Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel separated himself from the competition this past offseason and training camp to win the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson, perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL.
Quarterback Carson Palmer has noticed a difference.
“He looks like a different player,” he told reporters after practice Wednesday. “He’s getting his hands on the ball all the time. He breaks on the ball extremely well.”
Palmer took it a little further, saying “probably athletically, he’s as good of an athlete as Pat is, I would think,” something that has been said before in the past.
“I don’t know who would win in a 40 or a 100-yard race,” Palmer said. “I don’t know who’s got a better vertical, but you’re splitting atoms between those two.”
Bethel’s athleticism has never been questioned, but considering the special athlete Peterson is, for Bethel to be compared to him does put things in perspective.
Now if Bethel can just turn that elite athleticism into solid cornerback play, that will change things defensively for the Cardinals.
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