When the Saints signed outside linebacker Victor Butler on Thursday they both addressed the huge need for a pass-rushing force from the outside and continued the offseason trend of bringing in young talent on defense.
But that young talent has little NFL experience.
Butler, who played just 162 pass-rush snaps for the Dallas Cowboys last year, was stuck behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer on the depth chart. He still came up with three sacks, three quarterback hits and nine quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus (membership required).
Along with Junior Galette and Martez Wilson, Butler is expected to take part in an outside linebacker rotation that features three up-and-coming pass-rush specialists, as the Saints make the transition to a 3-4 defensive scheme.