There’s no shortage of storylines surrounding the Tennessee Titans this summer.
There’s a new coaching staff in place, which means a new offense and defense. There’s also a new leading running back and several big off-season additions.
And one of those off-season additions is making his presence known in a significant way.
Cornerback Malcolm Butler, who signed a five year deal worth $61 million in March, is turning heads after only four practices.
The former New England Patriot has made several spectacular plays. And he’s brought the intensity since the first day of practice.
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The day before making that play, Butler made a fantastic play on a ball intended for second year wide receiver Corey Davis.
Double Tap the Toes!!! 🔥 🔥
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He even got those toes down.
And how can we forget the first day of training camp, when Butler informed EVERYONE that this isn’t OTA’s (his language was a bit more colorful).
Butler was 3-0 in 1v1’s this morning pic.twitter.com/3BeX0IPc9o
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The Titans definitely need Butler to live up to his large contract. Tennessee was No. 25 in the league last season in passing yards allowed per game. And they were No. 24 in passing touchdowns allowed.
Butler is playing with a chip on his shoulder after being benched in the Super Bowl last year by Bill Belichick. It seems pretty clear that he’s out to prove he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the league (which is already something Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders already believes).
If Butler’s training camp dominance carries over into the regular season, the Titans’ secondary, which is already ripe with talented players like Adoree’ Jackson, Logan Ryan and Kevin Byard, could end up being one of the best in league.
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