Arizona Cardinals special teams one of NFL’s elite

Sep 22, 2012, 1:38 AM | Updated: 3:26 am

The Arizona Cardinals possess one of the most elite special teams units in the NFL, which gives Ken Whisenhunt’s squad a deathly weapon to bestow upon their opponents.

The Cards have shown they can deftly block punts, field goals, extra points and have the weapons in Patrick Peterson and LaRod Stephens Howling to potentially take it to the house on every return.

Special teams coach Kevin Spencer told Arizona Sports 620’s Doug & Wolf Show Friday he recognizes he’s coaching a group of players that are quite dangerous.

“I think with our specialists, who are playing well, and our return specialists, although we’ve had scant opportunities, I think we are on the cusp of busting out there,” Spencer said. “We have the ability to block punts, we obviously have the ability to block field goals and we got everybody dialed in and they care and they are working hard.”

Linebacker Quentin Groves blocked a punt on the Patriots’ 10-yard line in last Sunday’s 20-18 upset win. Calais Campbell blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt against the Seahawks in Week 1. The Cardinals rank first with two blocked kicks this year.

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