Justin Bethel

#28 DB / Arizona Cardinals / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 200 lb Age: 27 College: Presbyterian Bye 8

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  • Cardinals' Justin Bethel: Closing in on starting job
    By RotoWire Staff

    Bethel is the top candidate to start opposite Patrick Peterson this season, Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic reports. "The biggest thing is body language," head coach Bruce Arians said of Bethel on Tuesday. "You saw that in practice last year. Frustration. ... Now it's totally different." Bethel's nearly two-year pursuit of the starting gig has been wrought with injuries, which actually reared their head in the early portion of training camp. With a hyperextended knee a thing of the past, he's beginning to lock down his long-coveted role. Although second-year pro Brandon Williams and veteran Tramon Williams are also a part of the competition, Bethel seems on pace to lock down the job by Week 1.

  • Bethel (knee) took part in practice Tuesday, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. Sidelined since Friday due to a hyperextended left knee, Bethel was expected to miss another week of practice, as of Monday, during which he ran sprints on a side field, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. The latter development forecast his return Tuesday, but he'll nonetheless take a seat in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game like the rest of the starters, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Once the team reconvenes, Bethel will continue his pursuit of the starting CB job opposite Patrick Peterson.

  • Bethel has been diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and is expected to miss a couple of days, Darren Urban of AZcardinals.com reports. It doesn't sound like anything all too serious, but Bethel will have to sit out at least a few days in order to let his knee heal. Bethel was the favorite to start at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson, but his injury opens the door for 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams and Ronald Zamort to stake their claims early on in camp.

  • Cardinals' Justin Bethel: No practice Friday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Bethel didn't practice Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Instead, he was seen on the sideline with a brace on his left knee. Bethel has been seeking the starting role opposite All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson for nearly two years, but his health has always opened the door for another party to lock down the job. This time around, Bethel's primary competition is 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams, who was listed behind the veteran on the Cardinals' first depth chart of training camp, per Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. While one would have expected Williams to get the nod with the first team defense Friday, Ronald Zamort was the player chosen to fill Bethel's typical spot in practice. No matter the severity of Bethel's injury, the preceding seems to indicate he's the favorite for his long-sought gig.

  • The Cardinals and Bethel have agreed to a restructured contract, reducing his cap hit from $4.5 million to $2 million for the 2017 season and allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. Near the end of the 2015 campaign, Bethel received an extension that ran through 2018, but with a year now chopped from the deal, he'll hit the open market next March. The development could be fortuitous for the five-year pro, who lost competition at cornerback when Marcus Cooper opted to sign with the Bears on Saturday. If Bethel can pounce on the opportunity this season, a windfall could be coming his way due to a combination of coverage skills and special teams acumen.

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