Brice Butler

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Brice Butler
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Butler with the Raiders in 2014
No. 18 – Arizona Cardinals
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-29) January 29, 1990 (age 28)
Norcross, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Norcross (GA)
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 209
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 73
Receiving yards: 1,177
Receiving touchdowns: 8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Brice Butler (born January 29, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at USC and San Diego State.

Early years[edit]

Butler attended Norcross (GA) in Norcross, Georgia, where he played football as a wide receiver. As a junior in 2006, he had 35 receptions for 680 yards (19.4 avg.) with 9 touchdowns. His 2007 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 as a senior after totalling 1,186 receiving yards with 15 touchdowns.

Butler also competed in track & field at Norcross. As a sophomore, he participated at the state meet in the 4 × 100 m relay, finishing seventh with a time of 42.54 seconds. At the Region 7-5A Meet, he helped lead his 4 × 400 m relay team to victory with a time of 3:22.82 minutes. He also posted personal-best times of 22.7 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 50.33 seconds in the 400-meter dash as a junior.

College career[edit]

Butler accepted a scholarship from the University of Southern California. His best season came as a redshirt freshman, when he recorded 20 receptions for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns, while earning Pac-10 All-Freshman honors. The next year, head coach Pete Carroll left for the NFL and Lane Kiffin was hired to replace him. During his three years with the team, Butler was a backup wide receiver that posted 4 starts, 41 receptions for 554 yards and 3 touchdowns.

After graduating in 2011 with a major in public policy, management and planning, he transferred to San Diego State University to play his final season and enroll in a master's program. He registered 24 receptions for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
4.37 s 1.54 s 2.58 s 4.40 s 6.70 s 39 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
All values from Pro Day[2]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Butler was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft, after running 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash in his pro day workout. As a rookie, he had 9 receptions for 107 yards in 10 games, but didn't have a catch after week 6 and was declared inactive for 5 games. The next year, he registered 21 receptions for 280 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On September 15, 2015, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys along with a sixth round selection (#189-Anthony Brown), in exchange for a fifth round pick (#143-DeAndre Washington).[3]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys acquired Butler for depth purposes after Dez Bryant was injured in the season opener. He passed Devin Street on the depth chart as the team's fourth wide receiver. Against the New Orleans Saints he had a 67-yard reception but suffered a hamstring injury in the play, which would limit him for six weeks. He played the majority of the final two games, totaling 8 receptions for 134 yards. His most productive game came in the Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills, making 4 receptions for 74 yards. He registered a total of 12 receptions for 258 yards (21.5-yard average) in 7 games.

In 2016, he worked with the first unit during OTAs while Bryant recovered from a broken foot. He started against the San Francisco 49ers in place of an injured Bryant and scored his first touchdown with the Cowboys. He also started against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers. He was the team's fourth wide receiver, but suffered through inconsistent play and in some games with untimely penalties. He finished with 16 receptions for 219 yards (13.7-yard average) and 3 touchdowns. In the NFC Divisional 31–34 playoffs loss against the Green Bay Packers, he had a rarely called illegal substitution penalty negating a 22 yard play and costing the team an additional 15 yards, and also had a key drop in the end zone.[4]

On March 8, 2017, the Cowboys re-signed Butler to a one-year contract.[5] He had a strong preseason and there was an expectation of him being more of a factor in the offense. In the first 5 games, he collected 207 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, before suffering a foot injury in practice that forced him to miss 3 games. In the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, he a had a 30-yard touchdown reception for the only points in a 6-0 win. He remained as the fourth wide receiver, appearing in 13 games, while making 15 receptions for 317 yards (21.1-yard average) and 3 touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On April 2, 2018, Butler signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[6]

Career stats[edit]

NCAA[edit]

Year School Conf Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
*2009 USC Pac-10 WR 13 20 292 14.6 2
2010 USC Pac-10 WR 12 9 112 12.4 1
2011 USC Pac-12 WR 11 12 150 12.5 0
*2012 San Diego State MWC WR 13 24 347 14.5 4
Career Overall - WR - 65 901 13.9 7
Career Southern California Pac-12 WR - 41 554 13.5 3
Career San Diego State MWC WR - 24 347 14.5 4

NFL[edit]

  Receiving Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD Fum FumL
2013 OAK 10 2 9 103 11.4 29 0 0 0
2014 OAK 15 0 21 280 13.3 55 2 0 0
2015 DAL 7 2 12 258 21.5 67 0 0 0
2016 DAL 16 3 16 219 13.7 41 3 0 0
2017 DAL 13 0 15 317 21.1 53 3 0 0
Total 61 7 73 1,177 16.1 67 8 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Butler's father, Bobby, played 12 years for the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive back. His brother Brenton played professional basketball with the RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf of the ProB league in Germany.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders take wideout Brice Butler from San Diego State". 27 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brice Butler Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com 
  3. ^ Wesseling, Chris (September 15, 2015). "Cowboys trade for Raiders WR Brice Butler". NFL.com. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (January 16, 2017). "Brice Butler on unsportsmanlike conduct penalty: Never heard of it in my life". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Rob (March 8, 2017). "Cowboys Re-sign Brice Butler, Helping Stabilize Wide Receiver Depth". DallasCowboys.com. 
  6. ^ Urban, Darren (April 2, 2018). "Cardinals Add WR Brice Butler". AZCardinals.com. 

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