Sep 18, 2011; Foxborough, MA, USA; San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Donald Butler (56) celebrates a sack of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (not pictured) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

A Faster and More Athletic Donald Butler

Donald Butler had an excellent season in the middle of the Chargers defense last year and we expect him to keep getting better with maturity and familiarity with the league. His first year in the league had to be put on hold because of an Achilles injury and he gave the fans confidence with his play last season. Achilles injuries take a while to heal up and we can expect a faster and more athletic linebacker this season:

“I knew I had lost a step. Honestly, there were times where I felt like, between the Achilles and a calf strain, I was playing on one leg,” Butler said. “You learn from a guy like Takeo, especially when it comes to similar experiences like this, and he teaches you how to play through the tough times.

“Now I’m better. I feel like I have my step back. It takes a year to a year-and-a-half to get back to full strength. My confidence level is sky high right now. I feel great and during these OTAs I’m trying to gain an even better grasp on the system.” (North County Times)

A better Donald Butler? The whole season starting in the middle will give him more familiarity with the league and now he will have both legs to get him to the ball. With his knowledge of the system and his knowledge of the league, added with a more speed and more agility, Butler could become an even bigger play maker for this team. He made some nice things happen last season and I can’t wait to see what he does this season.

I still remember that ball that he ripped out of Dustin Keller’s hands and ran back for a score. It is one of the most memorable plays of the season!

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast
2011 16 2.0 1 2 0 2 2 2 0 1 37 1 75 19
Career 16 2.0 1 2 0 2 2 2 0 1 37 1 75 19
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Generated 6/7/2012.

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