Donald Butler Confident and Has Done Extra Work To Stay on Field For All 16 Games

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos receiver

Demaryius Thomas

(88) runs after a reception in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers linebacker

Donald Butler

(56) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason program began for the San Diego Chargers today and the players are showing up to get prepped for the season. LB Donald Butler stopped by the media booth to share his opinions on the coming season and he believes that the team will have more confidence this coming season.

He was asked about the team’s thoughts on the Super Bowl and he said that “we know that we can get there.”

The team’s run to the playoffs should give the team a little extra confidence. They know that they can get there and they know that they are a team to contend with.

The expectations going into the season will be greater for the fans and for the players. That run to the playoffs and that win in the first round has to keep the team hungry for more.

Butler also wanted to emphasize how important it will be for him to play in all 16 games this season. He knows that it has been one of his struggles. His durability is a concern and Tom Telesco signed Kavell Conner as insurance for that occasion. Butler has done some extra lower body work in order to keep shape this offseason and he hopes that it will pay off during the year.

Butler’s presence on the field would be huge for the defense. He played in 12 games last season and it was particularly painful with the other injuries at the position. The Chargers lost Manti Te’o, Jarret Johnson, Melvin Ingram and Dwight Freeney for some time last season. Having all of those guys healthy for the season would be a huge boost for the Chargers defense.

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