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Tough day for Butler

Posted by Adam Kilgore, Globe Staff  December 6, 2009 08:09 PM

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Chad Henne threw the ball 52 times today, and four of those passes stood out most:

1. His longest pass came in the second quarter, when he found Greg Camarillo deep down the left sideline for 29 yards.

2. His first touchdown came later that drive, a slant to Davone Bess, who broke a tackle.

3. He hit Brian Hartline in the back of the end zone for his second touchdown.

4. On fourth and 6 from the 41, on the game-winning drive, Henne scanned the field and hit Camarillo on a 13-yard comeback.

On No.'s 1, 2, and 4, cornerback Darius Butler was prominently involved, and not in a good way.

For Butler, yesterday could have been a great day. He did not know he was starting at cornerback for the first time in his rookie season until Bill Belichick called his name before kickoff. He replaced Jonathan Wilhite, who struggled last week against the Saints.

But Butler will likely remember yesterday as a learning experience at best. The Dolphins targeted Butler often and typically with success.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Butler said. “Henne made some good throws. His receivers ran some good routes, made some good catches. Obviously, I’ve got to get better and improve on my technique and my game all around.”

Henne, intentionally or not, threw at Butler all game. On the Dolphins’ first touchdown drive, Butler yielded four catches that combined for 62 of the 88 yards the drive covered. That included the 13-yard slant Bess caught for a touchdown, on which Butler gave up the catch and missed a tackle.

“They took their shots at me,” said Butler, a second-round draft pick from the University of Connecticut. “I’m a young guy, so I expect that, week in and week out. They hit some on me. Like I said, I’ve got to get better. Every game is a learning experience.”

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