The cornerback position is no longer in doubt for the Arizona Cardinals. After all offseason it was perhaps considered the top position battle and top concern on the team, coach Bruce Arians declared Justin Bethel the starter opposite Patrick Peterson and noted it wasn’t even close.
“He’s earned that job,” Arians told reporters after the close of training camp. “I’m as pleased with the corner position as just about any position on the team right now.”
Bethel took hold of the job from the start of the spring.
“He just outplayed everybody,” Arians explained. “From Day 1, getting all those interceptions in the spring, then once we’re able to play bump-and-run, which is his forte also, he just got better and better and his confidence grew.”
Bethel might not have the confidence of fans right now, considering his play the last two seasons when he was dealing with a foot injury, but he now has the confidence of Arians and his teammates.
Bethel has been consistent saying he believed he should be the starter and that his issues the last two seasons were because of his injury.
Now, provided he stays healthy, he now has the opportunity to prove everyone he is more than just a stud special teams player in the league.
And because he is in a contract year after taking a pay cut, but canceling the final year of his contract, he could cash in big after the season is over.
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