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2013 Arizona Cardinals Report Card: Special Teams

January 17th, 2014 at 4:58 AM
By Steve Smith

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The 2013 Arizona Cardinals went 10-6 in the rugged NFC West. It's now the best division in football.

Let's take a look at their report card for the special teams unit:

Grade: C

Kicker Jay Feely connected on 30 of 36 field goals but missed two in the season finale against the 49ers. That hurt a great deal. He did made 17 consecutive field goals early in the season though. He is an unrestricted free agent and at the age of 37 it is fair to ask – will he be back? He'll be 38 next season but keeps himself in great shape. We'll see.

Punter Dave Zastudil had another solid season, averaging 45.7 yards per boot, including 35 inside the 20. He is 35 now and an unrestricted free agent as well. The Red Birds' punt and coverage teams ranked next to last in the league. That was to improve moving forward. Patrick Peterson spoiled everyone in his rookie season with four punt returns for touchdowns. He hasn't returned one to paydirt since. He has to follow open running lanes better.

Justin Bethel made the Pro Bowl for his outstanding coverage on special teams. It is richly deserved. He's the best in the NFL, bar none.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Dave Zastudil, Football, Jay Feely, Justin Bethel, NFL

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