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Donald Butler Sets Goals for 2014 Season

Posted Jul 25, 2014

Donald Butler outlined both his individual and team goals as training camp gets underway.

After signing a multi-year contract in February, 2013 team captain Donald Butler was eagerly looking forward to getting on the field for training camp. 

“It was good to get back out (and) be with the guys,” Butler said.  “It was good to see our key offseason pickups and our draft guys out here all healthy, including all of our linebackers.  It was a good day.”

Back in April, Butler noted there are “endless possibilities” for the linebacker corps and it’s clear he has nothing but respect and admiration for his teammates.

“It was great to see (Dwight) Freeney out there being prototypical Freeney, just blowing by all the (offensive) tackles, it makes my life easy,” he said.  “Double J (Jarret Johnson) out there doing his thing, holding the edge.  Then having 5-0 (Manti Te’o) there with me, us communicating and working together feels good.”

This good feeling is something Butler hopes can continue through the 2014 season.  Improving on third down and red zone defense are two team ambitions he has his sights set on along with his own personal goal.

“I need to play all 16 games.  That’s been my goal since I’ve been in the NFL and I’ve only accomplished it once so I definitely want to do that.”

The 6-1, 242-pound linebacker is a leader of the Chargers defense as he enters his fifth NFL season.  Butler called training camp a “learning process”, mentioning that he uses the practices to acquire something new each time he goes out on the field. 

One of Defensive Coordinator John Pagano’s main goals this offseason is to have the Chargers defense play more aggressively, something Butler believes he and his teammates can accomplish.

“I think because we have four linebackers on the field it starts with us.  If we can keep our guys healthy, I think game in and game out we can do that.”

 

 

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