Bethel and the Ravens agreed on a two-year deal Friday. Bethel spent the first six years of his career with the Cardinals before appearing in 14 games with the Falcons last season. Per usual, special teams will presumably be the focus for the three-time Pro Bowler, while he'll also provide depth at cornerback.
Bethel (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. An essential component to the Falcons kickoff and punt coverage units, Bethel returned from a two-game absence by suiting up for Atlanta's Week 6 game against Tampa Bay, recording three combined tackles in a 34-29 win. Bethel's presence on the roster has helped Atlanta improve from 32nd in kickoff return yards allowed per attempt in 2017 to 20th thus far this season. The Falcons hope to have the special teams ace in the lineup on Monday night, facing a Giants kickoff return team that ranks 12th in the NFL with 24.1 yards per attempt.
Bethel (knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. After sitting out Atlanta's past two games, the veteran special teams ace has a shot to get back on the field for a pivotal NFC South showdown against Tampa Bay. The Falcons' coverage unit would be delighted to get Bethel back Sunday, as it aims to hold down a Buccaneers squad that ranks last in the NFL with 15 yards per kickoff return in 2018.
Bethel (knee) was sidelined for his fifth straight practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. The veteran special teams ace has been hampered by a bum knee over the past two weeks, as Atlanta is surrendering 29.2 yards per kick return in Bethel's absence, compared to 23 yards per return prior to his injury. The Steelers, Atlanta's Week 5 opponent, has excelled on punt returns (10th in the league at 10.1 yards per attempt), but ranks 10th-worst in the NFL with 19.8 yards per kickoff return.
Bethel (knee) is ruled out for Week 4's game against the Bengals, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Bethel exited last Sunday's loss to the Saints due to a knee injury and still remains sidelined. The depth cornerback has only logged special teams snaps this season, so Bethel's absence isn't likely to have a large impact on Atlanta's defense.