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Butler gets positive review from Belichick

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Second-year cornerback Darius Butler has had an up-and-down season. Now, after losing his starting job Sept. 26, it looks like he’s back on the “up” side of things.

Butler replaced Kyle Arrington for the second half of Sunday’s win over the Colts, and Bill Belichick gave a positive review of how he performed.

“I think Darius did some good things,” Belichick said. “It wasn’t perfect, but he’s worked hard in practice and I think he’s improved on things that maybe weren’t quite at the level maybe he wanted them to be earlier in the season. Those have been showing up better in practice.

“The key for him is to keep working hard, stay focused, and pay attention to the little details and techniques, and executing the defense. He has a lot of talent. He’s a smart kid. It’s being able to apply it on the field and taking those coaching points in practice and the meetings and make those part of the execution.”

This will be one area to watch, from a personnel perspective, on Thursday.

Does Butler open the game at right cornerback? Or does Arrington keep the spot?