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Jerraud Powers takes down a tackling dummy during practice.
There is, indeed, a lot of depth at the cornerback position as of now. General manager Steve Keim added Jerraud Powers and Antoine Cason via free agency and traded fullback Anthony Sherman to the Kansas City Chiefs for CB Javier Arenas.
Arenas has far more experience from the slot than any corner on the roster, so he may be on the fast track to earning the nickel role.
As for the starting spot opposite Patrick Peterson, that will be between Powers and Cason. Powers has been the No. 2 thus far during OTA work, and that could mean Cason falls all the way to a dime role early on.
A three-year starter with the San Diego Chargers, Cason likely would take issue with that. And who can blame him? Sure, teams run a lot of four-receiver sets. But not nearly as often as two- and three-receiver sets. His playing time would drop drastically if left to cover No. 4 receivers.
Then, there is Jamell Fleming—the second-year corner who earned a bunch of playing time early during his rookie season but was all but benched for good midway through the year. His development also comes into play when deciding who plays where.
In truth, his development could lead to a preseason trade much like the one last year that saw A.J. Jefferson leave for Minnesota in exchange for a conditional pick (sixth round).
This group is deep, but it is far from set at any position.