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94 Vernon Butler DT

Buffalo Bills

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March 11, 2021 01:52 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Contract restructured
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler agreed Wednesday to restructure his contract with the Bills, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports.

The exact terms of Butler's restructure haven't yet been disclosed, but the new deal will free up additional cap space for Buffalo. Unless both sides also come to terms on an extension, Butler will play out the final year of his contract with the Bills in 2021.

January 24, 2021 05:20 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Green light for Sunday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.

Butler typically plays around 40 percent of the defensive snaps. The fifth-year defensive tackle produced 18 stops, a pass breakup and a forced fumble over 14 regular-season games, and he's added one tackle over two postseason outings.

January 22, 2021 02:56 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Officially listed as questionable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (quadriceps) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.

Butler and wide receiver Gabriel Davis (ankle), both of whom managed to practice in a limited fashion Friday after sitting out to begin the week, are the only players listed on Buffalo's injury report. Butler will provide the Bills with key depth along the interior defensive line if he's able to suit up Sunday.

January 21, 2021 01:44 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Missing practice to start week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler didn't practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury.

The Bills head into Sunday's AFC Championship Game in relatively good health, but in order to stop the high-powered Chiefs offense, they'll need to generate pressure on Patrick Mahomes by running out fresh defensive linemen in waves. While Butler is a depth piece at this stage of the season, he's still an important factor as a lineman that typically plays about half the defensive snaps.

November 8, 2020 11:48 AM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Ready to rock
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (groin) will play in Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Butler came into the game deemed questionable despite practicing in full Thursday and Friday. The Louisiana Tech product won't be forced to miss game action, as he'll assume his usual role as one of the team's primary run stoppers across the defensive line in Week 9.

November 6, 2020 02:40 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Questionable after full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (groin) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Butler seems more likely than not to suit up considering he practiced fully Thursday and Friday after starting the week with a limited session Wednesday. His role on the interior of Buffalo's defensive line revolves primarily around stopping the run.

November 5, 2020 09:48 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Upgrades to full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (groin) practiced in full Thursday.

Butler began the week as a limited participant Wednesday, but barring any setbacks he's on track to start against the Seahawks on Sunday. The interior defensive lineman is still searching for his first sack of 2020.

November 4, 2020 03:28 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Back to limited practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler, who missed the Week 8 contest against the Patriots due to a groin injury, was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

The Bills defense held up fine against the Patriots in an important victory Sunday, but we imagine the team would prefer to have the interior lineman back this week as it tries to slow down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in a high-powered Week 9 meeting.

November 1, 2020 11:40 AM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Will miss major divisional tilt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

While the Bills aren't as banged up as the rival Patriots, they have some notable injuries as well, mostly on the defensive side of the ball. The loss of Butler could be felt by a defense that's been gashed against the run lately, an area the Pats are likely to attack given how much they've struggled in the passing game this season.

October 30, 2020 03:44 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Another DNP
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (groin) did not practice for the second straight day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

It looks like the starting defensive tackle is truly a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Patriots, a troubling thought considering the team has allowed 484 rushing yards over the past three games. That's something a strategic genius like Bill Belichick will be sure to try to take advantage of.

October 28, 2020 11:52 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Limited at practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler was listed as limited for Wednesday's practice session due to a groin injury, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Coach Sean McDermott tends to go easier on his veterans in the first practice session of the week, so this isn't too much to be alarmed about yet. That said, the Buffalo defense has been getting run over for several weeks now by opposing running backs, so Butler's presence is somewhat important toward Buffalo's chances of beating the Patriots in Week 8.

September 16, 2020 08:04 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Back to work
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler, who missed the season-opening win over the Jets due to a hamstring injury, was able to practice fully Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

It looks like the Bills may have played it safe with one of their prized offseason signees, perhaps helped by the fact they have so much depth on their defensive line. That said, it looks like Butler is trending toward adding even more power to an already strong defensive unit in Week 2.

September 13, 2020 11:36 AM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Out for Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (hamstring) has been made a game-day inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Butler was able to practice at times this week, so his Bills debut shouldn't be too far off. As far as Sunday goes, Harrison Phillips, Quinton Jefferson and Justin Zimmer (lifted off the practice squad) should all see more work due to Butler's absence.

September 11, 2020 06:48 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Status uncertain for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Butler started the week as a limited participant but worked at full speed Thursday and Friday, so he should be ready to go Sunday barring a setback. The 26-year-old is in line to start at defensive tackle for the Bills to begin the season. He recorded 32 tackles and six sacks over 14 games with the Panthers last year.

September 10, 2020 02:08 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Seemingly set for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (hamstring) practiced fully Thursday after working on a limited basis Wednesday.

Butler should be fine for his Bills debut Sunday against the Jets. He's expected to serve as a starter now that Star Lotulelei is sitting out the season, though the Bills still plan on running a heavy rotation throughout the defensive line.

September 9, 2020 09:24 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: Limited to start practice week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler (hamstring) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

The 2016 first-rounder is expected to be an important piece, as the Bills rely heavily on a rotation system for their defensive line. Butler did accrue 6.0 sacks last season, but his previous high in his three NFL seasons before that was just 1.5.

July 30, 2020 03:44 PM
Bills' Vernon Butler: More opportunities sans Lotulelei?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler, who was acquired by the Bills this offseason, could see more opportunity in 2020 due to Star Lotulelei opting out for the season, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.

The Bills run a rotation throughout their defensive line and it's a deep one at that, but Butler -- a 2016 first-rounder who logged a career-high six sacks last season with the Panthers -- is now expected to be needed that much more. For now, Butler is the most likely choice to assume Lotulelei's starting position, with potential budding star Ed Oliver manning the other tackle spot.

March 17, 2020 08:56 PM
Panthers' Vernon Butler: Another Panther to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler has agreed to a two-year deal with the Bills for around $16 million that can be worth up to $18 million, with $9.3 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

As we've seen over and over, the Buffalo brass continues to pluck former talent from the Panthers, where much of the coaching staff and Bills GM Brandon Beane have ties from earlier in their careers. Butler finished the 2019 season with 32 tackles, six sacks and three fumbles forced in 14 games played. The 2016 first-rounder can play a few different spots along the line, though the early guess is he'll work in a rotation with Ed Oliver, Star Lotulelei, Harrison Phillips and fellow new signee Quinton Jefferson to form a pretty formidable defensive tackle rotation.

January 7, 2020 09:48 PM
Panthers' Vernon Butler: Enjoys contract season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler finished the 2019 season with 32 tackles (22 solo), six sacks and three fumbles forced in 14 games played.

Butler, a first-round pick in 2016, managed just two sacks through his first three seasons. However, with the incentive of playing in the final year of his rookie deal after having his fifth-year option declined, the defensive tackle finally showed why Carolina regarded him so highly coming out of college. With career-best production across the board, the 25-year-old could now be in line for a nice payday as a free agent this offseason.

December 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Panthers' Vernon Butler: Will play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Butler is officially active for Sunday's game against the Saints, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Butler's days in Carolina looked over after he was ejected last week for punching Colts tight end Jack Doyle. It's still unclear what sort of role Butler will have in the defense, but with the team declining to pick up his 2020 option, this will likely be a huge "prove it" game for the 2016 first-round pick.

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Game Log
DateOpponentResultTKLASTTOTSCKINTPDEFFFSTY
Sun 09/13@ BUFL 17-2700000000
Sun 09/20@ MIAW 31-2822400010
Sun 09/27vs LARW 35-3201100000
Sun 10/04@ LVW 30-2300000000
Tue 10/13@ TENL 16-4211200000
Sun 10/25@ NYJW 18-1001100000
Sun 11/01@ BUFL 21-2400000000
Sun 11/08vs SEAW 44-3410100000
Sun 11/15@ ARIL 30-3200000000
Sun 11/29vs LACW 27-1720200000
Mon 12/07@ SFW 34-2412300000
Sun 12/13vs PITW 26-1500000000
Sat 12/19@ DENW 48-1900000100
Mon 12/28@ NEW 38-900000000
Sun 01/03vs MIAW 56-2600000000
Sat 01/09vs INDW 27-2400000000
Sat 01/16vs BALW 17-310100000
Sun 01/24@ KCL 24-3811200000
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2021BUF00000000000
2020BUF1491899000001
2019CAR149322210600000
2018CAR140196130.500000
2017CAR1401385000001
2016CAR10013581.500001
Total661895 50.045 800-03
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/330
Birthdate:
06/14/1994
Age:
27
Hometown:
District 4, Pike Co., MS
School:
Louisiana Tech
NFL Experience:
6
Awards: