Butler: 'Play not up to par'

September, 29, 2010
9/29/10
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s been a rocky start to the season for second-year cornerback Darius Butler, who was demoted last Sunday in favor of Kyle Arrington.

In a credit to Butler, he isn’t shying away from answering tough questions about his situation. Butler, who was on the field for just four snaps in Sunday’s win, was surrounded by a large gathering of reporters toward the end of the locker-room access period Wednesday.

“Obviously, every player wants to be on the field every snap and that wasn’t the case Sunday, and now I’m moving on to this week,” he said.

Butler, who noted that the NFL is a production business and players that don't produce won't be on the field, said he wasn’t surprised by the decision to start Arrington in his place.

Asked if he understood the decision, Butler said, “I guess so. I guess my play wasn’t up to par and I wasn’t on the field. That’s obviously where I want to be, so I need to do whatever it takes.”

Butler said his approach, from a preparation standpoint, won’t change this week.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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