Preseason superstar Brice Butler had a nice game for the Oakland Raiders on Monday night. The 7th round pick had 3 catches for 54 yards against the vaunted Broncos defense. Although Butler did have a huge dropped pass early in the game, it is a great sign to see Butler stepping up so quick in his career.
Reggie McKenzie has shown that he could find diamonds in the rough in the late rounds and in free agency during his short stint with the Raiders. Butler was definitely a big find as he did not put up good numbers at USC or San Diego State. Although Butler was not even invited to the draft combine, his 4.37 40 yard-dash and 39 inch vertical made the 6’3 214 pound Butler an intriguing prospect.
During the preseason, Butler made some incredible catches which made his name skyrocket within the Raider Nation. In fact, Butler reminds me of former Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter because both of them are not only big receivers but they are super athletic.
The Raiders are stacked with a bunch of young athletic wide receivers so it was surprising to see Butler get so much playing time this season. Even before Monday’s big game, I noticed that Butler was taking some of Jacoby Ford’s reps.
Don’t be surprised if Butler soon replaces the speedster Ford in the pecking order before the end of the season. Although Denarius Moore proved on Monday he is probably the most talented wide receiver on the Raiders roster, Moore’s poor attitude might make him expendable if Butler keeps developing.