Peter King via D&K on Malcolm Butler's struggles: 'Maybe he’s just not that good'

Ryan Hannable
November 08, 2018 - 2:24 pm
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Malcolm Butler has not been very good in his first year with the Titans.

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

Appearing on Dale & Keefe Thursday, NBC Sports' Peter King shared his thoughts on Butler, which included him saying maybe the corner just isn't that good.

“I think towards the end of last year — this is the one thing no one wanted to hear at the end of last year, but Bill Belichick didn’t take him out of the lineup because of any vengeance or because he was trying to really insult Malcolm Butler," King said. "I think he did this because he watched in practice and in some games in the last few months of the season and Malcolm Butler was killing them out there. I always heard last year that during Super Bowl week, he did not have a great week of practice and one day a practice squad receiver beat him badly on a play. I don’t know how much that had to do with it, but I just think that Belichick totally lost faith in him. That is continuing now to this year.

“He got beat on a really good move by Amari Cooper in the first half of that game [Monday night], but he also got beat on a play that he got embarrassed in Dallas. I hate to say this, maybe he’s just not that good. Maybe he had his moment or six of great glory in a great scheme. Maybe there’s a reason he wasn’t drafted and didn’t get invited to the combine and things like that. Again, I know that sounds odd because he did have some really, really good moments. In his career, he’s had some pretty big highs, a gigantic high in the Super Bowl, but it’s also had quite a few [lows].”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel has said he isn't demoting Butler, so he will look to turn things around against his former team Sunday afternoon.

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