When he mysteriously disappeared before February's Super Bowl, New England Patriots fans were nonplussed. Why isn't Malcolm Butler out there? Well, that game is done and dusted and Butler now wears a different uniform. But Pats fans can take some solace in the fact that the veteran cornerback is straight-up hot garbage so far in the new season.
Malcolm Butler statistically worst corner in NFL so far, so maybe Bill Belichick was right https://t.co/olQscIGXVf— WEEI (@WEEI) September 17, 2018
Sure, "worst corner in the NFL" is a subjective thing. Sure, it's only been two games. But the statistical breakdown on Butler is downright embarrassing. Take it away, Pro Football Focus!
Through two weeks, Malcolm Butler -- the cornerback who was infamously benched in the Super Bowl last year -- has been targeted 17 times while surrendering 257 yards (most in NFL) and three TDs (most in NFL) when in coverage.— Scott Barrett (@ScottBarrettDFB) September 17, 2018
That's right, Butler is surrendering over 15 yards per target in coverage. And it's not like his Titans have been playing the greatest possible competition so far, either. They edged out Deshaun Watson and the Texans in Week 2, but they opened the season against the Dolphins. Yeah, the Dolphins!
And yet, here we are.
Circle November 11th on your calendars, New England fans: your boys are heading down to Nashville. Think TB12 is going to air it out a little bit?