Justin Bethel emerges as special teams star

Arizona Cardinals 6th-round pick Justin Bethel, out of Presbyterian College, has already made his presence felt. While he’s listed as the third-string free safety, he is seeing significant time on special teams and making an immediate impact.

Bethel has already blocked a punt and an extra point, and likely has a spot on the 53-man roster due to his performance. As a 6th-round pick, nothing is guaranteed. So any little thing you can do to catch the coaching staff’s attention is needed, and Bethel has clearly done his part.

Head coach Ken Whisenhunt had this to say about Bethel’s performance: “He’s got a long ways to go defensively, but he’s working at it. That’s what you like to see. When we talk about guys that can contribute on special teams while they’re learning that, it’s a pretty good situation.”



Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Cardinals, Rookie Notes 1 Comment

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One Response to Justin Bethel emerges as special teams star

  1. harvey wright

    I think he makes the teams final roster.
    Special teams and defensive turnovers won all of the Cards games last year, and his presence could be the difference to making the play-offs and a winning record. He has heart and desire.
    where did you have him ranked in the draft?

     

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