Wide receiver Brittan Golden admitted he was surprised when he was told on the airplane ride home from San Francisco he was going to be moving to defensive back.
“I was … ‘OK, whatever. Whatever happens, I’m ready,’ ” Golden said.
It’s not as if Golden has never played defensive back. He played cornerback and safety all through high school, and even a little bit as a freshman at West Texas A&M on the scout team. But he’s a wide receiver. It’s just unfortunate he’s on a team with a lot of wide receivers ahead of him. Playing defensive back — Bruce Arians said Golden would get work at nickel — is a nod toward the thin secondary, with Jerraud Powers nursing a calf strain. It left only Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel as true cornerbacks, although Tyrann Mathieu can play corner if need be.
So the Cards moved Golden. His use became less likely when the Cards signed veteran cornerback Corey White, who replaced the cut Robert Nelson Jr. (It says something that Nelson, despite being active, got zero snaps even after Powers got hurt Sunday.) Still, Arians is looking for a reason to keep Golden active on game days because Golden is so good on special teams — and the reality is there is no place to play wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, Smokey Brown, Michael Floyd, Jaron Brown and J.J. Nelson.
As for defensive snaps, “it’ll really depend on what they see at practice and if they think I’m ready to be out there,” Golden said. “Of course, I’m going to miss running routes. I’ve been doing that forever and it’s my favorite thing in the world. But it’s another opportunity.”
The Cards have done this before, moving Teddy Williams to cornerback from receiver (Williams, however, had started as a defensive back.) Golden said he just had to work on technique — although Smokey Brown was giving him grief about how many mental errors could pop up.
“It isn’t as bad as, I don’t know what I’m doing,” Golden said.
“In this league, it’s the more you can do and I’m just going to try and see it as an opportunity and a blessing and another chance to get on the field.”
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