Ari­zona Car­di­nals

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While things should con­tinue to be pretty quiet on Pro Bowl CB

Pa­trick Peter­son’s side of the field, the crosshairs at the other cor­ner­back po­si­tion have set­tled on vet­eran Justin Bethel.

Coach Bruce Ari­ans took some of the air out of the po­si­tion bat­tle that was one of the most in­ter­est­ing of train­ing camp when he an­nounced late last week that Bethel had earned the start­ing job. Bethel beat out sec­ond-year player Bran­don Williams and vet­eran ad­di­tion Tra­mon Wil

liams for the role of starter. “He just out­played ev­ery­body,” Ari­ans told re­porters.

Bethel started eight games over the past two sea­sons and had an in­side track on the start­ing job be­fore get­ting slowed by knee sore­ness. He made up for lost time and takes over at one of the most im­por­tant po­si­tions on the team.

The cor­ner­back spot op­po­site Peter­son has been an Achilles heel for Ari­zona’s de­fense. Bethel is one of four play­ers who have started at the po­si­tion since the Car­di­nals lost An­to­nio Cro­mar­tie in free agency af­ter the 2014 sea­son. Rookie watch: QB Trevor Knight saw his first ac­tion since the pre­sea­son opener over the week­end, and both of his passes fell in­com­plete. Knight, an un­drafted rookie out of Texas A&M, has com­pleted five of 16 passes over two games this pre­sea­son. … An­other un­drafted rookie, RB

James Sum­mers of East Carolina, was Ari­zona’s lead­ing rusher in the game against the At­lanta Fal­cons. Note­wor­thy: DT Robert Nkemdiche was mak­ing se­ri­ous strides this camp, but a calf in­jury kept him out of the At­lanta game and could slow his mo­men­tum head­ing into the reg­u­lar sea­son. … QB Drew Stan­ton ap­pears to have earned the backup job be­hind starter Car­son Palmer, de­spite a push from vet­eran

Blaine Gab­bert. … WR John Brown ap­pears to be on his way back from the quadri­ceps sore­ness that has lim­ited him through­out train­ing camp. He scored twice in the At­lanta game. … RB Chris John­son fum­bled twice against At­lanta and might be vul­ner­a­ble on cut­down day.

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