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ALAMEDA -- Brice Butler was targeted only once during Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The play certainly stands out, because he hauled in a 55-yard catch that led to the Raiders’ only touchdown.
Quarterback Derek Carr didn’t have many chances to go back to the well. Butler played just 11 snaps, and four were rushing plays.
He was part of 16 pass plays (just 25 snaps overall) a week earlier against San Diego and had three receptions for 64 yards, a total that included a 47-yard touchdown catch.
That’s pretty decent production without much opportunity. It didn't go unnoticed by next week's opponent.
“Brice Butler jumps off the tape,” Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I know he doesn’t get a ton of touches, but when he does, he’s a major threat.”
Pettine offered that observation unprompted. He sees what many do, that Butler has improved over his rookie season and can be a dynamic member of this offense when included.
The Raiders are trying to find a productive receiver to pair with veteran James Jones, and Andre Holmes is the primary option with Rod Streater injured. The Raiders gave speedy new addition Kenbrell Thompkins 30 snaps on Sunday, without a yard to show for it. The Raiders like Thompkins’ potential, but concede Butler could get additional time.
“To get him more involved offensively, we probably have to look at where some of the other plays are,” Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano said. “We tried to get Kenbrell involved, so his play count was up a little bit higher. We probably have to spread that out a little bit more within that group.”