Percy Butler - Commanders S
Percy Butler became a huge part of the Washington Commanders' defense this season. An unfortunate injury to starting safety Darrick Forrest played a significant part in this surge in reps. It was a solid if not spectacular contribution overall, but the jury is still as to whether or not he'll have a similar role under new head coach Dan Quinn.
Butler looked like an impactful player close to the line of scrimmage. His instincts allowed him to be around the football consistently. The defensive back missed 12.3 percent of his tackles, but this was easily the most encouraging aspect of his sophomore production.
In coverage, it was a different story. Butler looked like a rabbit in the headlights more often than not. He conceded a dismal 136.7 passer rating when targeted. He looked outmatched against slot receivers and didn't have the functional strength to keep tight ends from getting off their routes.
The Commanders have a big decision to make with Kamren Curl's contract this offseason. Forrest is expected to make a full recovery, which could also impact Butler's influence in Year 3 of his professional career. Quinn knows a good playmaker on the backend when he sees one, so the former Louisiana standout has a lot of hard work ahead to convince his head coach worthy of such a distinction.
Butler will make the 53-man roster, that's not up for debate. However, the 2022 fourth-round selection will no doubt be aiming a little higher and must prove himself worthy to Quinn throughout the offseason.