Justin Bethel is no longer Arizona’s secret.
The special teams ace with a knack for making plays is getting national attention, this time from ProFootballFocus.com
In a piece listing who should be Pro Bowlers, the second-year pro was listed first among the special teams group.
Units (5): KO Coverage – L2 & R2, KO Returns, Punt Gunner – Left & Right, Punt Vice and kick blocks (most field goals & some extra points).
So dominant has Bethel been he has a grade almost twice as high as the next best player. He grades well on every unit with his work on punts a highlight. His 19 tackles (15 solo plus 4 assists) also leads the league and no one comes close to his ability to block kicks. If you want to be picky he has given away a few too many penalties and he did struggle a little against Seattle’s excellent group first time up. He’s got an opportunity to rectify that this week and I for one wouldn’t bet against him.
Bethel has 17 tackles this season, 13 of which are of the solo variety. He’s also blocked two field goal attempts.