Patriots Pro Bowlers: Why these seven players made the roster

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5. Malcolm Butler

If you had predicted at this time last year that the little-known undrafted rookie behind Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Logan Ryan and Kyle Arrington on the cornerback depth chart would make the Pro Bowl in 2015, no one would have believed you. But sure enough, Butler has been one of the best defensive backs in football this year, backing up his Super Bowl XLIX heroism and earning a Pro Bowl berth.

Butler stands out from the typical Patriots cornerback with his talkative and energetic demeanor on the field. He plays with fire, never backing down from a challenge. What’s more important is the confidence he plays with, and that’s helped him contend with the likes of Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. this season.

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Butler has been getting his hands on passes all season, as evidenced by his 15 passes defended, which is tied for ninth among all defensive players. He’s also nabbed two interceptions, indicating that he can make the big play, too.

The Patriots couldn’t be more excited with Butler right now. Honestly, one could make the case that he’s been better than Revis this season.

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