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The Butler Didn't Do It: Why Patriots Cornerback Malcolm Butler Missed the Team's OTAs

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According to a source, we now know why the second year corner was not seen during OTA sessions.

The last thing Malcolm Butler actually caught.
The last thing Malcolm Butler actually caught.
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Remember when Jonas Gray rushed for 201 yards against the Indianapolis Colts? Of course you do. You probably also remember that he slept through his alarm the following week and was sent home from practice for showing up late.

Gray, who looked like the New England Patriots' running back of the future against the Colts, would attempt only 24 more rushes the rest of the team's Super Bowl winning season.

Speaking of the Super Bowl – remember when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal line to secure the Patriots' fourth Lombardi Trophy? Of course you do. Butler had a memorable game in Super Bowl XLIX, not only picking off the de-facto game-winner but also breaking up numerous passes.

At least for one game, he looked like the New England Patriots' cornerback of the future – and that is why Jonas Gray comes to mind when reading Jeff Howe's report why Butler missed the Patriots' OTA sessions currently taking place in Foxboro.

According to Howe's source, Butler missed his flight to New England due to weather and was late for the team's first OTA session (May 26). Butler notified the team but that did not stop the coaching staff from disciplining the second-year player and holding him out of practice for three weeks. OTAs, by the way, are voluntary.

Next week, when the Patriots are beginning their minicamp practices, Butler is expected back on the field [EDIT: according to Ben Volin, Butler was on the practice field today].