Butler signed a reserve/future contract with Philadelphia on Monday. Butler landed a spot with the Eagles after spending the 2020 season developing in his new role as tight end on the practice squad. The 24-year-old saw one target during his two matchups this season in Philadelphia.
Butler was waived by the Eagles on Saturday. Butler was strictly a special teams player in the two games he played for Philadelphia. Expect Butler to continue developing in his new tight end position with the Eagles' practice squad should he pass through waivers.
Butler (healthy scratch) is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers. The Eagles promoted Butler from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's contest, but he'll need more time to pick up the offense before being trusted in game-time action. Butler is being asked to learn the tight end position in Philadelphia, so the team may consider him more of a developmental project than a player expected to contribute in the near future.
The Eagles signed Butler off the Panthers' practice squad Tuesday. The Eagles are listing Butler as a tight end, so he'll add depth at the position since Dallas Goedert (ankle) was placed on IR and will miss the next three weeks. The 2019 fourth-round pick was a standout wide receiver at Iowa State in 2018 but spent his rookie season on IR and failed to make the Cardinals' 53-man roster this year. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, perhaps he can operate at tight end, but his signing should be of little concern to fantasy managers.
The Panthers signed Butler to the practice squad Friday, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. Butler spent his entire rookie season with the Cardinals on injured reserve after the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he wasn't able to make Arizona's final roster this season. It was somewhat surprising to see the Cardinals pass on signing Butler to the practice squad, but he'll now get another chance to show his worth at the NFL level in Carolina. The former Iowa State standout is a raw prospect, but he did put together an impressive final collegiate season in 2018 (60/1,318/9), and his rare combination of size and athleticism hints at developmental upside.
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