Deon Butler caught 15 passes last season, not quite the return Seattle was hoping for when it traded up in the draft order to acquire him -- giving up a 2010 third-round pick.
And with the regime change in Seattle, there was some question where he fit in the future. After all, he's a 5-foot-10 receiver with straightaway speed. It didn't help that when coach Pete Carroll was asked about Butler over the course of the three-day draft, his answer indicated he thought the question was about Deion Branch.
Well, Carroll cleared that up. Toward the end of the offseason workouts, Carroll said Butler made more progress than any receiver, and on Monday he showed that. Butler beat the defense over the top twice during the 11-on-11 team portion of the evening practice, catching what would have been touchdown passes from Matt Hasselbeck on both occasions.
If Branch cam remain healthy, he could be a great #3 WR in larger fantasy leagues.