Reordering Patriots’ cornerback depth chart after E.J. Biggers signing
1. Malcolm Butler
Heroism in Super Bowl XLIX. A Pro Bowl nod in 2015. It’s safe to say that Butler is a full-fledged star, one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
You can look at his shutting down of Odell Beckham Jr. (yes, he gave up an 87-yard touchdown in the first quarter, but that was Devin McCourty’s fault more than anything) and see how much fire Butler plays with. He is one of the most confident defensive back the Patriots have had on their roster this decade, and it’s a key to his success.
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Playing in a contract year, expect Butler to play even better in 2016. In addition to reaching a second consecutive Pro Bowl, Butler should aim for top-five status at his position. A reasonable stat line goal: 60 tackles, 20 passes defended, five interceptions (and a pick-six).
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