Brice Butler out to prove he’s Cardinals No. 2 receiver

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Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said recently that it is “hard to say” who will be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, but one of the competitors believes he will make it an easy call before the regular season gets underway.

The Cardinals signed Brice Butler as a free agent this offseason and his starting experience over five years with the Raiders and Cowboys is limited to seven games. Butler, who has 73 career catches, doesn’t think that will keep him from making it clear that he’s the best choice for such a role in Arizona.

“Yeah, I’m going to prove it,” Butler said, via AZCentral.com. “That’s why I came here. I definitely didn’t come to not be on the field with Larry. But it’s not going to be given to me.”

Butler’s limited starts leave him in a similar boat as his competition. J.J. Nelson and Cobi Hamilton have made occasional starts, Chad Williams made one as a rookie last year and Christian Kirk was drafted this year, so someone’s going to be getting a lot more experience as a first-teamer even if Butler fails to deliver

28 responses to “Brice Butler out to prove he’s Cardinals No. 2 receiver

  1. Who is going to be throwing to these guys?

    Bradford wont last through the preseason, Kanoff I have never heard of, Glennon’s only skill is holding a clipboard, and Rosen is a rook.

    Should be fun to watch!

  2. Hopefully, the AZ. Cards. get their franchise QB.
    Larry Fitzgerald sure fire member of the HOF,needs someone to step up at QB and WR if they are to be successful.

  3. As a Raider Fan, I’ve seen him play well in the Preseason, he has some tools. He’s looked like a preseason All Pro at times. If he gets an opportunity, and a QB with some skills, he can be good WR. If hope he does well.

  4. Inconsistent is his middle name. Makes uncatchable catches, but drops the easy ones. Stupid penalties too from time to time. Glad he’s gone.

  5. If His hands were as big as His mouth he would never drop a pass. Guy has a little talent, but just disappears way to much. Not talking game to game, more like play to play. He is 28, a little more than year younger than Dez Bryant.

  6. He came from a team where every WR had lousy years due to the fact that the team had no QB

  7. The Truth says:

    He came from a team where every WR had lousy years due to the fact that the team had no QB
    ******************************************************************************************
    This clown continues to badger and beat a dead horse and he seems to take pleasure in doing so…………….SMH!!!

  8. I have never, ever in my many years on this site seen a poster like the truth constantly beat up on a person like he does with Dakota Rayne Prescott.

    It is very sad and disgusting at the same time and he blames Dak for almost everything that is Cowboys related or Cowboys associated.

    Do us all a favor and stop this crap, we are all getting tired of reading your negativity and you need to seriously look at yourself in the mirror.

  9. As far as skills and experience goes, Larry Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ best receiver, but he’s not a traditional wideout anymore. He’s been playing the slot more under former coach Bruce Arians. Also, Larry Legend is 35 years old–the man can basically take off his game jersey and put on a Canton gold jacket at anytime.

    So, if Brice Butler is looking to be the #2 receiver, that basically means he’s looking to be the #1 receiver. At 6’3″, 215 lbs., he’s built for the outside game but he’s averaging only 15 catches a year throughout his career! That would be a massive turnaround for the 28 year old from USC and San Diego State. I am not holding my breath here.

    Christian Kirk was brought in from Texas A&M, drafted in the 2nd round, and will probably stay within his skill set: slot receiver and punt returner. If he succeeds early, I’m sure Coach Wilks will move him to where ever he can succeed. Kirk was amazing in college, so I hope that success translates to the pros.

    With the wide receiver free agent pool completely thinned out, the Cardinals should look at trading for a big WR who can go up for that jump ball. Unfortunately, those types of receivers are not readily available. By the way, I don’t think that signing Dez Bryant is a good fit at all. I know his name will come up in discussions: declining skills, reputation for being hard-headed, and not a locker-room guy.

  10. stucats says:
    I have never, ever in my many years on this site seen a poster like the truth constantly beat up on a person like he does with Dakota Rayne Prescott. It is very sad and disgusting at the same time and he blames Dak for almost everything that is Cowboys related or Cowboys associated.
    ==

    Come on, man!
    I will assume you’re a loyal Cowboys fan (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
    Clearly the poster to whom you refer wants to get under the skin of Dallas devotees. Responding as you did is exactly what he wants, therefore he has no reason to stop. Hell, with all the trolling on his site you could be him having a fake back-and-forth with yourself for all I know.
    Either way, while I can’t prove it, his writing style, modus operandi and timing make me wonder whether he’s the same guy who used to post on every single Redskins story about what an overrated bum Kirk Cousins is, while Bobby Griffin III got the shaft. Is it a coincidence that guy disappeared after Cousins signed with Minnesota, at roughly the same time the constant Dak-bashing began?
    Whether the two are one and the same or not, stop letting him get to you. I’m sure your last post made his day, and even now he’s looking for his next opportunity to poke the bear.

  11. Larry is one of the greatest all time receivers. It’s a shame the back end of his career has been devoid of a decent QB. I still wonder what it would’ve been like if they had brought Boldin back at some point. Those two together were a force.

  12. Love Larry Fitz too but will never understand great players who are so foolish to stay with a middling team out of loyalty or stupidity.

    Should be moving around to find a champ and be a part of history.

    Credit Labron and Durant and Chris along etc for striving to be champs.

  13. Love Larry Fitz too but will never understand great players who are so foolish to stay with a middling team out of loyalty or stupidity.

    Um, Cards were one play away from winning the Super Bowl and beat an Aaron Rodgers led team the next. He had a second chance again in 2015 when they were four quarters away from another Super Bowl appearance. That’s better than half the league for the last 15 years when you think about the Raiders, Browns, Bills, Texans, Jaguars, Lions, Jest, Dolphins, Bucs, Titans, need I go on?

  14. The best predictor of the future is the past. One only need to look at his performance, which is well documented, his age, which is 28, and conclude that his mouth is far bigger than his capability. He is a #4 at best.

  15. I almost bought a playstation off Brice. When he came out of college he was all in on chasing his dream and was selling off possessions to make his dream a reality.

    His dedication is ridiculous. Mark him down as a darkhorse fantasy pick to click and thank me later.

  16. Brice Butler will Not Arizona’s #2. Arizona has Larry Fitzgerald who is the #1 and still one of the top WR’s in the NFL coming off his 3rd straight 100/1000YD+ season, they drafted one of the best WR”s in the draft in WR Christian Kirk who had a late 1st round grade n likely would of went in RD-1 if not the trouble he got in pre-draft, Arizona was lucky he was still there in RD2. 5″11-175pd JJ Nelson coming of his 2nd straight 500+YD season with elite 4.28spd & 6″3/220pd WR Brice Butler with his elite 4.34yd speed will battle for the #3 spot, giving Arizona two legit deep threats with elite speed in the process as #3/#4 receivers. 2nd year WR 6″2-205pd WR Chad Williams with 4.39 speed will battle Kirk for the #2 spot, Williams has vastly improved going into his 2nd season. Arizona knew when they drafted Chad Williams out of Tiny Grambling state he would need a redshirt year.
    On top of Arizona’s receiving core they also Elite All-Pro RB/WR David Johnson who doubles as a truly elite #2WR grading as the top WR in the NFL via PFF in 2016 w/ a 92.4 overall record, Johnson is a beast who should rather easily have 80-100 receptions for 900-1100YDs. Arizona drafted dual threat RB/WR 5″9/205pd Chase Edmonds who has looked extremely sharp thus far and also doubles as an excellent receiver, ensuring Johnson isnt over used. And Arizona has two very good receiving TE’s in 6″5 former Pro-Bowl TE Jermaine Gresham and excellent 2nd year 6″5 TE Ricky Seals-Jones, who is a star in the making Arizona is extremely high on.
    Arizona has a good legit core of weapons at WR, RB/WR and TE for their QB to throw to and should have a very potent passing attack with one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL. Hopefully the QB throwing to those weapons in rookie QB Josh Rosen.

  17. “The best predictor of the future is the past. One only need to look at his performance, which is well documented”

    So that’s why all the commenters are millionaires. All we did is look at past results, and picking all the winners is really easy! Next Super Bowl will be Eagles beating the Patriots, 41-33 again!

    The reality is that NFL coaches frequently mismanage talented players. That’s why Brice may be able to succeed. Just look at any guy who played for Jeff Fisher, then went elsewhere. Bradford in Minny was a short passing game expert, but under Fisher he was hot garbage. Amendola under Fisher was mediocre, but with the Pats he became an essential part of the offense.

    Going the other way, look at how productive Jimmy Graham was with the Saints. Then he went to Seattle, and they didn’t know how to use him, which is humorous.

  18. Really, he’s trying to be #3. The real #2 receiver on this team will be a guy named David Johnson. Between him and Fitz trying for 1,000 yards receiving each, there won’t be much left for the other 4-5 guys to divvy up.

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