Tyrann Mathieu to start at safety

Updated: November 7, 2013, 10:24 PM ET
By Josh Weinfuss | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When the Cardinals released their depth chart for Sunday's game against Houston earlier this week, there was one noticeable change.

Rookie Tyrann Mathieu was listed as the starting free safety ahead of veteran Rashad Johnson.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said the move was made because Mathieu gives the Cardinals more options in their schemes and coverages.

"He gives us a little bit more versatility as far as playing man coverage with the tight ends ...

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