By number only, 25 years-old isn’t normally considered an age for a ‘leader’ in the NFL.
However, there are exceptions to every rule, and Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers provides an example of exactly that.
First, Powers is of a rare breed. He went out of his way to take a leadership role early in his NFL career.
Second, the cornerback position that Powers is currently leading has 10 other players that have combined to play a total of four seasons with the Colts.
Put those two things together and Powers is the go-to man on and off the field at the cornerback spot during the 2012 training camp.
“I’ve got to speak up a little bit and let those guys hear and see what and how it should be done, the right way,” Powers said. “I’ve been embracing everything that’s happened this whole entire offseason, with the new staff, new front office, new players and all that.”
On the field Powers has been leading with his play. During the Colts’ first two days with pads on, Powers made a diving play to break up a potential touchdown in the end zone and then had an interception return for a touchdown on Thursday.
“We’ve been having a tremendous camp at the corner position, a lot of competition at the position. I think it’s bringing the best out of everybody,” Powers said. “We were looked at as a thin group but we got some guys that are going to prove themselves. I think we are going to be pretty deep at the position when it’s all said and done.”
Safety Antoine Bethea and Powers are the only players in the Colts secondary that have had more than two years with the team.
With a relatively inexperienced secondary entering training camp, Powers knew that he had to tweak his leadership style in order to handle so many new faces.
“The young guys in the secondary know if they need anything from me as far as trying to study the playbook extra to do that. They can just come to me and I’ll be right there to do it. I’m more of a guy that tries to lead by action rather than words. I’m not a big ‘rah rah’ guy but I think this year is a year we have so many young guys, I have to speak up more,” Powers said.
The message throughout training camp from all units is the feeling that everyone is buying into the new system. Even though people on the outside have their doubts about the Colts, those on the inside are ready to prove the doubters wrong.
“As a team, everybody has bought in and has embraced the challenges that we have coming ahead and they’re embracing the idea of everybody sort of having their back turned to us now, probably one of the first times in Indy. Everybody is embracing it and I think we are building something special and I think they brought in the right guys to do it,” Powers said.
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