The New Orleans Saints felt they were upgrading their pass rush when they signed outside linebacker Victor Butler this offseason, but after tearing his ACL on Tuesday, he’ll likely miss the entire 2013 season. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who has always been a fan of Butler’s, brought him over from the Dallas Cowboys where he spent the past two seasons as a defensive coordinator.
Butler has flashed plenty of potential for the Cowboys over his first four seasons but he never got the opportunity to fully thrive in Dallas. Playing behind both Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware, Butler did manage to have an impact as a situational pass rusher collecting sacks 11 for the Cowboys. However, Butler never really blossomed into the potential the Cowboys felt he possessed. Butler struggled in his two starts filling in for an injured Spencer last year and never made an impact.
Despite his short comings when pressed into more playing time, Rob Ryan and the Saints believed they could get the most out of Butler to help a struggling pass rushing group in New Orleans. Butler’s injury is a tough blow to both the team and the player, who was finally getting his opportunity as a starter in the league.
Victor Butler is a nice player who could have helped the Saints pass rush in 2013 and his injury will cause him to miss the entire year. Butler’s bad luck has struck at the worst time in his career and the Saints defense will miss him.
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