Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler said Tuesday that he put last year behind him.
“It’s a new year, a new season and a new me. I’m ready to play,” said Butler, who had his share of struggles after signing a five-year, $61 million contract as a free agent from the New England Patriots in 2018.
Butler said he is more relaxed in year two as a Titan.
“I’m very relaxed. It’s not my first rodeo now,” he said. “I’m relaxed. I know my teammates, I know my coaches and my playbook. I know Nashville and I know hot chicken, so I’m very acquainted.”
Butler said in midseason last year that he “forgot everything (that had gone wrong). I just put everything behind me and just played hard, ignored the noise. It’s always good to have coaches and teammates that have your back when things are not going well. That had a lot to do with it too. I have to credit my teammates and coaches for having my back during those tough times too.”
Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he never felt that Butler lost confidence last year, but just had to correct his technique.
“I don’t think that he lacked any confidence last year. You’ve just got to stare at your man when you’re playing match coverage. I can’t tell him anything other than that,” Vrabel said.
In and out
Running back David Fluellen left practice early on Tuesday and was limping as he walked in gingerly to the trainers room.
Others who did not practice included running back Derrick Henry, guard Nate Davis, defensive lineman Frank Herron, outside linebackers Derick Roberson and D’Andre Walker. Others like receiver Corey Davis and outside linebacker Cameron Wake were limited to individual work Tuesday.
Receiver A.J. Brown was a spectator at practice for the second straight day as he continues to try to come back from a leg injury sustained on the first day of camp. Brown has been running early in practice and watching drills the past two day.