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Cornerback Antoine Cason is a Cardinal set to surprise at training camp and possibly claim the starting cornerback role opposite Patrick Peterson.
Cason signed a one-year deal, and the former Charger will compete with Jerraud Powers for that starting role. Powers is another former Colt who made the move west after Arians was named head coach.
Powers has fought with injury issues, as he has never played a full 16-game season. Last season, he only made eight appearances and has never been in more than 12 games in a season.
Cason is able to contribute more in the running game as well, and the stats show it. Cason recorded 73 total tackles last season (11 assisted), while Powers has never turned in more than 57 stops in any of his four NFL seasons. Last season, Powers had only 33 tackles in eight games, and he recorded the same number in 12 games the prior season. Each player averages two interceptions a season, so they're identical in that regard.
Cason signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Arizona in March, while Powers signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract. Perhaps the smaller contract might motivate Cason, but he should be a surprise as he battles Powers for the starting job.