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Malcolm Butler: I left New England on a not-so-well note and it looks like it’s carrying over

Ryan Hannable
November 09, 2018 - 9:23 am

Give Malcolm Butler credit, he didn't try and sugarcoat anything.

In a 1-on-1 interview with Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Butler acknowledged his struggles this season, the criticism he's faced and his outlook on the rest of the season.

“Most definitely, the big contract, a different team, left New England on a not-so-well note and it looks like it’s carrying over,” Butler said. “Everything is just, I don’t know, it is what it is. It’s life. I’ve just got to keep scrapping, man, like I always do.”

According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed 39 catches for 618 yards and seven touchdowns this season, all of which are the most among NFL cornerbacks.

“Not too good,” Butler said. “I wish it could be better, hope to get better. I know it’s going to get better. I just take it for what it is. It’s only up to me to change it. Nobody else can do it. I’ve always been the underdog, always been at the bottom coming out of slumps, so I’m looking forward to doing it again.”

Signing a big contract like he did this past offseason sometimes forces players to put too much pressure on themselves. Butler said that's been on his mind a little, but isn't the sole reason for his issues.

“Most definitely, it ran across my mind, but not a lot,” Butler said. “I’ve just got to go out there and just play like I don’t care — not careless, but go out and play and not think about anything. Just go out there and be who I was in 2015, 2014 when I was trying to make a roster. I really didn’t care about anything, getting beat, anything. I just wanted to be in the NFL. That’s what I’ve got to go back to. That’s what I’ve been saying to myself a lot. I sound like I’m beating a dead horse, but I’ve got something to prove.”

As for the rest of the year, he knows there's time to turn it around.

“I [evaluate] my seasons in halves,” Butler said. “The first one was [expletive], so I’ve got another half to make up for it.”

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