Cowboys' Butler and Williams are shining early

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Cowboys focused mostly on special teams during their '09 draft, but it looks like a few players may be ready to contribute in other areas. Tim MacMahon of DallasNews.com has kept a close eye on Texas Tech product Brandon Williams and another linebacker named Victor Butler. As you might recall, I was very impressed with Butler's work during my three days in the Alamo City. Here's what linebackers coach Reggie Herring had to say about the two players:

"Victor Butler and Brandon Williams are what we consider doing things right now that give us hope that they have a chance to help us this year," Herring said. "They're showing some pass-rush skills -- things that are instinctive. They're explosive off the ball, quick get-off. Every day they're understanding the tempo and the speed of the game, learning how to use their fundamentals and their hands. They're showing some improvement every practice that gives you a feeling or hope that they will help us this year -- somehow, some way, at least special teams and definitely pass rush."