Rookie receiver Emmanuel Butler eager to contribute after missing New Orleans Saints preseason opener

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Emmanuel Butler did this to himself.

For a handful of days in training camp for the New Orleans Saints – the first handful, when fresh storylines are sought and new players making standout plays can get romanticized to the point of mythical – the undrafted rookie receiver caught every pass within reach, several of them in spectacular fashion.

That’s where the interest blossomed, to a barely controllable volume. Thus, there was an understandably high level of disappointment when Butler got injured, then missed practices, then missed the preseason opener against Minnesota in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Friday night.

Now, he’s back. And while the height of the anticipation may have dipped just a bit, there still remains a significant level of interest in seeing if Butler can transition his practice field production – and he didn’t look like he’d missed a beat during Sunday’s practice at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center – to a preseason game. ...

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