For now, you can’t have too many corners

Posted by Darren Urban on May 3, 2013 – 11:20 am

The trade earlier this week for cornerback Javier Arenas provided the Cardinals their 10th cornerback on the roster. That isn’t a surprise, but when seven of them have NFL experience already, the numbers alone will make for a very interesting battle heading into training camp. It doesn’t matter who the coaches have been that I have covered over the years, every single one — when asked about a situation like this — likes to say, “You can never have too many cornerbacks.” True, but you can’t keep too many cornerbacks either.

The quick lineup, aside from Arenas: Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers, Antoine Cason, Jamell Fleming, Justin Bethel, Bryan McCann and three UDFAs in Josh Hill, Prentiss Waggner and Ronnie Yell.

(And as a quick aside: I think the Cards didn’t mind adding another corner, but realize that they were going to get rid of fullback Anthony Sherman regardless, and if the only option coming back was a corner like Arenas, it’s better than just cutting Sherman loose.)

Here are the facts thus far when it comes to this cornerback situation:

— In minicamp, Powers was with the first unit opposite Peterson. Now, Cason seemed to be nursing some kind of leg injury that may have limited him, but again, it was Powers who signed the three-year contract. He might be getting the first shot there.

— Bethel was told he’d be playing corner rather than safety when the coaches first got a chance to talk to him. But who knows, given the cornerback/safety situation (the Cards have seven safeties and much less experience there) maybe Bethel ends up a swing guy again.

— This math of course counts Tyrann Mathieu as a safety because that’s what Bruce Arians said he’d be at first, but Mathieu also could be a nickel corner.

— Arenas’ size (5-9) seems to dictate he’d be a slot cover guy only.

— The numbers and influx of guys will make the second offseason for Fleming very, very interesting and very important. Third-round picks usually are locks to stay a second season. But with a new staff, you never know.

— Usually, teams keep nine or 10 defensive backs. With nine, you could see four cornerbacks and five safeties or, given this roster, probably five and four.

— It does open up trade possibilities, like when the Cards dealt A.J. Jefferson at the end of the preseason last year given their glut at the position.


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10 Responses to “For now, you can’t have too many corners”

  1. By AzDesertRat1953 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, that is a lot of talent all balled up ready to explode!

    Man this is hard waiting for this Team to be able to flex its muscles and show us how much better they are now and will be in the future.

    GO CARDS!!!

  2. By John The Draft Guy on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I think Jamell Fleming is the wild card here at CB.

    I thought his talent coming out of the draft last year would land him in the starting role this year. But rumors of a poor work ethic and other things has him fighting for a job.
    It would be interesting if Fleming put it together and became the starter. I think that would signal the end of Cason or Powers. Or would it?

    With Austin and Harvin in our division, keeping Arenas seems a lock. But He cant come out and replace, say Peterson if PP got injured.
    Also, With the Honey Badger and Bell, TM can drop on the slot and Bell would be the FS, eliminating the need for Arenas. With Arenas being so small, and can only be in the slot, he has a tough road ahead of him.

    Powers has started every game he is healthy, but hasn’t played a full year. Can you afford to take that chance? Opening the door for both Cason and Fleming.

    It will be one of the more interesting camp story lines.

    As Darren always says, it will play itself out on the practice field. But I will still say Fleming is the wild card.

  3. By Chuek 1 on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I can foresee a trade of a CB (and maybe a lower round draft pick ?) for an ILB at some point.

    I don’t think that it’s incorrect to also say “you can never have too many LBs”.

  4. By Rich on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    its good, at this point, to be loaded in the d backfield. I liked your article about avg age of the team. good stuff.

  5. By sbrown on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    at least the Cards have both talent and number of bodies to start camp with in the Def backfield. Way too much talent in the division at the WR position, so I like all the DB’s here now. With all the WR’s in camp, they all will get their chance to show the coaches what they got…
    Now with no FB, might open up a roster spot for one extra DB ?
    agree with Chuek 1, we could see a late pre season trade, helps move a player of a 6 or 7th round pick in ’14.

  6. By philly cards on May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I think that we have to depend on bethel and the crop from last yr. these 5’9″ guys are going to be a problem. Especially with honey badger being 5’9″ himself. This isn’t soccer so I’m worried.
    Where are the safteys? There is no size or experience in that secondary outside of pp.

  7. By Eazy E on May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Great problem to have. Hopefully 5 or 6 out of 10 can play.

  8. By ored on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    we may be revisiting the notion of acho giving it a go at the inside spot also,would definately be a run stuffing unit.

  9. By size on May 5, 2013 | Reply

    Size means nothing in pro sports if you have a good vertical jump ,or hops.

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