As Darius Butler walked into the Colts locker room on Tuesday afternoon he quickly realized he was on the other side of the rivalry.
Butler, the Colts newly signed cornerback, comes to the Indianapolis after playing his first two NFL seasons (2009-2010) with the New England Patriots.
“It’s a great organization,” Butler said of his new team. “I played against this team every year. This is a big rivalry. It’s a great organization and I’m real happy to be a part of it.”
Last season, Butler played for the Carolina Panthers and has been ready for the chance to get back on the playing field after being cut on August 31.
He comes to the Colts during a time where the cornerback position is going through some injuries.
Head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday that cornerbacks Vontae Davis (ankle) and Justin King (groin) would be week-to-week.
Butler isn’t sure where he will fit at the cornerback position but is anxious for another opportunity.
“They are kind of feeling me out, just like I’m kind of feeling them out,” Butler said. “We’ll know pretty quickly where they want me to help, where they think it’s best for me to help out. I’m ready to come in here and do whatever they need to do to help the team.”
During his 2009 season with the Patriots, Butler made seven tackles in a reserve role against the Colts.
The new scheme the Colts have implemented in the defensive backfield is something that has Butler intrigued.
“I definitely think it fits me well,” Butler said of the scheme. “It’s just pretty much picking up new terminology. Once I pick that up, I can play faster and think faster.”
Walking into the locker room, Butler did see a pair of former teammates from Connecticut in running back Donald Brown and linebacker Scott Lutrus.
Butler played in 42 career games at Connecticut and was a two-time captain for the Huskies.
He comes into a bye week for the Colts which should speed up the learning process, with the next game not until Oct. 7.
“I’m sure it will help me out mentally, getting the hang of things, getting used to the scheme and program,” Butler said. “Physically, I want to get out there. I’ve had enough bye weeks this year. I would like to get out there this Sunday but it’ll be good to get used to the new surroundings.”
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