Jake Butt

Jake Butt

Tight End #80
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 246 lb.
College:Michigan
Age:25
Born:July 11, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 5 (145)
Draft Team:DEN

Jake Butt: Healthy this offseason

Butt is ready for a full workout and practice plan this offseason, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: The 2017 fifth-round pick has suffered three ACL tears since 2014, and he missed the entire 2019 season after having "minor" knee surgery in late August. With only three regular-season NFL appearances to his name, Butt faces an uphill battle to earn a spot on the Broncos' 53-man roster.

May 30, 2020 10:27 AM EST

Jake Butt: No tread in 2019

Butt (knee) wasn't activated from IR in 2019.

Analysis: After tearing his ACL in September of 2018, Butt started the season on injured reserve. The Broncos never activated him despite completing rehab, as they later used their two IR activations on Tim Patrick (hand) and Drew Lock (thumb). Butt is under contract for the 2020 season, but he's not a lock to make the final roster because Noah Fant, Jeff Heurerman, Troy Fumagalli and Austin Fort (knee) will all be in the battle as well.

February 3, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Jake Butt: Expected to practice next week

Butt (knee) is set to begin practicing next week, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: 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.

October 18, 2019 1:17 PM EST

Jake Butt: Will start season on IR

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.

Analysis: A feel-good story throughout camp, Butt has dealt with numerous set backs during his recovery from a season-ending ACL tear, necessitating a recent scope. Butt should be recovered even before he's eligible to return after eight weeks, but its' fair to wonder -- with other young tight ends on the roster -- whether Denver would spend one of its two return designations on Butt, who has been healthy for just three games through two-plus seasons.

August 31, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Jake Butt: Expected to miss one month

Butt will miss approximately one month while on the mend from left knee surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Broncos are estimating that Butt will miss about a month, though that timeline could change after surgery. Either way, he'll remain out for at least the first four weeks of the regular season and likely longer.

August 29, 2019 9:19 PM EST

Jake Butt: Needs another knee surgery

Butt is scheduled for minor knee surgery after his latest setback, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Butt returned from his third ACL tear for Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, hauling in both of his targets for 17 yards. He apparently suffered a setback either during the game or Monday at practice, as he wasn't present Tuesday when coach Vic Fangio ruled the tight end out for Thursday's preseason finale versus Arizona. The 24-year-old now appears in danger of spending another season on injured reserve, though his latest surgery is considered minor.

August 28, 2019 8:31 AM EST

Jake Butt: Knee still an issue

Butt (knee) won't practice Tuesday and will also sit out Thursday night's preseason finale against the Cardinals, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Additionally, coach Vic Fangio hasn't ruled out the possibility of placing Butt on IR in conjunction with roster cut-downs later this week. The reason the move is being considered is that the tight end's knee continues to flare up at times, and the team may elect to shut down the 2017 fifth-rounder until the issue settles down.

August 27, 2019 12:32 PM EST

Jake Butt: Nabs two passes in preseason debut

Butt caught both of his targets for 17 total yards during Saturday's 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Recovering from his third ACL tear, Butt finally made his preseason debut on Saturday -- logging 11 offensive snaps and making two nice catches underneath. The Broncos are thin down the tight-end depth chart with Austin Fort and Bug Howard on injured reserve. Fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral) should also miss the first few games of the year. Provided he doesn't suffer another setback in his rehab, Butt has a decent shot at making the final roster as TE4.

August 25, 2019 8:15 PM EST

Jake Butt: Making progress

Butt is expected to fully participate in non-padded team drills during Wednesday's practice, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Butt is coming off an ACL tear that ended his 2018 season, the third such injury of his career. The 2017 fifth-round pick is competing for a depth role in Denver's tight end room.

August 21, 2019 8:51 AM EST

Jake Butt: Returns to practice

Butt (knee) returned to practice Sunday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Butt has been working his way back from a torn ACL that ended his 2018 season and it appears he's close to if not at full participation in practice. He's battling for a fringe roster spot as the team's No. 4 tight end.

August 11, 2019 8:18 AM EST

Jake Butt: Odds of making roster improve

Rookie Austin Fort, who was competing with Butt (knee) for a roster spot, is out for the season with a torn ACL, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Butt is working his way back from a torn ACL himself and was facing serious pressure from Fort for the TE4 job, with Fort turning plenty of heads in training camp. With Fort now out, and fullback Andy Janovich (pectoral) set to miss six to eight weeks, the odds are as high as ever that Denver carries four tight ends for at least the first few weeks of the season. Butt is still dealing with knee pain and so his health will need to improve for him to have any sort of shot, but after providing a reliable underneath target in his three games in 2018, he would seem to be the most logical option.

August 10, 2019 1:43 PM EST

Jake Butt: Feeling pressure to return

Butt (knee) said that his knee is sound following a torn ACL that ended his 2018 season, but that he knows he needs to prove himself on the practice field to make the team, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Long story short, the news is good for Butt. Though he was hoping to rehab in just six months, like he was able to following his first torn ACL, he's seeing improvement and his knee is structurally fine. That doesn't necessarily mean that he still finds a way on the final 53-man roster. Though Butt noted Denver's faith in him by keeping the Michigan product around, the front office did resign Jeff Heuerman and draft Noah Fant in the first round all while youngsters Troy Fumagalli and Austin Fort have put together nice off seasons. Butt was too reliable a target at the start of last season to dismiss now, but he certainly has his work cut out for him in the coming weeks.

August 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

Jake Butt: Stands at No. 4 on depth chart

Butt (knee) is listed as the Broncos' fourth tight end on the team's first official depth chart.

Analysis: The Broncos thought that they were getting a steal when they drafted Butt in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, but the Michigan product has played in just three games in two season as a result of a pair of torn ACLs. Now, he is squarely on the roster bubble. Veteran Jeff Heuerman and rookie Noah Fant are just about guaranteed spots on the roster and sophomore Troy Fumagalli earned first-team reps in the spring. It is certainly possible that Denver carries four tight ends this season, but it will be hard for Butt to earn such a spot as he continues to struggle with rehab as undrafted rookie Austin Fort draws impressive reviews with his receiving ability.

July 30, 2019 7:26 PM EST

Jake Butt: Still not practicing

Butt (knee) is not practicing Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Butt participated in some 7-on-7 drills during last week's practice, but has not taken the field since. The 2017 fifth-round pick is coming off the second ACL tear of his NFL career, so it's understandable that the Broncos are taking a cautious approach to his recovery. Butt is competing for a backup tight end role.

July 24, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Jake Butt: Injury isn't major concern

Butt's (knee) injury is not a major concern according to head coach Vic Fangio, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "I don't think it's major concern," Fangio said. "Kind of to be expected. Just didn't feel right for him."

Analysis: The Broncos are off Tuesday so the tight end's next opportunity to take the field will come Wednesday. Butt has had an injury-riddle beginning to his NFL career, suffering two torn ACLs in his first two seasons in the league. For that reason the Broncos are likely to exercise extreme caution with Butt this preseason.

July 22, 2019 9:33 PM EST

Jake Butt: Not practicing Sunday

Butt (knee) is not practicing Sunday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Butt participated in a few snaps of 7-on-7 work late last week. The team appears to be taking it slow with Butt as he works his way back from the third ACL tear in his career. He's competing for a backup tight end role with the Broncos and he'll look to get back on the field soon to avoid falling behind others at the position.

July 21, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Jake Butt: Returns to practice

Butt (knee) played 5-to-6 snaps of 7-on-7 during Thursday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Butt was finally able to return to practice and took part in some 7-on-7 work. "I have to shake off some rust," stated Butt. "It's been a while. It feels like I've been fighting an uphill battle overcoming this third ACL. It's going to take some time and that being said, it's still really early." Butt has logged just three NFL games since being selected in the 2017 Draft after tearing his ACL yet again in September of 2018.

July 18, 2019 8:14 PM EST

Jake Butt: Won't land on PUP list

Butt (knee) won't be placed on the physically unable to perform list this offseason, but will be eased into team activities, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Butt has played in just three games since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, largely due to tearing his ACL of the third time in five years. The team reported earlier that the tight end was likely to be cleared to participate in training camp when it opens Thursday, and this news confirms that notion. A slow transition back into the fold should be expected for the Michigan product, but the 23-year-old could be fighting for a roster spot after the team drafted Noah Fant 20th overall in April's draft.

July 16, 2019 4:28 PM EST

Jake Butt: Will participate in training camp

Butt (knee) will be cleared to participate in training camp, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Butt, who tore his ACL for the third time in the last five years, has played in just three games since being drafted in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A report surfaced at the end of March that Butt wouldn't be able to practice until sometime in August, so it's encouraging to see the team confident the injury-prone tight end can take part immediately. The Broncos are expected to slowly transition Butt back into the fold, but the 23-year-old could be fighting for a roster spot after the team re-signed Jeff Heuerman to a two-year deal during the offseason, and also selected Noah Fant with the 20th pick in draft.

June 22, 2019 9:27 AM EST

Jake Butt: Could be back for camp

Coach Vic Fangio said he's hopeful Butt (knee) will be available for training camp, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

Analysis: The beginning of training camp sounds optimistic given Butt's statement in late March that he was still about five months away from being able to practice. His timeline hints at a possible stint on the PUP list to begin the season, which shouldn't come as any surprise for a player recovering from his third ACL tear in a five-year span. The injury in September at least took place in his left knee, while the first two tears impacted his right. The Broncos don't seem to be counting on Butt for a major contribution in 2019, as they re-signed Jeff Heuerman to a two-year contract and drafted Noah Fant at No. 20 overall.

May 14, 2019 6:39 AM EST

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