New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brought outside linebacker Victor Butler to the New Orleans Saints from the Dallas Cowboys with the hope that Butler could emerge as the team's best pass rusher. Those hopes were dashed on Tuesday.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Butler tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Tuesday's organized team activities after a collision with running back Mark Ingram. Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune first reported the news. It's a brutal blow for a player that we thought could break out in 2013. It's also devastating for the Saints, who badly needed the pass rush help.
Butler was one of the four players competing to be Ryan's "Jack" linebacker in 2013. That's essentially the glamour position in a 3-4 defense, the position that gets the most opportunities to record big sack totals. We thought Butler was the favorite for the role because of the explosive skills he showed when given the chance with the Cowboys.
Martez Wilson, Junior Gallette and Will Smith remain as candidates to play the "Jack" position this year. This all but ensures all three men will be on the roster this season.