Arizona Cardinals: 10 best individual performances

Jan 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) talks with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) talks with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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6. Justin Bethel, week 17 at Los Angeles Rams

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians called him a “failure-in-progress” in early December after a reporter asked if he could describe him as a work-in-progress.  Week 17 though was a ncie week for him.

Even if just a break from his failure-in-progress and even if it was just the Rams, it was still a week Bethel and his fans expected to see from him all season. Injuries and poor play had bogged down Bethel all season.

Bethel though had an interception that was returned for 66-yards for a touchdown.  He also recovered a fumble and had six tackles.

The performance may have not been enough to keep him in consideration for a starting job 2017 and it may not even be enough to keep him on the roster as a backup and special teams specialist.

For one afternoon however, we were given a slight glimpse of what could have been over the past couple of seasons.  This was likely just a break in his progress.

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