Malcolm Butler debuts as a Titans’ starter, #asexpected

AP

When last we saw cornerback Malcolm Butler, he was standing on the sidelines for all of Super Bowl LII, with the exception of one special-teams play. When next we see him, he’ll be a starting cornerback for the Tennessee Titans.

The initial depth chart has Butler joining fellow former Patriot Logan Ryan as the starting cornerbacks, with Butler earning the No. 1 spot ahead of former first-rounder Adoree Jackson. While not a surprise in light of the five-year, $61.25 million deal given to Butler in the offseason, Butler’s quick ascension to the first string reconfirms that, whatever it was that kept Butler out of a game in which the Patriots needed all they help they could get, there’s nothing wrong with Butler.

Elsewhere on the first depth chart, Derrick Henry appears as the starting running back over former Patriot Dion Lewis, and the starting receivers are Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor.

Veteran Blaine Gabbert is holding off rookie Luke Falk, for now, as the No. 2 quarterback behind Marcus Mariota. If the Titans decide to keep only two quarterback on the roster, Gabbert could be the one to go.

10 responses to “Malcolm Butler debuts as a Titans’ starter, #asexpected

  1. Butler is the only reason they beat the Seahawks in that SB. He’s one of the reasons they lost the last one, but Brady is the biggest loser for fumbling away the last chance. #washedup #hasbeen

  2. Is there any viable explanation as to why a guy who played 99% of defensive snaps during the regular season and playoffs is benched during the SB? And then signs a 61 million dollar contract?

  3. Oh how far the Titans have come in the last 2-3 years.

    From Perrish Cox and Coty Sensabaugh at CB and Da’Norris Searcy and Michael Griffin at S.

    To Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan at CB and Kevin Byard and Kenny Vaccaro at S.

    Almost makes you forget the decade of garbage.

  4. 700levelvet says:
    August 6, 2018 at 5:39 pm
    Is there any viable explanation as to why a guy who played 99% of defensive snaps during the regular season and playoffs is benched during the SB? And then signs a 61 million dollar contract

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    The only explanation is that BBs ego got in the way. But I probably shouldn’t have said that because the sensitive pat nation will come out in full force.

  5. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    August 6, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    Butler is the only reason they beat the Seahawks in that SB.

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    Really? I thought it was because Brady torched the LOB for 350 yards passing and 3 YDs including two in the 4th quarter

  6. 700levelvet says:
    August 6, 2018 at 5:39 pm
    Is there any viable explanation as to why a guy who played 99% of defensive snaps during the regular season and playoffs is benched during the SB? And then signs a 61 million dollar contract?
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    Don’t know and don’t know if we will ever know. Wish the best to Butler going forward. If I recall, there was a point where Butler was working at a fast food job before being picked up by the Pats. Started with nothing and now a Super Bowl hero and NFL multi-millionaire. Good story.

    Texans, Lions and Titans are all building “New England-the-next-generation” orgs. Wish them all well, except when they play the Pats, of course.

  7. LOB was a shell of itself. Sherman with a torn elbow, Chancellor with a torn MCL, Thomas with a separated shoulder, Avril and Lane out for the 4th. No coverage and no pass rush.

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    nhpats says:

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    Really? I thought it was because Brady torched the LOB for 350 yards passing and 3 YDs including two in the 4th quarter

  8. Don’t sleep on Jackson. He’s gonna play plenty. He had a sneaky great rookie year & these days you need 3 good CBs. He’s not starting because you can only list 3 starters.

    And that’s without mentioning his kick returning & offensive potential.

  9. Most likely it will be Jackson and Butler at the corners with Logan Ryan playing the nickel. This list also has Kendrick Lewis at SS with Vaccaro backing up Byard at FS.

    This story also says that Gabbart could be the one to go if the Titans only keep 2 QB’s. Gabbart isn’t going anywhere. Mariota hasn’t played a full season yet and Gabbart is a step up over Cassel from last year. We all know a decent QB is needed. Look at the Miami game from last year.

    We all know this is going to change. Florio just needed a story.

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