I’m not going to hate on the strategy because the Patriots are always able to find and maximize talent. The Titans were able to combine Malcolm Butler with Logan Ryan in what is starting to look like a pretty solid secondary with Byard in the back. The Titans closed the day with another pick-up in one of the premier free agent RBs Dion Lewis.
We all knew Butler was gone. I guess 30 mil guaranteed is the equivalent of not playing one snap in the Super Bowl? Part of me hopes that we never find the real reason he got the bench during the biggest game of the year. It just adds to the mystique that is Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Would he have made a difference? Doesn’t really matter at this point. I’m happy for Butler because going from undrafted to making this play:
And cashing in after. I’m not too sure how Butler will actually be in a Titans uniform because his production has kind of tapered off a bit. The kid from West Alabama always plays with a chip on his shoulder and that’s always a great quality to have.
Losing Dion hurts. Amendola is already gone and now we lost another fan favorite in Dion Lewis. Lewis opened up the 2015 coming out of nowhere and becoming one of the best Patriots’ play-makers highlighted by this play against the Cowboys:
Lewis however, as he has in the majority of his career saw his season end to injury. Though a partial comeback in 2016 — he was able to show some of that shiftyness and highlight play ability in 2017. The Patriots have a crowded backfield with James White and Rex Burkhead both as do-it-all backs but it’ll hurt to have Dion walk away.