Arians: Bethel ready to make CB move

Posted by Darren Urban on February 22, 2014 – 8:08 am

Patrick Peterson is a Pro Bowler, and with Jerraud Powers, the Cardinals are “very solid” at starting cornerback, coach Bruce Arians said. Tyrann Mathieu, when he finally returns from his knee injury, will work the slot. But, especially given the Mathieu question mark, there will be depth questions heading into free agency with both Javier Arenas and Antoine Cason at unrestricted status.

The Cardinals will have to bring in somebody. But the wild card is someone who is already on the roster, and who has already made a Pro Bowl.

“I think the guy who really should make the big move is Justin Bethel,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s 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.”

During the season, Bethel said he felt like he already was ready to contribute on defense. He’s incredibly valuable as a Pro Bowl special teamer. Could he become something similar as a cornerback? I don’t know if it is fair to compare him, even talent-wise, to Peterson, but Bethel does look the part and had a steeper learning curve coming out of tiny Presbyterian College.

— One other note from Arians, who said every player who is rehabbing injuries is on schedule save for linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who suffered a right foot Lisfranc injury. “I’m a little concerned with Lorenzo’s foot right now,” Arians said. “Hopefully it will show improvement.”


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17 Responses to “Arians: Bethel ready to make CB move”

  1. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    With Bethel, the first thing you know is he has speed. Second, you know he can get through the “trash” to find the ball carrier.
    I know he could contribute in a zone situation, but if he could learn to stay on top of his guy and play the ball in the air, what a huge plus he could be.

    Too bad about Alexander. He is a solid ST’s player, but I really don’t think he should be on the field as a OLB. I think with Acho, Okefer, Abraham, I think we should add someone in the draft and release Alexander.

  2. By Jeremie McCabe on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t think CB Powers should be the other starter across from Peterson. He was constantly being picked apart… Cason was a little better and came down with great plays at the right time. Either way, they need to find a better corner since that was one the weak spots on the defense, along with a strong safety.

  3. By William Barry on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Justin is a great player, and its time to contribute as one of CB’s…

    On a side note, I am watching NFL Combine: we need to take one of the top 5 OL : and a WR.

    zack martin, Greg robinson, Taylor Lewan, Jack Matthews, Billy Turner. I really like taylor lewan, large w/long arms!!!! and great run times—- I think we should trade up and get one of these stud players.

  4. By clssylssy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Agree Bethel is an exciting talent and seems to have the intelligence and ball skills to play where BA feels he could contribute the most. He certainly has the hunger and attitude to be another major force for the Cards next season. We have all seen how tenacious the Honey Badger is and I can see him being used in multiple roles when he is healthy. I was impressed with the way Cason and Powers seem to blossom toward the end of the season and it would seem we are in pretty good shape although I suppose Corners and Safeties are kinda like money in the bank in defense security. Sorry to hear Alexander’s foot is not healing as expected, he is a good player but perhaps Okefer and Acho will have more opportunity to develop. I absolute love the way the Cardinals are shaking things up and using players in multiple innovative roles! Things seem to be looking good!

  5. By jasonc on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply


    When Darren wrote his piece about position of need I thought it was odd that he left CB off the list, because with three free agents it only left us three corners under contract and one of those was Bethel who is mainly a special teams guy. It would be exciting to see Bethel make the jump to defensive contributor and add to our flexibility in the draft/free agency. This is why off season evaluations are so important to coaches and the factor that media pundits and fans don’t have access to when they are formulating mock drafts or teams off season moves. We haven’t seen Watford, Minter or Massie play (or seen Bethel play D) and that could lead to the determination that they aren’t progressing or aren’t good enough but coaches get to see them practice and watch the film of practice.

  6. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Saw this tweet;

    Name to note RT @BobMcGinn: Looking for OLBs, the #Cardinals are among some teams interested in #Packers Mike Neal. 2 hours ago

    Mike Neil is Matt Shaughnessy. A guy who is a 5 technique DT or a RDE in a 4-3 defense. He is 6’3″ and 285. I dont see the quick twitch out of this guy. Heck, I would rather stand up Dockett if we want a huge OLB. Can you see these guys dropping into coverage??

    OLB???? This is not what I picture when going for an OLB. Khalil Mack is OLB. Anthony Barr is an OLB. That is what a OLB looks like

  7. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: OLB/Shaughnessy/Neal

    The Cardinals had Shaughnessy practice with the OLBs all season and listed him as an OLB. Neal would play the same role if Shaughnessy left.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    RE: OLB/Shaughnessy/Neal

    Oh, I know Matt played OLB and surprised he could actually hang in there. Shaughnessy is longer and at 6’5″ taller. A little more range.

    Neil at 6’3″ and 285 is more similar to Dockett. I really dont get this thought process.

    Besides, if you want that huge ROLB, why not just keep Matt.

  9. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Shaughnessy over Neal

    My guess is price.

  10. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Another move out there;

    The niners are starting talks on the Colin Kaepernick contract. He is the 21st highest salary on the niners right now. I think after talks, He will be #1.

    The niners have 9 million in cap space, They want Boldin back, Kaep’s new deal, and CB Tarrel Brown needs to be resigned.

    Could Donte Whitner be the odd man out? What a steal that would be. You get a hit man at SS helping the cards while hurting the niners at the same time.

  11. By VegasKhan on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    John The Draft Guy —

    One can only hope my friend

  12. By georgiebird on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Nice to see Bethel get a shot. He’s a talented guy who has put a couple of years in on ST. That’s the way great teams are built- thru the draft and a couple of years learning the ropes.
    I would like to see the linebacker group developed the same way. But somehow developing young linebackers is something the Cards don’t do well- never have.
    If linebacker was a strong suit, Minter would be ready to shine in 2014.
    Would hate to lose Shaughnessy, he could be the best of the group.

  13. By Andy Kw on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Justin Bethel has great speed and size to be a Starting Cornerback. But right now, he needs more practice at that position and down the line, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start.

    I feel that this team needs to trade their picks to attain more picks:
    Move down from the #20 and trade it to the Chargers
    -For their 1st (25) & 4th Round (25) Draft Picks. The Chargers are in need of a Cornerback and they will probably think that the Cardinals will draft CB Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma at #20 if he is not off the board yet.

    Move up in the fourth round by trading LB Jaspar Brinkley & 4th Round Pick (20) to the Jacksonville Jaguars
    -For their 4th Round Pick (14) & 5th Round Pick (19)

    We can try to attain another Pick by trading our 5th (20) and 6th (20) Round Picks for San Francisco 49ers
    -4th Round Draft Pick (29) & 7th Round Draft Pick (26)

    Trade QB Ryan Lindley to Ken Whisenhunt & the Tennessee Titans for their 7th Round Draft Pick (13). Ken Whisenhunt needs a QB that he has worked with. Lindley showed a lot of promise in the preseason in his second year and could produce a lot in his system.

    These trades are all possible so I am hoping this will be our 2014 Draft Class:

    Rd.1 (25) – DE Dee Ford (Auburn) 6’2” 240Ibs
    -This guy would immediately be converted to Outside Linebacker and automatically be our starter. This guy has the mental toughness, burst in speed, and has amazing awareness on the field. Many teams underestimate him and he would be a nice grab.
    Rd. 2 (20) – OT Jack Mewhort (Ohio St.) 6’6” 308Ibs
    -This guy was a team leader at Ohio State. This guy can play guard and has decent footwork. This guy can surprise teams. Players like OT Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama) and OT Seantrel Henderson (Miami (Fla.)) are built for the Right Tackle spot. OT Morgan Moses reminds me too much of OT Levi Brown. Mewhort’s combine results won’t matter because just as Calais Campbell didn’t have a good one, he still managed to become a great DE in the NFL.
    Rd. 3 (20) – SS Deone Bucannon (Washington St.) 6’1” 216Ibs
    -We need a starter at Strong Safety and he has everything going for him to be our future starter. His size is great, his hard hitting abilities are much needed, and he reminds me of SS Kam Chancellor. This guy has the potential of being one of the best Strong Safeties in the NFL and the best that we had since SS Adrian Wilson.
    Rd. 4 (14) – TE Jacob Pederson (Wisconsin) 6’4” 245Ibs
    -All I can say is Bruce Arians likes Tight Ends and Pederson played a big role in Wisconsin’s success.
    Rd.4 (25) – DT Kelcy Quarles (South Carolina) 6’3” 300Ibs
    -This guy can be the future replacement for DT Darnell Dockett but if he isn’t, he would be nice depth. Lets see how he develops.
    Rd. 4 (29) – QB Zach Mettenberger (LSU) 6’5” 242lbs
    -Bruce Arians wants to start developing his Quarterback but Zach Mettenberger might not be the starter just yet since Arians says that Carson Palmer could play until he is 36 or 37.
    Rd. 5 (19) – CB Dontae Johnson (N.C. State) 6’2” 199lbs
    -Say hello to the next Richard Sherman. Atheltic, fast, and plays decently on man-to-man coverage. Many people underestimated Richard Sherman because he lacked the bulk and Dontae Johnson fits the same category.
    Rd. 7 (13) – WR Isaiah Burse (Fresno St.) 5’10” 183Ibs
    -Bruce Arians wants a speed receiver and he found one right here. He is quicker than fast and he decent hands. He could be s steal here in the 7th round and could surprise just like WR Brittan Golden. I’m not saying that Burse will supplant anyone, but he is a nice project to work with.
    Rd. 7 (26) -TE Reggie Jordan (Missouri Western) 6’3” 245lbs
    -This guy is a fast tight end. I want this team to draft a tight end a little earlier but I feel Reggie Jordan will fall to the 7th Round. He could be drafted maybe in the 4th round but we might be lucky to pick him up here.

  14. By jasonc on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply


    LOL, you kill me! You contradicted yourself in a single post….that’s amazing! How do you do that?

    1st point: “Nice to see Bethel get a shot. He’s a talented guy who has put a couple of years in on ST. That’s the way great teams are built- thru the draft and a couple of years learning the ropes.”

    2nd point: “I would like to see the linebacker group developed the same way. But somehow developing young linebackers is something the Cards don’t do well- never have. If linebacker was a strong suit, Minter would be ready to shine in 2014.”

    You gave Bethel two seasons to develop and claimed that was how great teams were built. You went on to express you wish we could develop LB’s the same way but blasted Minter not being ready after one year….classic.

  15. By clssylssy on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    Wow Andy! Looks like you watch a lot of football! However, I think Ken Whisenhunt likes Locker, who lI liked a lot too before he got hurt, but the Lindley trade certainly makes sense in that it would seem that Coach Ken can never have enough QBs in reserve!

  16. By ored on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply


    some of your choices i am on board with,but don’t hold your breath waiting for all those trades to happen.more likely than not,we draft the spots allotted us,and rely on luck and good scouting.

  17. By Eazy E on Mar 3, 2014 | Reply

    Bethel isn’t as talented as Peterson! That ain’t even fair expectations for him. Awesome ST player for sure, but cb is way harder and different.

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