Butler signed with the Tampa Bay practice squad Sunday, after being released by the Ravens at final cuts Saturday, The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Butler actually served as Baltimore's No. 2 wide receiver for much of last year, but the team added Mike Wallace and fourth-round rookie Chris Moore in the offseason. With Breshad Perriman (knee) and Steve Smith (Achilles) back at practice and return specialist Devin Hester occupying a roster spot, there wasn't any room for the Ravens to keep Butler. The 2014 UDFA could quickly push for a spot on Tampa's active roster, as the Bucs don't have much proven talent at wideout behind the starting duo of Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.
Butler caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts.
After starting wideouts Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken were pulled from the game, Butler and Chris Moore took over and promptly put on a show, combining for seven catches on the second-team offense's first drive, capped off by Butler's 12-yard touchdown. A 2014 UDFA, Butler served as the No. 2 wideout in an injury-ravaged offense late last season, catching 31 passes for 363 yards on 43 targets (8.4 YPT) over the final eight weeks. The efficient showing put him in good position to win a roster spot this season, but the Ravens did add considerable depth at wideout. Undeterred, Butler has nine receptions through two preseason games, and he's starting to look like a lock for the final roster. With Steve Smith (Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (knee) both in limbo, Butler even has a shot at the No. 3 wideout role, though Moore and Michael Campanaro are also in the mix.
A 2014 UDFA, Butler opened his 2015 season buried on the Baltimore depth chart, but injuries eventually allowed him to work as the No. 2 receiver. He caught three or more passes in each of the final seven games, posting a 30-342-0 receiving line (on 42 targets) during that stretch. Although he probably did enough to lock down a roster spot for 2016, Butler will presumably drift back toward the bottom of the depth chart unless the
Butler, a 2014 UDFA, emerged as Baltimore's No. 2 wide receiver by the end of the season, catching three or more passes in each of the team's last seven games. He needed a few injuries ahead of him to get the opportunity, but even without any touchdown catches, he posted impressive efficiency numbers for a guy playing with replacement-level quarterbacks. The
Jeremy Butler caught three passes for 38 yards on six targets in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Steelers.
As evidenced by his 66 snaps (out of a possible 75) in Sunday's game, Butler has emerged from the Baltimore Ravens ' committee alongside Kamar Aiken at wide receiver. Chris Givens and Chris Matthews also played key roles in Sunday's victory, but it's Butler who has averaged 5.8 targets over the last six games, with at least four targets and three catches in each contest. He figures to see a similar workload in Week 17 against the Bengals, and he's even made a strong case to stay heavily involved next year.
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