Jake Butt
Jake Butt
24-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Denver Broncos
Injury Knee
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries have limited Butt to just eight catches over three games during his first two seasons in Denver. He'll return to a Broncos squad with both a new offensive coordinator and new starting quarterback with experience in accentuating the play of their tight ends. Adversely, the Broncos drafted Noah Fant in the first round and resigned Jeff Heuerman - albeit for little in the way of guarantees. Butt then suffered another setback with his knee issues in August, likely ruling him out for Week 1. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.7 million contract with the Broncos in May of 2017.
Expected to practice next week
TEDenver Broncos
October 18, 2019
Butt (knee) is set to begin practicing next week, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Butt should be fully recovered from his ACL injury by the time he's eligible to retake the field Week 9. However, the Broncos can only designate two of Butt, Drew Lock (thumb), Theo Riddick (shoulder) and Tim Patrick (hand) to be activated from IR. With a plethora of young tight ends already on the roster, including rookie first-round pick Noah Fant, it remains to be seen whether Butt will be one of the two players selected to return by Denver.
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How often does Jake Butt run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Jake Butt and the other tight ends for the Broncos are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
16 routes   1 target
147 routes   24 targets
71 routes   10 targets
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jake Butt's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 6"
250 lbs
Hand Length
10.00 in
Arm Length
32.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The 2016 Mackey Award winner, given to the nation's top tight end, Butt missed all of his rookie season after tearing his ACL in the Orange Bowl. The injury caused him to fall to the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft to Denver, which treated the campaign as a redshirt year for the former Michigan Wolverine. The tight end room is arguably the least experienced in Denver, with top returnees including former third-rounder Jeff Heuerman and undrafted Austin Traylor, who have 26 career receptions between them. Butt has even to less to show for his young career, but with no other clear answer on the roster, he should compete for the starting job if his injury rehab continues to go smoothly.
Butt would have been selected by the end of the second round had he not tore his ACL against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, according to Broncos' GM John Elway. Instead, Butt slid to the first pick of the fifth round and the Broncos hope that his rookie-contract loss is their gain. The recipient of the 2016 Mackey Award given to the nation's best tight end, Butt is not one of the new-wave tight ends coming out of many college programs that serves primarily as a big slot receiver. He caught just 97 passes for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns over the past two seasons in Michigan's run-heavy offense. Butt's strength comes in completeness as a player, with Elway describing him as a classic in-line tight end. Butt is likely to start off slow this season as he recovers from knee surgery, but neither last year's starter Virgil Green nor 2015 third-round pick Jeff Heuerman has done much at the position in recent seasons. If Butt makes a full recovery, he could be challenging for the starting job as soon as mid-season.
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Will start season on IR
TEDenver Broncos
August 31, 2019
General manager John Elway told reporters Saturday that Butt (knee) will be placed on injured reserve to start the season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to miss one month
TEDenver Broncos
August 29, 2019
Butt will miss approximately one month while on the mend from left knee surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Needs another knee surgery
TEDenver Broncos
August 28, 2019
Butt is scheduled for minor surgery on his left knee following his most recent setback, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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Knee still an issue
TEDenver Broncos
August 27, 2019
Butt (knee) won't practice Tuesday and will sit out Thursday night's preseason finale against the Cardinals, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
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Nabs two passes in preseason debut
TEDenver Broncos
August 25, 2019
Butt caught both of his targets for 17 yards during Saturday's 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams.
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