Tyrann Mathieu returning to form with two picks Monday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Honey Badger is on his way back.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu looked like the Tyrann Mathieu of old Monday, intercepting two passes during 11-on-11, including one that displayed his athleticism for the first time since his 2013 knee injury.

He easily picked off his first when quarterback Carson Palmer threw it nearly right to him. His second, however, was more impressive.

Defending 6-foot-7 tight end Ifeanyi Momah along the sideline, Mathieu was in front of Momah and timed his jump perfectly on a slightly underthrown pass to intercept Palmer. As Mathieu, who's listed at 5-foot-9, elevated, Momah came from behind him and tried to reach over Mathieu, but the Honey Badger snagged the ball out of mid-air.

Mathieu has three career interceptions -- one last season and two as a rookie in 2013. Arizona finished last season with 18 picks compared to 20 the year before. The Cardinals have had more interceptions with him on the field than without him.

From Weeks 6 to 17 last season, when Mathieu had a regular role in the rotation, he was on the field for 10 of Arizona's 13 interceptions during that stretch, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In 13 games as a rookie, Mathieu was on the field for 15 of the Cardinals' 17 interceptions.

Before his first pick Monday, his college teammate Patrick Peterson jumped a route and intercepted Palmer as well.