Walker: It’s just OTAs, but Tyrann Mathieu has already made a lasting first impression with Saints

Tyrann Mathieu hasn’t even put on a pair of shoulder pads and made a tackle or interception yet.

But somehow he’s still managed to impress his new teammates, even during OTAs.

That’s why Chauncey Gardner-Johnson wasted little time making his way to Twitter on Tuesday when the Saints’ voluntary offseason work began.

“First day with the Badger, Sheesh,” Gardner-Johnson tweeted.

The words were followed by a caution sign emoji, perhaps a warning to every quarterback and offensive coordinator in the league who will face the Saints defense this season.

The badger, of course, refers to the Honey Badger, the nickname of the New Orleans native and former LSU standout who signed with his hometown Saints in early May.

It’s early, but he’s already making his mark, doing all the little things that often separate good players from great ones.

He’s early to team meetings. He’s attentive when he’s there, trying to learn the ins and outs of the Saints’ defensive schemes after spending the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and five of the six years before that with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him in 2013.

“He’s every bit of his reputation,” Saints co-defensive coordinator Kris Richard said. “Consummate professional. Humble. Coachable. There is a reason why this guy has been an All-Pro.”

As a player entering his 10th NFL season, Mathieu very well could have skipped these voluntary sessions just like some of the other seasoned…

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