|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 227 lb.|
|Born:||May 16, 1996|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 4 (103)|
The Cardinals placed Butler (hand) on injured reserve Sunday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Butler was in a precarious spot before being diagnosed with an avulsion fracture early last week. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are locked into the top two spots at wide receiver for the Cardinals; fellow rookies Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson looked far more comfortable in the offense; and holdover Trent Sherfield picked up where he left off from the second half of last season. The final nails in Butler's coffin were the injury, which was followed by the signing of veteran wideout Michael Crabtree. Because Butler landed on IR before Week 1, he'll remain there for the entirety of his rookie campaign.
Butler has an avulsion fracture in his hand, making him a candidate to be placed on injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Butler reportedly missed practice the past two days, after finishing with no catches on one target (22 snaps) in Thursday's preseason loss to Oakland. The rookie fourth-round pick didn't seem to be making a push for a significant role in the Arizona offense, but his draft status presumably would've ensured him of a spot on the 53-man roster. While it isn't clear if Butler will be placed on injured reserve, coach Kliff Kingsbury did say the 23-year-old will be held out for the rest of the preseason, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. Given his slow progress this summer, an IR stash might be the best outcome for all parties.
Butler worked on his route footwork on the side with offensive assistant Jerry Sullivan at Sunday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Butler has had an up-and-down training camp, hauling in impressive catches while at the same time having difficulty with drops on deep balls. In the Cardinals' first preseason game last Thursday versus the Chargers, he played the second-most snaps among the team's wide receivers (32 of 68 on offense), but his sole target went for just six yards. Granted, he worked with reserve units for most of his time on the field, which hindered his output but also displayed his current standing in the receiving corps. As a 2019 fourth-rounder with plenty of potential, Butler shouldn't have a problem making the 53-man roster. That said, he may be buried on the depth chart to start the campaign behind holdovers (Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Trent Sherfield) and fellow rookies (Andy Isabella and KeeSean Johnson).
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