Cardinals WR Brice Butler on the strangest part of playing ex-Cowboys teammates


ARLINGTON – Eleven months ago, the Cardinals were hosting the Cowboys, Jerry Jones was kneeling pre-game with his team in unity and Brice Butler was catching two balls for 90 yards and a touchdown against his now teammates.

Sunday, all Cowboys toes were on the line, Dallas was hosting Arizona, and Butler returned to AT&T Stadium to a new vantage point: the opponents’ bench.

“You know what was strange? Being on the sideline we were on, looking at everything,” said Butler, whom the Cowboys let walk in free agency this offseason. “I’m not used to seeing the stadium from this side.”

Butler signed a two-year, $2.6 million deal with the Cardinals in April after playing for the Cowboys from 2015-17.

He said facing ex-teammates like cornerback Jourdan Lewis, whom Butler caught a 13-yard pass against, was fun.

Butler caught two balls for 17 yards in Arizona’s 27-3 preseason win, less than a year after his highlight game at Arizona, statistically the best of his Cowboys career.

Since that game, the Cowboys offense has lost receiving threats Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Butler. Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, who pushed Bryant into the end zone that win, is out indefinitely with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

“It’s a revolving door in football,” Butler said Sunday night. “It was time for those guys to make their changes and they made it.”

Butler said he hopes the best for Bryant, who hasn’t signed with a team since his release in April.

“Whatever [Dez] decides to do,” Butler said, “I hope whatever he does, he does it 100 percent.”

Butler wished Dallas the best this season as well, and lauded the defensive line now featuring Randy Gregory opposite DeMarcus Lawrence on the edges. Gregory sacked Sam Bradford on Arizona’s first drive of the night.

“They’ve got speed on the edge, they’ve got DeMarcus, you got Tyrone, my dog Antwaun Woods we went to college together, Randy Gregory back which is good to see him, Taco, I mean you got guys,” Butler said. “Call the dogs off, you know what I’m saying.

“You throw whoever in there and they can get to the quarterback.”

Twitter: @JoriEpstein

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