thursday, making Arizona just one of a handful of teams to place two on the 26-man team.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson, who'll be 24 when the 2014 season kicks off (the requirement was to be under 25 by Week 1) and safety Tyrann Mathieu, who turns 22 in May earned the honors. Both are among the league's best at their position and have the potential to be among the top tier of defensive backs for as long as they play.
Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in all three of his professional seasons and has been an All-Pro twice -- as a rookie it was as a punt returner and this year as a cornerback. Mathieu was making a strong case for defensive rookie of the year until he went down in Week 14 against St. Louis with an ACL and LCL injury.
Of the teams who had two players on the All-Under 25 teams was NFC West foe St. Louis, with defensive end Robert Quinn and punter Johnny Hekker.