New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler had to field questions about something he retweeted after a Monday Night Football loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Patriots lost to the Dolphins 27-20, and quarterback Jay Cutler had one of his best games of the season. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns.
After the game Pro Football Focus tweeted out a graphic that showed Cutler’s success when the Patriots blitzed. Butler retweeted it and later took it down.
— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Miami) December 12, 2017
That could be interpreted as Butler was unhappy with the game plan, but he ended all of that quickly when asked about it on Wednesday.
“Accidental, I didn’t even know it happened,” Butler said, via NBC Sports Boston. “Big misunderstanding, moving on from that.”
It has been an interesting ride with the Patriots for Butler since the offseason. Following a second-team All-Pro performance in 2016, the Patriots exercised their first-round tender on Butler, that will pay him at most $3.91 million.
There was a trade in the works to send him to the New Orleans Saints, but it never materialized. The two teams, however, did eventually work out a trade sending wide receiver Brandin Cooks to New England.
Also, Butler’s preseason and start to the regular season was not good. He even admitted that he wasn’t playing well.
He has been better lately and so has the Patriots’ defense. They will have to be in sync on Sunday to knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers.