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Week 1 vs. SF
Receiving: 1 / 13 / 1 on 1 targets
One his touchdown reception, Butler got wide open behind the defense, as he did so often last year. But this time he did what he had so much trouble with last season: he caught the ball for an easy TD. He wasn't used often, but proved his worth as a deep threat which ought to keep his hold on the slot receiver job for now over rookie Golden Tate.
Week 2 vs. DEN
Receiving: 5 / 50 / 0 on 8 targets
Butler did some nice work out of the slot, impressing with his catch-and-run ability. He also snagged a beauty in coverage, leaping to make a perfect catch. He was the top target to start the game, and ended up tied with John Carlson with 5 receptions on the day. The Seahawks have a lot of good receiving options, but Butler is making a case for a larger share of targets.
Week 3 vs. SD
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Butler didn't have a reception in the game, but he did draw a 23 yard pass interference penalty on Quentin Jammer late in the first half to set up a first down deep in San Diego territory.
Week 4 vs. STL
Receiving: 2 / 20 / 0 on 5 targets
Butler got wide open in the middle of the field and had a nice run after, but his involvement in the game diminished as it went on.
Week 6 vs. CHI
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 1 on 4 targets
Butler had very few looks in this offense, but he made them
count catching most of his targets. He scored with help from a very
well thrown touchdown pass on a fade route, where he used his speed to
just outrun a Chicago DB to the endzone. Butler has a lot of speed and
run after catch ability, but did not get a lot of looks from
Week 7 vs. ARI
Receiving: 3 / 41 / 0 on 5 targets
He had a big play on the drive after Arizona scored a TD to make it 16-7 and show some signs of life. Butler took a short pass from Hasselbeck and managed to get loose and turn it up field for a big gain and move Seattle from deep in their own territory and gave them operating room to mount a nice long drive that ended in points to make it 19-7. It was an important drive and took some of the sting form Anderson entering the game. Butler is really nothing special and likely needs a bigger impact WR1 opposite him to maximize his skills but he is effective in the underneath routes. Hasselbeck tried to connect with him deep a couple times but came up short.
Week 8 vs. OAK
Receiving: 1 / 4 / 0 on 5 targets
On a day in which the whole team stunk up the joint, it's not saying much, but Butler was the best looking receiver out there for the Seahawks. He drew a pass interference call on a deep pass --- which he almost caught despite the interference. On the next play, he got open in the end zone, but the pass was overthrown. Later on, he used his speed to get deep again and had a step on his man, but the ball was again just a bit too far and the best he could do was dive and get his fingertips on it. To add insult to injury, a bad bounce on another great effort resulted in an interception.
Week 9 vs. NYG
Receiving: 3 / 5 / 0 on 6 targets
Butler made his first catch, a quick turn-around play, but bobbled it horrendously and ended up losing yards on the play. Butler was targeted frequently, but couldn't take advantage. Often the passes were soft or off-target, allowing the defense to reach him as he caught it. Butler is the team's best deep threat, but until the O-line can protect the QB long enough for him to get downfield, he's no threat at all.
Week 10 vs. ARI
Rushing: 1 / 4 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 66 / 1 on 7 targets
At first, Butler was targeted on a number of short patterns, which gave him nowhere to run. But then Hasselbeck went deep to him and he came up big, not only with the catch, but he also somehow escaped three tacklers and ran 15 yards further for the score. Butler has always had success getting open downfield; the problem has been inconsistent hands. Now that he's proving to be more reliable, it's odd that he's given that opportunity so rarely. On the shorter throw --- which comprise most of his targets - he had nowhere to run, and was entirely unproductive, fantasy or otherwise.
Week 11 vs. NO
Receiving: 2 / 19 / 0 on 4 targets
Butler was targeted deep on the first drive, and was in position to catch the pass but it was overthrown. Not long after, with the defense respecting him as deep threat, it allowed him to get an easy first down on a button hook. Butler was targeted in red zone once, but overall had a pretty quiet day in between his two catches. The second one was in the final quarter and went for a first down.
Week 12 vs. KC
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 9 targets
Deon Butler had a chance to make a huge play for the team as Hasselbeck threw a ball up to the pylon for Butler to grab. He made the catch, but couldn't quite get his second foot down. It was a great show of athleticism to even make the catch, and he was unlucky not to score.
Week 13 vs. CAR
Receiving: 4 / 43 / 0 on 7 targets
With the injury to Mike Williams, Butler and Obamanu both had opportunities to step up. Butler looks silky smooth as a receiver, runs solid routes, and Hasselbeck is starting to lean on him more often. On one play in particular, Butler was able to break away from the defender as Hasselbeck was scrambling and this instinctive move allowed him to break downfield for a solid gain.
Week 14 vs. SF
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 68 / 1 on 7 targets
Butler had a hard time of it, early and late in this game, but fought back hard and made a few big plays by the end. At the start, he just couldn't get to the deep balls --- he was even called for Pass Interference after a blatant shove on one play. He finally made a diving catch for a 43 yard gain, as the ball was perfectly placed between the defenders by Hasselbeck. And late in the game, Butler did a fantastic job hanging on to the ball in the end zone as he was simply rocked as he pulled it in. He was taken out of game on that play on what looked like a broken leg. His season now looks to be done.