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Malcolm Butler indicates he wasn't 100 percent locked in and focused week of Super Bowl LII

Ryan Hannable
March 15, 2018 - 5:46 pm

On Wednesday, Malcolm Butler opened up on Super Bowl LII and his time in New England to the Boston Herald. A day later, he met the Tennessee media for the first time during his introductory press conference, and of course the benching against the Eagles came up.

Butler actually opened the press conference with a statement.

“I am pretty sure everybody wants to know the question about Super Bowl LII," he said to reporters. "Like I said once before, it’s just all a coaching decision and I have never questioned anything Bill Belichick makes his decision on. Like I said, I made a statement yesterday and I said he benched a four-year vet [Kyle Arrington in Super Bowl XLIX] for a rookie. That turned out right. I am just very grateful and thankful for the opportunity the New England Patriots gave me. They grew me as a player and even more so as a person. I really appreciate the Krafts and I just really appreciate the organization.”

The 27-year-old was asked more about the sickness he indicated to the Herald on Wednesday, and within that answer Butler implied he wasn't 100 percent focused and locked in the week of Super Bowl LII.

The cornerback traveled to Minnesota a day later than the team and missed Opening Night because he was sick.

“I wasn’t feeling too well," he said. "I felt like that was kind of part of it. Not to blame anybody. I accept full responsibly for myself. I am not blaming the New England Patriots or no one. It could have been just me, you know. It could have been anything, but I was not feeling too well and the New England Patriots are all about doing their job and they want everybody locked in and focused 100 percent and that probably was not the case. I am glad to be a Tennessee Titan.”

Butler did add Titans GM Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel never brought up the game to him.

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