His importance wasn’t that of an Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne or Jerrell Freeman but one should not forget the impact of Darius Butler last season.
Butler had two interceptions returned for touchdowns last year, both coming in road victories.
“Anytime you make plays, especially big plays to change a game, it does something for your confidence,” Butler now says. “Your confidence is real important especially on that back end. Anytime I make a play, even in practice, it does something for you.”
During the Colts 2013 training camp, Butler has continued to make plays with several interceptions during the first week of work.
In 2012, the Colts defense forced just 15 turnovers and Butler said that is something they are harping on in camp.
The secondary has been particularly active early on getting their hands on numerous balls.
“We could be the best in the league if we come out, work every day, feed off each other,” Butler said of the secondary. “We’ve got a lot of years back there at the safeties and me, Vontae (Davis) and Greg (Toler), we all came in in ‘09 and have been playing some good ball. The more we work together, the better we can play.”
Butler joined the Colts during the bye week last season and was a critical pickup during the Colts 11-5 year.
Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Butler has continued to play off his success last season and is currently the team’s nickel cornerback.
“You saw him last year do that. He did it a couple times in the first couple of practices we had,” Manusky said of Butler’s playmaking ability. “He has great ball skills. He’s competing just like all the other players are, but I love him.”
It appears the Colts have found some quality depth at the cornerback position which is a welcoming sight with not one corner on this year’s roster having been on the team prior to OTAs in 2012.
Butler knows the Colts have the potential for a championship level defense and he’s doing his part to get to the pinnacle.
“Everybody has the same goal this time of year and that’s to get to New York in February. There’s no greater motivation than that. You want to do it for the guy next to you, yourself, and your team.”
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