3 reasons Hakeem Butler could breakout for Philadelphia Eagles this week

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2. Hakeem Butler fits the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense

Philadelphia uses their tight ends in unique ways which could benefit Butler. For one, they run a lot of 12-personnel sets (one running back, two tight ends, and two wide receivers). Butler excels in run blocking as expected with a man that’s his size. They could have him start blocking and then release into a tight end screen or into the flat.

If he gets open space to run, it’s going to take multiple guys to take him down. He’s a monster after the catch, and he has a stiff arm that is eerily similar to that of Derrick Henry.

Philly also doesn’t mind putting their tight ends outside at the boundary as the ‘X’ or primary receiver in certain formations. Butler evidently excels at the ‘X’ spot and will win most battles for the ball in 50-50 throws.

Last week, Wentz threw an interception on a throw which should’ve been on Zach Ertz’s back shoulder. If Wentz gets that opportunity again, he’s probably going to hit that throw. If he doesn’t but Butler is in that situation, he might have a chance to bail Wentz out with his large catch radius and athleticism.