Brice Butler has the chance to be a significant contributor for the Cardinals this season after signing a two-year contract with Arizona in April. Butler could emerge as the No. 3 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson if he stays ahead of rookie Christian Kirk on the depth chart, and hopefully he can develop a solid rapport with new quarterback Sam Bradford or Josh Rosen. We don't recommend drafting Butler in the majority of leagues since he hasn't shown the ability to produce on a consistent level, but he could emerge as a waiver-wire target during the year if things work out in his favor in Arizona.
Butler hopes to compete the Cardinals' No. 2 receiver job, but he failed to impress during the team's offseason program and isn't a lock to make the Week 1 roster, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. The competition is wide open behind Larry Fitzgerald, with Butler, J.J. Nelson, Christian Kirk and Chad Williams all viable candidates for the second and third spots on the depth chart. Butler provided an occasional deep threat for Dallas the past three seasons, catching 43 of 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns in 36 games. The 28-year-old seems ill suited for a high-volume role, but the same can probably be said of Nelson, the other veteran of the bunch. Butler's two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Cardinals only includes $500,000 guaranteed, per OverTheCap.com.
The Cardinals and Butler reached agreement on a two-year contract Monday, James Jones of NFL Network reports. Despite experiencing a coaching change in the offseason, the organization continues to have a need for speed in its wideout corps. Owner of a 4.37 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in 2013, Butler utilized his wheels to produce 18.5 yards per catch as a member of the Cowboys the past three years. He's a big play waiting to happen, but he also boasts a woeful 45.9 percent catch rate in his career, so consistency is not his calling card. Expect Butler to reside behind at least Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson and J.J. Nelson in a passing attack led by free-agent addition Sam Bradford this season.
Butler will visit the Seahawks, Bears, Jaguars and Cardinals in the next two weeks, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. Butler hasn't been much more than a depth wideout in five seasons between the Raiders and Cowboys. Although he's received just 2.2 targets per game in his career, he was a big-play threat in Dallas from 2015-17, averaging more than 21 yards per catch in two of those campaigns. Each of the four interested organizations has addressed their wideout corps this offseason, so the 28-year-old likely will be relegated to a familiar role, wherever he lands.
Butler (foot) was a full participant at the Cowboys practice Wednesday. It was reported earlier Wednesday that Butler did not participate, but he did in fact return to practice after missing the last three games. The 27-year-old appears on track to make a return for Sunday's regular season finale against the Eagles.
Butler (foot) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Seahawks, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Butler will extend his absence to three games as a result of a foot injury. The return of Ezekiel Elliott may have helped with the Cowboys' decision-making process, but Butler's sparse reps will continue to be gobbled up by regulars like Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|8||10/28||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|10||11/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|12||11/25||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|13||12/02||@Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|16||12/23||Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
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