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Bruce Arians: Drew Butler won the punting job 'easily'

Fans hope he is more consistent.

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When the Arizona Cardinals announced their first cuts, one of the big surprises was how punter Dave Zastudil was among them. That meant Drew Butler, who punted all last season while Zastudil was injured, won the job. That makes some fans a little worried, but it doesn't worry head coach Bruce Arians.

When Arians addressed the media on Monday, he made it clear Butler won the job.

"I think he won the battle easily on a daily basis," he explained.

Fans recall the playoff game in Carolina when Butler really struggled. Arians said that game was the exception.

"He had a heck of a year other than the playoff game," he explained. "The playoff game he struggled getting out of a funk, but he's hit it really solid the whole time."

He averaged 42.1 yards per punt last season and had 34 punts downed inside the 20. His net punting average was 36.8 and he had two punts blocked last season.

Are fans ready to see Butler as the punter instead of the replacement punter? That time has come.