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.