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Jul 24, 2014

Cardinals Rumors: Cornerback Justin Bethel has had 'best spring of anybody'


By on 11:56 AM

Marc Sessler of NFL.com has reported that Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is very excited about his defensive back corps, especially young standout Justin Bethel, and he has very good reason to be. According to Sessler:


After Arians told reporters last month that Bethel had the potential to someday become Arizona's best cornerback, the coach recently touted the third-year cover man as having the "best spring of anybody" on the roster, per Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.No young player in Arizona generated more hype this spring, but cornerback Justin Bethel is giving Brown a run for his money.
"Over Patrick (Peterson) and Cro (Antonio Cromartie)," Arians said. "They gave up more big plays in the spring than he did, and (he) got his hands on more balls than anybody did. That's a nice problem to have."
The Cardinals are loaded in the secondary, where Peterson and Cromartie are locked in as the starters with Jerraud Powers penciled in for nickel duties. Behind them, Arians called rookie safetyDeone Bucannon a "natural" for Arizona's defense as the team waits for Tyrann Mathieu to make his way back from last season's knee surgery.
The pressing question in the desert is how this defense will survive without Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington at middle linebacker. If the Cards can dial up an adequate answer, Arizona has the playmakers on both sides of the ball to cause fits for opponents come September.


Arians has big hopes for Bethel to fill a big role with Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie in this season's secondary for the Cardinals.  The Cardinals had one of the best defenses in the NFL, but still finished one game shy of a playoff spot.  Bethel was a college standout at Presbyterian College and was drafted in the sixth round by the Cardinals in the 2012 draft.  He is well known for an insane YouTube video which shows him doing a standing jump and landing on a mat 5 feet in the air.

With a heightened secondary this season, the Cardinals could turn the NFC West into one of the best divisions in football, and hopefully heading towards a playoff spot by January.

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