Bruce Arians 'Pleased' With Colts Corners, Including The 'Solid' Jerraud Powers

Jonathan Daniel

Sunday's game was so bad for Powers that the man who routinely toasted him, rookie Josh Gordon, might as well have played the game with a flamethrower on his back.

Look, let's not ignore the obvious: Jerraud Powers is playing like crap.

Sunday's game was so bad for Powers that the man who routinely toasted him, rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon, might as well have played the game with a flamethrower on his back. Gordon, who was taken in the supplemental draft in July out of Baylor, beat Powers often throughout the day, including a play that should have resulted in a 41-yard touchdown pass from fellow rookie Brandon Weeden. Gordon dropped the easy score because he seemingly lost track of the ball in the sun. Meanwhile, Powers trailed the Baylor rookie by two yards, diving at Gordon's feet.

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Had Gordon caught that pass, the Colts likely lose the game.

Powers is a three-year vet. He cannot allow supplemental draft rookie to burn him play-after-play. Yes, Gordon is talented. Powers is supposed to be better than that.

Outside of a key pass break-up late in the game against Cleveland, and an INT against the Packers three weeks ago, Powers has struggled playing in Greg Manusky's new defense; a defense that requires its corners to play man-to-man, press coverage.

However, Powers' struggles don't seem to concern Bruce Arians, the Colts interim head coach.

Arians told media on Monday that he is "real pleased" with the stable of Colts corners, citing the effort of Vontae Davis against the Browns and the continued development of Cassius Vaughn. Arians was also happy with the prospect of getting veteran corner Darius Butler back from injury this week.

Regarding Powers and his struggles, Arians said he is not worried about it. He described Powers as "solid," and made it a point to note that the Colts stacked the box against Cleveland, forcing the corners to play man-to-man with little safety help. Powers also played at slot corner Sunday, a package that Arians credited Manusky with implementing. Arians said he liked that package, and the Colts could utilize Davis, Powers, and Vaughn as corners in a "base defense" more often.

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