Sleeper Spotlight: Darius Butler DB: New England Patriots
This former second round pick from Uconn is an emerging star and starting to show up more and more on the radar in New England. 2nd year defensive back Darius â€œDBâ€ Butler has caught the eye of many as he pushes toward the start of the 2010 NFL season. The New England secondary needs Butler to fill the role as the shutdown corner for the upcoming season. A secondary that has been considered to be soft, unaware and inexperiencedÂ has been the achilles heel in recent years. Fortunately for Patriots users Darius Butler has all the makings of superstar.
What DB lacks in height (5â€™11) he makes up for with his quickness and play making ability. While he wonâ€™t be the fastest player on the field, at 91 speed, 92 acceleration, and 92 agility, he will certainly have some of the best hands with a 70 catch rating. Another surprising rating for Butler is his 97 jumping ability. This allows Butler to play much taller and defend against the bigger receivers in the game. Butler also has the hard hitting ability (68) that should jar a few balls loose here and there and allow you to be a bit more creative in how you use him in your defensive scheme.
A few Patriots wins early on, a few Butler INTâ€™s, and a few roster updates later, Darius Butler has the chance to become a Patriot all time great with the likes of Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, and Asante Samuel.
Our take: Look to use Butler as your primary shutdown corner. He has the potential to become the next big thing in the NFL and in Madden. A ratings boost in speed is all that is keeping this â€œsleeperâ€ away from being a Madden superstar!
We were talking about Butler at Dinner the other night. My dad had reffed him at a charity basketball game and mentioned what type of an athletic specimen he was. We were trying to recall his name and we ran through the recent Pats picks like Jonathan Wilhite, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and others in the secondary. However, I’d say within the first quarter of this season, we will have the chance to never forget it!
Pats have a serious Madden Secondary
Merriweather has all 90+ for speed
Chung (92) and Sanders (85) both have great hit power.
Wilhite, McCourty and DB all are above 90 speed! Throw in the solid but slower Leigh Bodden and you have a full deck of players for your dime look!
Stick Wilfork, Warren Mayo, Guyton on the field and thats 11 players who are going to create some havoc with their overall team speed.
Do you think the Pats have what it takes to get back to their 08 Madden Level? Are you nervous about lack of WR speed depth and HB Speed? Let us know in the comments!
About the Author: ZFarls is a 23 Year Old Madden Baller from Boston, MA. Along with Sgibs, he owns Madden Bible and looks to give players advanced strategies and tactics to win more madden games. He preaches confidence in what you are running and knowing the situation you are in. Everything else will come naturally!