TE Jake Butt - Denver Broncos

6-5, 246Born: 7-11-1995College: MichiganDrafted: Round 5, pick 145 (2017)

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Jake Butt has a ton of talent but he has struggled to stay healthy as a pro. A knee injury (the third one of his football career) ended his 2018 season after he missed his rookie season in 2017 recovering from an ACL injury suffered in the final game of his college career. Butt did flash last year before the injury. He's your classic 'Y' tight end, an all-purpose player who can thrive as a blocker or receiving threat. He could be at the top of the depth chart for the Broncos if he could just stay healthy. The team has made plans without him at that top spot as they selected Iowa TE Noah Fant in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. Fant should be the top pass-catching tight end with holdover Jeff Heuerman working as the primary blocker at the position. That leaves Butt as the no.3 tight end for the Broncos in what should be a very limited role. (May 6)

FBG Staff Rankings

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Stats and Projections

2018 DEN 3 8 85 0
2019 PROJ-Dodds 14.9 12.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 12.0 10.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 7.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 14.8 * *

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Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

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Latest News

Broncos | Jake Butt limited Thursday (Thu Jul 18, 08:00 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) was limited to seven-on-seven drills during practice Thursday, July 18.

Our View: Butt is facing an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster. He is coming back from the third knee injury of his football career dating back to his days in high school. Butt has talent as a 'Y' tight end but he's only appeared in a few games over the last two years and missed all of his rookie season in 2017. If healthy, Butt could make the Broncos roster as a No. 4 tight end...if they choose to carry four at the position.
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Broncos | Jake Butt to be limited early (Wed Jul 17, 02:07 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) will be eased back into practice during the early portion of training camp, according to head coach Vic Fangio.

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Broncos | Denver to take it easy with Jake Butt (Tue Jul 16, 10:37 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) was limited to individual drills for most of the offseason as he continued to recover from surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament. He believes he will do more 'team things' at start of camp while the team slowly works his reps back to where they were, according to Aric DiLalla of the team's website.

Our View: That's the best plan for Butt. He's had three major knee injuries during his football career, and the Broncos want to make sure they don't rush him back. Butt looked good for a limited time last year before getting hurt. He will work as a reserve tight end behind rookie first-round pick Noah Fant and veteran blocker Jeff Heuerman.
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Broncos | Troy Fumagalli could surprise (Fri Jul 12, 02:00 AM) - Denver Broncos TE Troy Fumagalli is someone to keep an eye on in camp, in the opinion of The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala, who also lists him as a possible surprise contributor at a highly competitive tight end position where he and TE Jake Butt might be vying for one roster spot.

Our View: Fumagalli missed his rookie season in 2018 due to a sports hernia. He has vacuum hands and can create mismatches as a receiver. Don't ask him to block, but Fumagalli has talent as a pass catcher. He looked good in minicamp and OTAs during the spring and is competing for a spot in the jam-packed Broncos tight end corps.
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Broncos | Jake Butt may be limited early (Thu Jul 11, 06:54 PM) - Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) likely will be able to participated in some team drills at the start of training camp.

Our View: Butt has been limited this offseason. He's coming back from the third knee injury of his football career. Butt has looked good in limited action this offseason but clearly is an injury risk. If healthy, he should be in the mix behind Jeff Heuerman and rookie Noah Fant.
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