Brice Butler continues to shine early on for the Dallas Cowboys.
Butler is off to a terrific start in training camp and delivered in Thursday’s Hall of Fame Game with a team-leading 78 receiving yards on two catches.
Butler had a 46-yard catch down the sideline against one-on-one coverage on the Cowboys’ touchdown drive in the first quarter, and then made a diving 32-yard catch on a third-and-nine early in the second quarter of what became a field goal drive.
But Butler wasn’t going to pat himself on the back afterward. This is Butler’s fifth preseason, and he understands the difference between the preseason and regular season.
“It’s just practice, you know what I’m saying?” Butler said.
Still, it was a solid performance for Butler, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the coaching staff.
“Brice certainly has the kind of ability to make those plays,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been more consistent throughout training camp. It was good to see him show up in this game.”
Butler appears to have a stranglehold on the Cowboys’ fifth receiver position. He is coming off a season in which he had 16 catches for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Butler re-signed with the Cowboys on a one-year, $1.1 million deal with $300,000 guaranteed, although there are challengers for his roster spot such as Andy Jones and rookie Noah Brown.
Jones and Brown have had solid camps in their own right, but not on the level of Butler, who doesn’t appear to be on the verge of losing his job anytime soon.
“The only thing I worry about is me,” Butler said. “I can’t focus on them. As soon as you start focusing on other people, you get lost.
“But they’re having great camps. I hope they keep balling.”