The New Orleans Saints brought in Rob Ryan to revive the league’s worst defense and the team will switch from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive scheme. With Ryan’s as the new defensive coordinator, he brought along some of his former players. One player that Ryan brought along with him to New Orleans is linebacker Victor Butler. Butler was not a big name offseason acquisition for the Saints, but he will definitely make an impact as the Saints look to improve their defense.
With Butler in the fold, it is speculated that he will be a lock to be one of the starting outside linebackers. Butler is the most familiar with Ryan’s defense and in a starting role he could make a bigger impact than he has in the past. Last season for the Dallas Cowboys, Butler had 25 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovered and defended three passes in all 16 games. Butler produced all of those numbers in a limited role last season for the Cowboys. With a starting role, his production should go up.
Butler is a solid player and already knowing the defense will give him a huge edge heading into training camp. Furthermore, Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune has even said that the starting linebacker spot is Butler’s to lose. Some of Butler’s biggest competition will be from young pass-rushers Martez Wilson and Junior Galette. Wilson and Galette will likely get some playing time, but it will likely come behind Butler, as he should win the starting spot.
I think Butler will have a breakout season this year for the Saints, and will vastly improve the Saints’ pass-rush in the process. Butler was a great pick up for the Saints and next season he will show everyone why.