Player Page

Justin Bethel | Defensive Back | #28

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
College: Presbyterian
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 6 (177) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

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. Jun 8 - 3:37 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

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.
May 6 - 11:33 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

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) said he is "capable of being a great starting corner."

The Cardinals showed their faith in Bethel's development by giving him a three-year, $15 million extension last season. Bethel had surgery to repair a broken foot in April, but he expects to be ready for training camp. If healthy, he should push for the starting job opposite Patrick Peterson.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 09:17:00 AM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel recently underwent surgery to repair a fractured left foot.

Sources told the Arizona Republic that Bethel played last season with a "slight" fracture in the foot. It's surprising he waited until now to have the surgery. Bethel struggled when forced into the starting lineup late last season. The Cardinals need to find someone to push him for a starting job.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 08:25:00 PM

Cardinals signed ST/CB Justin Bethel to a three-year, $15 million extension through 2018.

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the deal includes $9 million in guarantees and $1.8 million in incentives. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning Bethel would get a "massive" extension. $15 million over three years does not seem massive on its face, but it is a good chunk of change for a special team and sub-package player, even though Bethel has been exceptional in both roles. Bethel has made back-to-back Pro Bowls as a special teamer, and he has an interception and two fumble recoveries in just 210 defensive snaps this season. With Jerraud Powers set to hit free agency, Bethel could have a bigger defensive role next season.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 10:12:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said CB Justin Bethel "might have had the best spring of anybody."

Arians has been hyping Bethel for months, and even said as camp opened that Bethel could start this season "over [Patrick] Peterson or [Antonio] Cromartie" at times. Bethel (6-foot, 200) has the size DC Todd Bowles covets at corner, but he didn't play at all on defense last season, instead focusing on special teams and making the Pro Bowl. Cromartie and Peterson are locked-in starters.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 12:38:00 PM

Coach Bruce Arians believes Justin Bethel has the ability to be a "top corner."

"He can be our best," Arians said. "He’s got the skill level to be as good as there is, including Patrick (Peterson). This kid has an unbelievable skill set. We talked to him about counting on him." Bethel made the Pro Bowl last year on special teams, but didn't see any snaps on defense. He could open the season as Arizona's slot corner if Tyrann Mathieu (knee) isn't ready for Week 1. Peterson and Antonio Cromartie are locked in as the starters on the outside.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 10:33:00 PM

The Cardinals are moving third-year DB Justin Bethel to cornerback.

Bethel went to the Pro Bowl as a special teams ace last season and didn't play a single snap on defense. The Cardinals reportedly considered taking Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 20 overall last night but felt comfortable enough with Bethel as the current No. 4 corner. He's 6-foot, 200 pounds.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians expects DB Justin Bethel to "make the big move" heading into 2014.

Bethel is a 2012 sixth-rounder that has seen time at both safety and corner in his career. Ideally, he'll be a strong nickel and dime player behind Patrick Peterson, Jerraud Powers and Tyrann Mathieu. "[Bethel is] as talented probably as Patrick. He just has to start believing it and play corner the way he plays special teams and we'll really be set back there," Arians said.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 12:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
4Trevor Knight
RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3Kerwynn Williams
4T.J. Logan
5Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Marquis Bundy
5Krishawn Hogan
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
5Ricky Seals-Jones
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Givens Price
3Jonathan McLaughlin
LG1Mike Iupati
2Cole Toner
3John Wetzel
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Tony Bergstrom
3Daniel Munyer
4Lucas Crowley
RG1Evan Boehm
2Dorian Johnson
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
3Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson