A 'bargian' find, rookie Emmanuel Butler hoping for chance give Saints their money's worth


One day, this preseason, Emmanuel Butler found himself in the training room with Teddy Bridgewater.

The Saints quarterback greeted the rookie receiver, but with a name he wasn’t familiar with. 

“He was like ‘What’s good ebay?’” Butler recalled. “And I was like ‘ebay?’ And he said ‘We had to find you on the internet. You're too good to just not get drafted and come here as an undrafted free agent so we had to find you cheap on the internet at ebay.’” 

Butler laughed as he recalled the story and said he thinks the moniker will stick around. But the nickname isn't the only thing he’s hoping will.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver is hoping he’s earned a spot on the New Orleans Saints 53-man roster. He made his final bid for slot on the team with a strong performance in the Saints preseason finale, a 16-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Butler caught two passes in the matchup, one which gave the Saints a first down and the other a 12-yard touchdown reception from the quarterback who said the Saints got him at a “bargain price.”

“He’s a guy who has shown flashes all throughout training camp,” Bridgewater said. “We just had a 1-on-1 matchup. You talk about giving guys an opportunity to show that they can make plays in this league. That’s all that I wanted to do for him. I got a clear release, I just threw it to the spot and he made the catch.”

⚜️ Touchdown #Saints ⚜️ @teddyb_h2o finds the rookie Emmanuel Butler in the endzone for six! #MIAvsNo pic.twitter.com/GvT33k6Bs5

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 30, 2019

The grab was Butler’s first touchdown of the preseason and he said he was excited to find the end zone but he’s hoping to do it again in the regular season.

“It’s not really for me to decide,” he said. “It’s up to coach (Sean) Payton and the coaching staff to decide and when they are in the meeting and they are discussing who is on the 53 and the practice squad, I hope they’ll think of me.” 

The New Orleans Saints will have to trim their roster from 90 to 53 by Saturday’s  3 p.m. deadline. Payton said the 22-year receiver has made a really good impression on the coaching staff this preseason. 

“Obviously we have some tough decisions we are going to make here in the next few days,” Payton said. “Overall, (he was) good.” 

Butler said earlier in the week that he had bigger goals than just being on the team in the regular season, but his focus was on making the 53-man roster in order to pursue those goals.

"I gotta knock it down one at a time," he said.