Malcolm Butler has his swagger back. Not convinced? Ask the cornerback.
“Oh, I’m back,” Butler told Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “You believe that.”
After a tumultuous start to the year where Butler seemed lost at times and even looked like he may be leapfrogged by Eric Rowe, he’s turned it around nicely and comes out of the bye week similar to his team as a whole: hot.
While he understands that he hasn’t been completely perfect, it does seem like he believes his worst games are behind him this season. As Howe notes, Butler has allowed 11 catches on 25 targets over the last four games that went for 195 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also had four pass breakups and an interception in that time.
One of those touchdown grabs came courtesy of Julio Jones which really should be qualified as a “nothing you can do about that one” type of catch. The most recent score he let up was a 24-yarder to Travis Benjamin just prior to the bye, but Howe points out that it was his only really blemish in the game.
“It happens to all of us, which we don’t want to happen,” Butler said of the TD. “It’s just how the game goes. Just got to keep going forward. You can’t make other plays if you’re still thinking about that play in the past.”
He added: “Those guys get paid, too. You still don’t want to give up something that you could have avoided or done better. We could all do better and all have plays that we wish we could have back, but I’ve just got to keep moving, man. Take your L like you take your W’s.”
Seeing Butler exude as much confidence as he’s doing should spell great things for a New England secondary that not only has this corner getting hot, but also is poised to see the return of both Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe at some point in the near future and could even be this Sunday in Denver.
If they can get all three corners clicking on all cylinders, then the Patriots should be one tough defense to throw against.