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Victor Butler relishes chance to win a starting job


Victor Butler will certainly be tested this year.

And after four years of doing little but study, he’s grateful for the chance.

The new Saints outside linebacker might be his team’s best shot at a consistent pass rush this year, but he had few opportunities in the past. Stuck behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas, Butler was a limited in what he was able to do.

“Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware are tremendous guys,” Butler said, via Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “They are tremendous athletes, tremendous football players, great competitors and great pros. But it’s hard to get in the classroom and let somebody teach you Algebra II, and not let you do homework. You don’t get to take the test, you just get to talk.

Now it’s an opportunity for me to get out there and apply what I learned from those guys on a real stage, not practice, not training camp. I get to get out in games and apply it and see how it goes.”

Butler had 11 sacks in four seasons with the Cowboys, playing strictly backup snaps. But while he’s technically competing for a starting job with Martez Wilson, his familiarity with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s scheme probably gives him a leg up.

“It’s very tight,” Butler said. “A competition is you put a guy with the ones and you see what he can do. Then you put this guy with the ones and you see what he can do. And whoever is the best and most productive player, that’s who gets the job. So it’s a good competition, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

It’s all he’s known in his NFL career, so he should. And with a contract that can void after one year, he knows he has a chance to put the numbers in his favor next season, if he finally performs well on the big test.

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4 Responses to “Victor Butler relishes chance to win a starting job”
  1. russrpm says: May 31, 2013 9:16 AM

    I hope he does well, but if the Saints ask him to do anything other than rush the passer, he will be in over his head again.

  2. ccjcsr says: May 31, 2013 10:04 AM

    Saints Fans need to heed the warning, he’s a flash in the pan player, a 3rd down type LB. Not consistent at all.

  3. darthsaint says: May 31, 2013 10:39 AM

    Here is hoping Victor makes a bunch of other teams wonder why they didn’t sign this guy. May the best player win and be a difference maker. Saints fans can only hope! We NEED pressure on the QB. The secondary wasn’t as bad as the lack of pass rush made them appear.

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 1, 2013 5:46 PM

    As usual, Ryan dumpster diving from previous team. Pulled mediocre players from Browns when he came to Dallas.

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