OXNARD, Calif. —
Selvie was working behind Brandon Bass, an undrafted player in his second year, until his play against the Dolphins.
“You’ve got to produce,” Selvie said. “If you don’t produce, I might be sitting at home again and know that I might not get another call.”
Selvie was a seventh-round pick by St. Louis in 2010 out of South Florida, where he had nearly 70 tackles for loss and 29 sacks in four seasons. He played in all 16 games as a rookie for the Rams, but was among the final cuts a year later.
Since then, he’s appeared in 20 games while bouncing from Carolina to Jacksonville and then Tampa Bay, which cut him before he could get on the field.
“The last few years have been a roller coaster ride,” the 26-year-old Selvie said. “I think you grow and you learn. I think I’m a better player. I didn’t want to be just a camp body. I’m not a camp body player, so I’ve got to go out there and show them what I’ve got.”
Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist in his second season with LSU in 2011, was a first-round talent who dropped to the third round.
The 21-year-old was mostly a cornerback and special teams star with the Tigers, but safety has been the 5-foot-9, 186-pound Mathieu’s predominant spot in camp with the Cardinals.