Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Rookie glance: WR Brice Butler
By Paul Gutierrez
How acquired: Seventh-round draft pick (No. 209 overall) out of San Diego State
2013 season: Considered somewhat of a reach pick so late in the draft, Butler had NFL bloodlines as his father Bobby was a first-round pick and 12-year veteran as a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons from 1981 through 1992. But Raiders receivers coach Ted Gilmore had the younger Butler at USC (Butler transferred to SDSU for his last season) and obviously liked him. Butler played in 10 games, starting two. He was active in the Raiders’ first seven games, and caught a pass in his first six NFL games, but none after Oct. 13. For the season, Butler caught nine passes for 103 yards, averaging 11.4 yards per catch.
Looking ahead: A “tweener” as a receiver -- he’s not a big possession guy, nor is he a prototypical burner. Being inactive for four of Oakland’s last five games, including the final three, might not bode well for his future with the Raiders, especially if they draft Sammy Watkins. But Butler has nice hands, he does appear to be ahead of 2012 draft pick Juron Criner on the depth chart, and veteran Jacoby Ford will be an unrestricted free agent.