Jake Butt
Jake Butt
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Denver Broncos
Questionable
Injury Knee
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $2.7 million contract with the Broncos in May of 2017.
Still far away from practice
TEDenver Broncos
Knee
March 25, 2019
Butt (knee) said he is about five months away from being able to practice, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Rehabbing from his third ACL tear, Butt apparently isn't on track for the start of training camp but could be ready at some point during the first half of the 2019 season. He's pleased with his progress since suffering the latest injury in late September, and there's no question the Broncos could use some help at tight end after losing Matt LaCosse to the Patriots. The team did re-sign Jeff Heuerman, who served as the starter in 2018 until a bruised lung and broken ribs forced him to injured reserve in late November. It won't come as any surprise if Denver supplements the position with an early draft pick.
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How do Jake Butt's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats 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. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
29.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.90
 
% Team Air Yards
2.1%
 
% Team Targets
2.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.8
 
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How often does Jake Butt run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Jake Butt
54 routes   13 targets
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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.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.00 in
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Progressing in rehab
TEDenver Broncos
Knee
January 14, 2019
Butt (knee) is aiming to return to the field in time for OTAs this spring, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports. "I'll be here all offseason rehabbing and at the very least I'll be fully healthy for [training] camp," Butt said. "I'm progressing and I have goals. I want to at least be doing something during OTAs. I feel really good."
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Ends second season on IR
TEDenver Broncos
Knee
January 6, 2019
Butt caught eight of 12 targets for 85 yards in 2018.
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Placed on IR
TEDenver Broncos
Knee
September 29, 2018
Butt (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
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ACL tear confirmed
TEDenver Broncos
Knee
September 27, 2018
An MRI has confirmed that Butt will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn left ACL, NFL.com reports.
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May have torn ACL
TEDenver Broncos
Knee - ACL
September 27, 2018
The Broncos fear that Butt (knee) suffered a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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