Tag:Darius Butler
Posted on: September 6, 2011 6:04 pm
 

CB Darius Butler cut by Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson

In 2009, the Patriots had a whopping four second-round draft picks. On Tuesday, they cut one of those picks, cornerback Darius Butler.

Butler, the 41st-overall pick that year, announced the move on Twitter.

"Its been real New England," Butler tweeted Tuesday. "I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation."

Per our Patriots Rapid Reporter Greg Bedard, Butler wasn't exactly shocked about the news.

 "It wasn't a surprise. I was hearing trade speculation," Butler said. "It happened maybe a little bit later than I wanted, but I'm ready to go forward."

Butler, who played in 15 games last season, recorded just 23 tackles and zero sacks. Butler figured to see some substantial playing time last year when Leigh Bodden went on injured reserve, but he never stepped up his play and eventually lost his starting spot.

With Bodden, blossoming star Devin McCourty and Kyle Arrington topping the depth chart, the Patriots clearly felt they have enough manpower.

Don't expect to see the youngster stay on the open market long, though. As Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette points out, the Panthers have the first chance at claiming Butler off of waivers and given that their in pretty desperate need of cornerbacks, it would be shocking to see them pass on him.

Interestingly enough (or maybe not?), in the 2009 NFL Draft, Butler went two picks ahead of former Panthers defensive end Everette Brown, who Carolina cut Sunday. Butler won't get them their first-round pick back from the 49ers, but he might salvage something out of what turned out to be an absolutely disastrous draft in 2009.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:00 am
 

Ochocinco starts Twitter war

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It started with a simple question from the Twitter page of Chad Ochocinco.

“Can someone please give me each Patriot player that has twitter account please, its about that time for this years s--- talking to go down”

And what followed was a pretty good exchange with one of the men, cornerback Darius Butler, who will be charged with containing Ochocinco when the Bengals travel to New England on Sunday.

Ochocinco wrote: @dariusbutler28 are you gonna have safety help the entire game?

Responded Butler: @OGOchoCinco lol. Thats gon b ya excuse when they ask u what happened week 1 against a 2nd yr guy n a rook?

And then, a few minutes later: @OGOchoCinco my bad i took so long. I was lookin thru this film to see the last time some put a safety over top of 85

Responded Ochocinco: @DariusButler28 well you must be watching highschool film because there's a safety on every damn play leaning my way, im watching film to

Responded Butler: @OGOchoCinco which game u on? I jus got off the last two games u had last season. I don't even think they had a safety on the field most the game.

Responded Ochocinco: @DariusButler28 if you look on you profile picture on your background, its a damn safety behind you in the picture so i know its comin :(

Ochocinco also went after Patriots rookie CB Devin McCourty and NT Vince Wilfork

To McCourty: @dmccourty32 hi, my name is Esteban ( S-tay-vannnn ) that's the how to pronounce it, gonna talk s--- to you in espanol during the game ok”

To Wilfork: @wilfork75 taking a large number of patriot/ochocinco fans to eat saturday, you want to come?

Tragically, neither of them responded as of press time.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 8:40 pm
 

Patriots lose top CB Bodden for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Patriots secondary suffered a major blow with veteran cornerback Leigh Bodden being placed on Injured Reserve Tuesday. The Patriots announced that Bodden went on IR with a shoulder injury, though multiple media outlets are pointing out that he's battled knee problems this preseason. 
L. Bodden (US Presswire)
New England used the Bodden move as part of their efforts to trim their roster to the required 75 men Tuesday. Bodden turned down free agent offers over the offseason to sign a four-year, $22 million with New England this past March. He is the team’s most reliable corner, in part because he is familiar with this scheme from his days playing for Romeo Crennel in Cleveland, and in part because he is adept in both man and zone coverage.

Bodden’s absence means that first-round rookie Devin McCourty, who has been impressive in training camp and the preseason, will likely get an opportunity to start. That would make for an extremely callow secondary, though, as last year’s second-round picks, Darius Butler (CB) and Patrick Chung (SS), both figure to see significant action with the first unit.

Third-year pro Jonathan Wilhite could also get a look, though he’s been inconsistent. Terrence Wheatley, who is also in his third season, is talented but injury prone.

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