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MMQB's Andy Benoit on Not Sunday podcast details Malcolm Butler's struggles

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November 08, 2018 - 3:36 pm
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One of the bigger storylines going into Sunday's Patriots-Titans game is the play of Malcolm Butler, who has really struggled so far this season. 

Appearing on the Not Sunday podcast with Ryan Hannable, MMQB's Andy Benoit detailed what he's seen from Butler on tape and what exactly has gone wrong.

“When he was in New England and he struggled — he was a pretty good player a lot of the time — but where he struggled was on slower developing routes sometimes, and on quicker timing routes," Benoit said. "Bang-bang and quick hitting stuff he was always very good. It always served his aggressiveness well. For whatever reason we are not seeing him as good on those quicker timing routes, and those slower developing stuff can still be an issue. At cornerback, you are at such a reactionary position. Once offenses start smelling blood, and they start smelling it when they see your film during the week, so they go into the game smelling blood and they go after you. I think it is an easy position to fall into a slump at. He’s just got to play his way out of it.

"It might get harder. I imagine he will stay on the field, but he has already started losing some snaps to Adoree' Jackson, which I understand. I think Jackson is a better all-around corner anyway. His only hope right now is to keep doing what he is doing and try to do better. Where he’s struggling isn’t matchup coverage, and there’s not a lot you can do. It is like a hitter at the plate who struggles, you just got to refine your technique and work your way out of it.”

Listen below to the complete podcast where Benoit shares his thoughts on the Patriots offense, specifically Josh Gordon and more.

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