Big-play Butler helping Colts

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 20, 2013 at 2:26 am •  Published: December 20, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Butler is showing the Indianapolis Colts what he is capable of on the field.

The cornerback leads the team in interceptions and is tied for seventh in the league with four this season.

In all, he has eight interceptions and has returned three for scores since joining the Colts as a free agent last year.

Now in his fifth season in the league, Butler is starting to find his way.

"The interceptions that he's had over the last two years have been outstanding," Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. "We're trying to get everybody to get those interceptions, but for some reason he's got a knack for it, he feels it, he has great hands, great vision and he does a great job of staying square and covering guys."

Butler played a big role in helping the Colts (9-5) pull away in a 25-3 win over Houston last week. He had two interceptions, setting up two field goals by Adam Vinatieri and helping the Colts take a 20-3 lead before halftime.

"Anytime that you can get a couple turnovers as a team is awesome," Vinatieri said. "But when you do it as an individual player, I mean, he was real close to getting a third one. He's that kind of guy. He finds the ball."

Butler almost picked off Case Keenum on Houston's second play at the start of the second half. On the Houston 23-yard line, it would have been a clear shot to the end zone.

"It would have been the trifecta, hat trick, if you will," coach Chuck Pagano said. "Great instincts. Nose for the football. Johnny-on-the-spot type of guy."

Indianapolis led by more than two scores by that point and cruised to a win. Still, Butler wanted that interception.

"No excuse for dropping that one," he said. "I got a good break on it. Should have been a pick-6, really, but I guess I kind of took my eyes off it, like you said. I pictured the end zone and didn't concentrate and bring it in."

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