GLENDALE, Ariz. Jerraud Powers isnt the smallest cornerback in the NFL, but he still fields questions about his size.
Does it impact his durability? Does it affect his ability to tackle? Does it make it harder to cover big receivers?
"If you look around the league lately, there may be a trend toward taller corners like Seattle with (6-3 Richard) Sherman and (6-4 Brandon) Browner, but if you look at the history, its always been the 5-10 guy or even shorter," said Powers, who is generously listed at 5-10. "You still dont see too many Patrick Petersons out there, so if youve got ability and you can play, they cant deny you because of your size."
Size wasnt a consideration for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians when he pushed management to sign Powers in the offseason to a three-year, 10.5 million deal. Nor was Powers injury history, even though hes played in just 42 of a possible 64 NFL games due to an assortment of injuries.
"Sometimes, its just bad luck," Arians said. "He plays extremely ...