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Justin Bethel | Defensive Back | #28

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: Presbyterian
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 6 (177) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Falcons signed CB Justin Bethel, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year contract.
Bethel struggled mightily on defense last season but was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro on special teams during his six-year run with the Cardinals. He'll serve as depth behind starters Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Mar 24 - 9:19 AM

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Free agent CB Justin Bethel visited the Falcons on Tuesday.

It's Bethel's first known visit. The 27-year-old earned three Pro Bowl nods as a special teamer during his six-year run in Arizona but struggled on defense last season, earning PFF's No. 111 cornerback grade out of 120 qualifiers. He'd give the Falcons depth behind starters Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Mar 20 - 1:18 PM

The Cardinals are considering benching CB Justin Bethel for Tramon Williams.

It's that time of year in the desert. Just as he did last season, Bethel has struggled mightily opposite Patrick Peterson. 34-year-old Williams' best football is behind him, but it's probably time for the Cardinals to try something else at Bethel's spot.
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 03:25:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians named Justin Bethel the Cardinals' starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.

"He just outplayed everybody," Arians said. "Once we were able to play bump and run, which is his forte, he just got better and better and his confidence grew." Bethel was competing with Brandon Williams and Tramon Williams, who will now be backups. Bethel played well to close out last season.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 09:28:00 AM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (hyperextended knee) is already back to "full speed."

Bethel ended up missing only a few days as he competes for Arizona's No. 2 cornerback job. He's competing with Tramon Williams and Brandon Williams, though his path has opened up after Ronald Zamort was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Bethel is probably a slight favorite.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 06:56:00 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel suffered a hyperextended knee at training camp.

Bethel is expected to be sidelined at least "a couple days." The missed time is a concern in a wide-open competition for Arizona's No. 2 corner job. Ronald Zamort and Brandon Williams should pick up Bethel's reps.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 02:40:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the competition for the No. 2 corner job is "wide open."

The coach did add Justin Bethel is "doing a really good job," but he does not expect to name a starter opposite Patrick Peterson until the regular season. In addition to Bethel, Brandon Williams and Jumal Rolle should get a shot at the job. Tyrann Mathieu and second-rounder Budda Baker should also see some snaps at corner.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 02:24:00 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel has the "inside track" to start opposite Patrick Peterson.

Coach Bruce Arians has raved about Bethel's play this offseason after he struggled and lost his job in 2016. Arians believes Bethel's complete recovery from his foot issues is the reason why he's looked so good. Bethel took a pay cut earlier this offseason. Brandon Williams is the next man up if Bethel falters again.
Thu, Jun 8, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Justin Bethel and sophomore Brandon Williams are splitting first-team reps opposite Patrick Peterson.

Both players struggled in starting stints opposite Peterson last season, with coach Bruce Arians calling Bethel a "failure in progress" at one point. The Cardinals were expected to address corner in free agency or the draft, but their only additions were FS/CB Budda Baker and sixth-rounder Rudy Ford. That leaves Bethel and Williams to once again compete for the starting job as Arizona hopes at least one will take a step forward. After restructuring his contract, Bethel is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.
Sat, May 6, 2017 11:33:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians admitted Monday that the Cardinals' experiment with Justin Bethel at cornerback is a "failure in progress."

Already benched twice this season, Bethel got into last week's game after Tyvon Branch and Deone Bucannon went down and proceeded to give up several big catches to Kenny Stills. The Cardinals at one point convinced themselves special teams ace Bethel could become an elite starting corner. He never did.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Cardinals activated CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) from the active/PUP list.

Bethel underwent surgery in the spring before suffering a setback in July. Bethel had been expected to start opposite Patrick Peterson, but third-rounder Brandon Williams appears to have surpassed him as he rehabbed.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:01:00 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) has resumed running.

The Cardinals shut down Bethel after his pre-training camp setback. He's expected to return in two weeks. Bethel is the favorite to start at right corner, but needs to hold off rookie Brandon Williams.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) could return in two weeks.

Bethel was expected to be ready for camp after undergoing offseason foot surgery but he suffered a setback about three weeks ago. The Cardinals don't seem too worried about it and it looks like Bethel is still on track for Week 1 against New England. Bethel is fighting to keep his starting job at right corner following an underwhelming 2015 campaign.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 08:56:00 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) has suffered a setback.

Coach Bruce Arians said Bethel's return will be based on "pain tolerance." He seems primed to miss multiple weeks, which is very bad news for someone who already sat out the entire offseason program. GM Steve Keim has said Bethel isn't a lock to keep his starting job despite the Cardinals' poor alternatives.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said CB Justin Bethel (foot) is the "current starter," but the team plans to have an "open competition."

Bethel missed the entire offseason program with a broken foot, but he should be ready for training camp. Whether he can keep his starting job once he gets there is another question. "We’ll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed," Keim said. "He’s got to continue to hone his skills, more so with the eyes, the vision, the instinctual things that come with the game." Arizona added Mike Jenkins earlier this week and plan to bring in Chris Culliver (knee) for a visit. Bethel finished last season in the starting lineup, but he needs to show well in training camp to keep that position.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 10:35:00 AM

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