Offseason Roster Review: Cornerback

Posted Jan 22, 2012

Reviewing and previewing each position heading into the 2012 offseason

Chiefs Cornerbacks Overview

Under Contract (3)

Brandon Flowers, Javier Arenas, Jalil Brown

Free Agents (3)

Brandon Carr (Unrestricted), Travis Daniels (Unrestricted), Quinten Lawrence (Practice Squad)

End Of Season Depth Chart

Right Cornerback: 1. Brandon Carr, 2. Javier Arenas, 3. Jalil Brown

Left Cornerback: 1. Brandon Flowers, 2. Travis Daniels

Practice Squad: Quinten Lawrence

What Happened: When healthy, “The Brandon’s” held a monopoly on snaps at cornerback for yet another season.

Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr finished the year tied for the team-lead with four interceptions each. The two corners have combined to pick off 21 passes since joining the Chiefs as 2008 draft picks four seasons ago.

With the exception of a high ankle sprain sidelining Flowers for the second half of Kansas City’s Week 3 loss at San Diego, both players were readily available throughout the 2011 season. It was the first time Flowers has played a full 16-game season.

Carr, meanwhile, hasn’t missed a start since opening the first game of his NFL career on September 7, 2008 at New England. His 64 consecutive starts to begin a career are second in team history only to Gary Barbaro (101 consecutive starts, 1976-82).

 In nickel situations, Javier Arenas served as the Chiefs third cornerback and made notable strides in his second NFL season.

Arenas was especially effective over the final two months of the season, using a near-shutout performance against Patriots WR Wes Welker as a springboard for confidence. In addition to service as the team’s third cornerback, Arenas led the AFC by averaging 13.4 yards per punt return.

When the Chiefs showed dime personnel, veteran Travis Daniels often entered the game and finished the season with a career-high two interceptions.

Rookie Jalil Brown saw most of his time on special teams, finishing second on the team with eight special teams tackles.   

Big Question

Does Brandon Carr return to Kansas City in 2012?

What’s Next

Along with Dwayne Bowe, Brandon Carr headlines the list of Kansas City’s in-house players scheduled for unrestricted free agency this offseason.

Thus far, discussions between the two sides have been quiet with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli only saying that both Carr and Bowe are, “key components of the past and hopefully the future.”

Knowing that both Carr and Brandon Flowers were headed for free agency in 2012, the Chiefs have drafted a cornerback in three consecutive drafts – Donald Washington, Javier Arenas and Jalil Brown. Thus far, none of the three have played significant snaps on the island and Washington moved to safety prior to the 2010 season.

Carr is extremely close to Flowers, who agreed to a contact extension with the team in September.

The Chiefs may opt to draft a cornerback for the fourth consecutive season this April, but the degree of need at the position revolves around Carr’s future with the team.

Story You Missed

“The Brandon’s” both had a good season staying away from defensive pass interference calls. Between the two corners, opponents only accepted three defensive pass interference penalties in 2011.

Player Rank Flags Accepted Yards
Flowers 18th 2 2 30
Carr 45th 3 1 9

One Sentence Wraps

Brandon Flowers: Beginning to get steady recognition from those outside the AFC West.

Brandon Carr: Will his love for fans, coach and teammates play a factor in free agency decision?

Javier Arenas: Played well in role most envisioned him performing when he was drafted.

Travis Daniels: Has fared well when called on as an injury replacement.

Jalil Brown: Became one of the team’s best special teams performers by season’s end.

Quinten Lawrence: Tried his hand at cornerback after two seasons at wide receiver.

Interesting Stat

How did the Chiefs cornerbacks fare against the pass in 2011? STATS, LLC breaks down each player in its “Burned Defenders” report.

Player Targeted Burned Yards TD Burns/DTgt Pass Def
Flowers 84 41 651 7 48.8 20
Carr 80 37 517 3 56.3 15
Arenas 34 18 204 1 52.9 6
Daniels 24 9 155 0 37.5 3
Brown 5 3 27 1 60.0 0

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