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Cardinals' Bethel thrives on special teams
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 11/13/2013  at  5:59:09 PM
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. )By BOB BAUMAP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - A sixth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals out of tiny Presbyterian a year ago, Justin Bethel faced an uphill fight to make it in the NFL.

He found his niche on special teams, where he is thriving as one of the league's best.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians says he's never been around a better special teams player, especially considering Bethel's versatility.

He blocks field goals, is a fast, ferocious ''gunner'' on punts and blocks for Patrick Peterson on punt returns.

Bethel says he knew that if he was going to make the team a year ago, it would be because of special teams. Now he's so good that opponents have to game plan against him.

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