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Malcolm Butler
CB #21
Height:
5-11
Weight:
190
Age:
28
College:
West Alabama
Hometown:
Vicksburg, MS
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2017):

TCKL
60
SCK
1.0
FF
3
INT
2

Biography

CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Malcolm Butler was signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 19, 2014.

SEASONAL REVIEWS
2017 (16/15, 3/2 - New England)
• Started at cornerback and totaled four solo tackles in the matchup vs. Kansas City (9/7).
• Totaled two tackles and a pass defensed after subbing as a defensive back in the nickel defense in the win at New Orleans (9/17).
• Returned to starting duties at cornerback and contributed with three total tackles in the victory vs. Houston (9/24).
• Started at cornerback and lead the team in tackles with eight total while adding a pass defensed and a first quarter interception of QB Cam Newton that led to the Patriots first touchdown drive vs. Carolina (10/1).
• Started at cornerback and totaled four tackles and a pass defensed in the victory at Tampa Bay (10/5).
• Started at cornerback and was a key contributor with four tackles, three passes defensed and an interception late in the second quarter that led to a Patriots touchdown to tie the game going into halftime in the victory at N.Y. Jets (10/15). Also forced a fumble of TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he was going into the end zone for a fourth-quarter score which caused the fumble out of bounds to be ruled a touchback and returned possesion to the Patriots.
• Contributed with six tackles and a pass defensed in a starting role at cornerback in the win vs. Atlanta (10/22). The pass defensed came on a third-and-1 pass breakup of a Julio Jones fourth quarter target in the end zone which led to a fourth-down stop on the ensuing play for the Patriots.
• Made the start at cornerback and finished with one tackle in the victory vs. L.A. Chargers (10/29).
• Started at cornerback and finished with three tackles and a pass defensed in the victory at Denver (11/12).
• Started at corner and totaled two tackles and a pass defensed in the 33-8 win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.
• Started at cornerback and contributed with four total tackles and adding two passes defensed in the victory vs. Miami (11/26).
• Made the start at cornerback and finished with a team-high eight tackles in the victory at Buffalo (12/3).
• Started at corner and finished with three tackles at Miami (12/11).
• Started at corner and finished with three tackles, including a key stop on the penultimate play of the game  when he tackled WR Darrius Heyward-Bey inbounds to keep the clock running prior to Duron Harmon’s game-sealing interception on the next play in the win at Pittsburgh (12/17).
• Made the start at cornerback and finished with three tackles, a pass defensed and a 13-yard sack of QB Tyrod Taylor in the fourth quarter of the win vs. Buffalo (12/24).
• Started at cornerback and finished with two tackles in the victory vs. N.Y. Jets (12/31).
• Started at cornerback and totaled four tackles during the Divisional round victory vs. Tennessee (1/13).
• Started at corner and finished with six tackles total and added a pass defensed in the AFC Championship victory vs. Jacksonville (1/21).
• Saw one snap on special teams in Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia (2/4).

2016 (16/16, 3/3 - New England)
• Earned his second career Pro Bowl invitation.
• Named to the AP All-Pro Second Team.
• Started all 16 regular-season games and recorded 63 tackles, one sack, and notched career-high four interceptions and 17 passes defensed. Also forced one fumble and recovered two others.
• Started all three postseason contests and posted 11 tackles and one pass defensed.
• Led the team with eight tackles and one pass defensed in the win vs. Miami (9/18).
• Picked off QB Landry Jones in the end zone during the first quarter to end a Steelers scoring threat in the win at Pittsburgh (10/23). Finished the game with six tackles and three passes defensed.
• Led the defense with nine total tackles vs. Seattle (11/13).
• Recorded his first ever NFL sack when he took down QB Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco (11/20). Added two tackles.
• Forced and recovered a fumble to mark the first forced fumble and fumble recovery of his NFL career in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/27) that led to a Patriots touchdown. Also added five total tackles.
• Picked off QB Jared Goff for 7 yards in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4). Added one total tackle and three passes defensed.
• Had his first career two-interception game in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) when he picked off QB Bryce Petty on third-and-11 in the first quarter and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 21-yard gain at the end of the third stanza. Had three total takeaways in the game after adding a fumble recovery in the second quarter to mark the first time that a Patriots player has had three takeaways in the same game since Steve Gregory had three (one interception and two fumble recoveries at N.Y. Jets Nov. 22, 2012).
• Recorded four tackles and a pass defensed in the AFC Championship win vs. Pittsburgh (1/22).

2015 (16/16, 2/2 - New England)
• Earned his first career Pro Bowl invitation.
• Started all 16 regular-season contests and recorded 72 tackles, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed.
• Started both playoff games and posted 12 tackles and three passes defensed.
• Recorded his first career regular-season interception off a Tyrod Taylor pass in the win at Buffalo (9/20). Also added six tackles and one pass defensed.
• Recorded a single-game career-high nine tackles and two passes defensed in the win at Indianapolis (10/18).
• Recorded two solo tackles and three pass breakups in the win at N.Y. Giants (11/15). Butler’s three pass breakups came against Odell Beckham Jr., who Butler held to four receptions on 12 targets.
• Recorded seven tackles, an interception and one pass defensed in the win vs. Tennessee (12/20).
• Made his first postseason start and recorded five tackles and one pass defensed in the playoff victory vs. Kansas City (1/16).
• Recorded a career playoff-high seven tackles and two passes defensed in the AFC Championship Game at Denver (1/24).

2014 (11/1, 3/0 - New England)
• Made the team as a rookie free agent and appeared in 11 regular-season games with one start and totaled 14 tackles, four passes defensed and one special teams tackle.
• Played as a reserve in all three playoff contests and made four tackles, one interception and three passes defensed.
• Sealed the Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1) by intercepting Russell Wilson’s pass intended for Ricardo Lockette in the end zone with 26 seconds left to play. He undercut a slant route, picked off the pass and returned it to the 2-yard line. It was his first career NFL interception. Two plays before the interception, Butler swatted a deep pass intended for Jermaine Kearse, but Kearse was able to gather the tipped ball before Butler pushed him out of bounds at the five-yard line. Butler led the team with a game-high three passes defensed in just 18 defensive snaps and posted three tackles.
• Was inactive vs. Cincinnati (10/5), vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16), vs. Detroit (11/23) and at Green Bay (11/30)  and active but did not play at Buffalo (10/12).
• Made his NFL debut at Miami (9/7), seeing action on special teams and at cornerback and recorded two tackles.
• Saw significant playing time as a fourth cornerback in the win vs. Denver (11/2), finishing with four tackles and one pass defensed.
• Made his first NFL start at defensive back in the win vs. Miami (12/14), finishing with two tackles.
• Posted four tackles and one special teams stop vs. Buffalo (12/28).

COLLEGE
• Played two seasons at West Alabama after transferring from Hinds (Miss.) Community College. Was a two-time first team All-GSC selection at cornerback as a junior and senior.
• Played in 25 games at West Alabama and compiled 94 tackles, seven interceptions, 27 passes defensed and blocked a field goal. Also returned kickoffs and punts.
• Led the GSC with 18 passes defensed as a senior.
• Intercepted three passes in a game against West Georgia as a junior.

PERSONAL
• Born March 2, 1990, in Vicksburg, Miss.
• Son of Deborah Butler and is one of five children.
• Majored in physical education at West Alabama.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS
Malcolm Butler was signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 19, 2014.

SEASONAL REVIEWS
2017 (16/15, 3/2 - New England)
• Started at cornerback and totaled four solo tackles in the matchup vs. Kansas City (9/7).
• Totaled two tackles and a pass defensed after subbing as a defensive back in the nickel defense in the win at New Orleans (9/17).
• Returned to starting duties at cornerback and contributed with three total tackles in the victory vs. Houston (9/24).
• Started at cornerback and lead the team in tackles with eight total while adding a pass defensed and a first quarter interception of QB Cam Newton that led to the Patriots first touchdown drive vs. Carolina (10/1).
• Started at cornerback and totaled four tackles and a pass defensed in the victory at Tampa Bay (10/5).
• Started at cornerback and was a key contributor with four tackles, three passes defensed and an interception late in the second quarter that led to a Patriots touchdown to tie the game going into halftime in the victory at N.Y. Jets (10/15). Also forced a fumble of TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he was going into the end zone for a fourth-quarter score which caused the fumble out of bounds to be ruled a touchback and returned possesion to the Patriots.
• Contributed with six tackles and a pass defensed in a starting role at cornerback in the win vs. Atlanta (10/22). The pass defensed came on a third-and-1 pass breakup of a Julio Jones fourth quarter target in the end zone which led to a fourth-down stop on the ensuing play for the Patriots.
• Made the start at cornerback and finished with one tackle in the victory vs. L.A. Chargers (10/29).
• Started at cornerback and finished with three tackles and a pass defensed in the victory at Denver (11/12).
• Started at corner and totaled two tackles and a pass defensed in the 33-8 win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.
• Started at cornerback and contributed with four total tackles and adding two passes defensed in the victory vs. Miami (11/26).
• Made the start at cornerback and finished with a team-high eight tackles in the victory at Buffalo (12/3).
• Started at corner and finished with three tackles at Miami (12/11).
• Started at corner and finished with three tackles, including a key stop on the penultimate play of the game  when he tackled WR Darrius Heyward-Bey inbounds to keep the clock running prior to Duron Harmon’s game-sealing interception on the next play in the win at Pittsburgh (12/17).
• Made the start at cornerback and finished with three tackles, a pass defensed and a 13-yard sack of QB Tyrod Taylor in the fourth quarter of the win vs. Buffalo (12/24).
• Started at cornerback and finished with two tackles in the victory vs. N.Y. Jets (12/31).
• Started at cornerback and totaled four tackles during the Divisional round victory vs. Tennessee (1/13).
• Started at corner and finished with six tackles total and added a pass defensed in the AFC Championship victory vs. Jacksonville (1/21).
• Saw one snap on special teams in Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia (2/4).

2016 (16/16, 3/3 - New England)
• Earned his second career Pro Bowl invitation.
• Named to the AP All-Pro Second Team.
• Started all 16 regular-season games and recorded 63 tackles, one sack, and notched career-high four interceptions and 17 passes defensed. Also forced one fumble and recovered two others.
• Started all three postseason contests and posted 11 tackles and one pass defensed.
• Led the team with eight tackles and one pass defensed in the win vs. Miami (9/18).
• Picked off QB Landry Jones in the end zone during the first quarter to end a Steelers scoring threat in the win at Pittsburgh (10/23). Finished the game with six tackles and three passes defensed.
• Led the defense with nine total tackles vs. Seattle (11/13).
• Recorded his first ever NFL sack when he took down QB Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco (11/20). Added two tackles.
• Forced and recovered a fumble to mark the first forced fumble and fumble recovery of his NFL career in the win at N.Y. Jets (11/27) that led to a Patriots touchdown. Also added five total tackles.
• Picked off QB Jared Goff for 7 yards in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4). Added one total tackle and three passes defensed.
• Had his first career two-interception game in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) when he picked off QB Bryce Petty on third-and-11 in the first quarter and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 21-yard gain at the end of the third stanza. Had three total takeaways in the game after adding a fumble recovery in the second quarter to mark the first time that a Patriots player has had three takeaways in the same game since Steve Gregory had three (one interception and two fumble recoveries at N.Y. Jets Nov. 22, 2012).
• Recorded four tackles and a pass defensed in the AFC Championship win vs. Pittsburgh (1/22).

2015 (16/16, 2/2 - New England)
• Earned his first career Pro Bowl invitation.
• Started all 16 regular-season contests and recorded 72 tackles, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed.
• Started both playoff games and posted 12 tackles and three passes defensed.
• Recorded his first career regular-season interception off a Tyrod Taylor pass in the win at Buffalo (9/20). Also added six tackles and one pass defensed.
• Recorded a single-game career-high nine tackles and two passes defensed in the win at Indianapolis (10/18).
• Recorded two solo tackles and three pass breakups in the win at N.Y. Giants (11/15). Butler’s three pass breakups came against Odell Beckham Jr., who Butler held to four receptions on 12 targets.
• Recorded seven tackles, an interception and one pass defensed in the win vs. Tennessee (12/20).
• Made his first postseason start and recorded five tackles and one pass defensed in the playoff victory vs. Kansas City (1/16).
• Recorded a career playoff-high seven tackles and two passes defensed in the AFC Championship Game at Denver (1/24).

2014 (11/1, 3/0 - New England)
• Made the team as a rookie free agent and appeared in 11 regular-season games with one start and totaled 14 tackles, four passes defensed and one special teams tackle.
• Played as a reserve in all three playoff contests and made four tackles, one interception and three passes defensed.
• Sealed the Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1) by intercepting Russell Wilson’s pass intended for Ricardo Lockette in the end zone with 26 seconds left to play. He undercut a slant route, picked off the pass and returned it to the 2-yard line. It was his first career NFL interception. Two plays before the interception, Butler swatted a deep pass intended for Jermaine Kearse, but Kearse was able to gather the tipped ball before Butler pushed him out of bounds at the five-yard line. Butler led the team with a game-high three passes defensed in just 18 defensive snaps and posted three tackles.
• Was inactive vs. Cincinnati (10/5), vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16), vs. Detroit (11/23) and at Green Bay (11/30)  and active but did not play at Buffalo (10/12).
• Made his NFL debut at Miami (9/7), seeing action on special teams and at cornerback and recorded two tackles.
• Saw significant playing time as a fourth cornerback in the win vs. Denver (11/2), finishing with four tackles and one pass defensed.
• Made his first NFL start at defensive back in the win vs. Miami (12/14), finishing with two tackles.
• Posted four tackles and one special teams stop vs. Buffalo (12/28).

COLLEGE
• Played two seasons at West Alabama after transferring from Hinds (Miss.) Community College. Was a two-time first team All-GSC selection at cornerback as a junior and senior.
• Played in 25 games at West Alabama and compiled 94 tackles, seven interceptions, 27 passes defensed and blocked a field goal. Also returned kickoffs and punts.
• Led the GSC with 18 passes defensed as a senior.
• Intercepted three passes in a game against West Georgia as a junior.

PERSONAL
• Born March 2, 1990, in Vicksburg, Miss.
• Son of Deborah Butler and is one of five children.
• Majored in physical education at West Alabama.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 205 173 32 2.0 0 47 8 36 -- 21 0 4 2
2017 NE 16 15 60 55 5 1.0 -- 12 2 -1 -0.5 1 0 3 --
2016 NE 16 16 63 48 15 1.0 -- 17 4 28 7 21 0 1 2
2015 NE 16 16 67 56 11 0.0 -- 15 2 9 4.5 9 0 0 --
2014 NE 11 1 15 14 1 0.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 KC L 27-42 4 4 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @NO W 36-20 2 2 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 HOU W 36-33 3 2 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 CAR L 30-33 8 7 1 0.0 -- 1 1 -2 -2 -2 0 0 --
5 @TB W 19-14 4 3 1 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 @NYJ W 24-17 4 4 0 0.0 -- 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 --
7 ATL W 23-7 6 6 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 LAC W 21-13 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @DEN W 41-16 3 3 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @OAK W 33-8 2 2 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 MIA W 35-17 4 3 1 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
13 @BUF W 23-3 8 7 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 @MIA L 20-27 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @PIT W 27-24 3 3 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 BUF W 37-16 3 3 0 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
17 NYJ W 26-6 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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