Tom Brady is a quarterback, not a wide receiver. Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins made sure to remind him of that at Super Bowl 52.
Brady found himself wide open after handing the ball off to James White on third-and-5 and sneaking past a disinterested Philadelphia defense. He broke into the flat behind former teammate Chris Long while White pitched the ball to Danny Amendola, then stretched out to reel in a high pass that looked like a game-breaking gain for the Patriots.
The Eagles got to roast Brady on the other side of the ball 12 minutes later. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, quarterback Nick Foles dialed up a play that pushed him to the line of scrimmage as a receiver. Much like Brady had before, he slipped past the Patriot defense unnoticed. Unlike Brady, he caught his on-target pass from Trey Burton — giving the Eagles a 22-12 lead at halftime and making the most of a 70-yard, clock-draining drive.
“Although I wish I could have contributed more to help my team win, I have to get ready for the next opportunity,” Butler wrote. “Moving forward I will do what I have always done to work hard, and prepare for next season to be the best that I can be on and off the field.”
Butler had been demoted in practice leading up to the game, according to Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com. Johnson Bademosi, who started in just three games for the Patriots during the 2017 season, got more playing time than Butler after Butler played 98 percent of the team’s defensive snaps this season.
Despite his statement, it’s still a weird situation. We don’t know much about what went on, and Butler’s statement is more about appreciation and being peaceful than revealing anything.