The story of Hakeem Butler was told last season.
There was rumor after Butler went on injured reserve last offseason that it saved him and the Arizona Cardinals the embarrassment of cutting a fourth round pick out of training camp for the second time in five seasons.
Well, Butler wasn’t Dorian Johnson, but he also was never able to crack the wide receiver rotation with the Cardinals.
For that reason, the team has decided to release the 2019 fourth round pick out of Iowa State.
Butler was a favorite of the metrics crew of NFL Draft analyst. He never produced what his testing numbers or physical ability showed, but he had tantalizing, raw ability.
It was just not enough in a league where everyone is basically an athletic freak, so the refinement of route running and the ability to win one-on-one is key.
Butler could be an intriguing guy to bring back to the practice squad, but he’ll have to clear waivers as a player in only his second season.
Good luck to Hakeem.