DT Vernon Butler - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 323Born: 6-14-1994College: Louisiana TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 30 (2016)

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Summary

The 25-year-old former first round selection had a run-in with the law prior to the 2018 season which dented his prospects. In a crowded defensive line group, Butler is the player most in need of a productive season to get the coaches back on side. His bulk and power can be channeled into a very useful chess piece for Ron Rivera's defense, which is changing to a 3-4 alignment in 2019. On paper, Butler fits as a disruptive 5-technique. He is worth monitoring in camp, but may be on the outside looking in. The team declined to pick up the fifth-year option in his contract, a sign they may part ways with him unless he turns heads in 2019 with from a disciplinary and on-field standpoint. (June 1)

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2016 CAR 10.0 5.0 8.0 1.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2017 CAR 14.0 8.0 5.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2018 CAR 14.0 7.0 12.0 0.5 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 10.0 * * * * * * *
2019 PROJ-Norton 16.0 8.0 * * * * * * *

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1vs Los Angeles Rams
2vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4@ Houston Texans
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7--- BYE WEEK ---
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