The start of the 2016 season is only a few days away, and the Baltimore Ravens could be without one of their newly signed free agent acquisitions this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media after Tuesday's practice and said that cornerback Jerraud Powers is "day-to-day" with an ankle sprain, per the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zreibec. Harbaugh went on to say that Powers is still in their defensive plans.
Powers signed a 1-year, $1.75 million contract with the Ravens on May 13th to help solidify their nickel cornerback situation. Unfortunately, Powers did not have a strong preseason, while rookie Tavon Young showed promise. If Powers is able to go come Sunday afternoon, he should get the first crack at the nickel position and try to show that the preseason was an aberration.
The Ravens need Powers to help strengthen a pass defense that has been a massive weakness on the team over the last several seasons. If he struggles, you could very well see the young 4th round rookie from Temple University take his place sooner rather than later. Starting a rookie in the secondary as the team plays quarterbacks such as Andy Dalton, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Eli Manning this season, following Tyrod Taylor this Sunday, could put the Ravens in a tough situation.
Powers, along with the entire secondary and defensive coordinator Dean Pees, are on notice as we get closer to kickoff.