Butt has impressed thus far at camp, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports. Butt was a stud at Michigan, but knee injuries have limited him to just three games in three seasons in Denver. Quality practice reps aside, Butt has a steep climb to make the final roster. Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam represent the future of the position in Denver while Andrew Beck offers fullback versatility. Assuming that the Broncos carry just four tight ends, Butt will have to beat out Troy Fumagalli and Nick. Vannett, the latter of whom would be cost-prohibitive to cut.
Butt is ready for a full workout and practice plan this offseason, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. 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.
Butt (knee) wasn't activated from IR in 2019. 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.
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.
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. A feel-good story throughout camp, Butt has dealt with numerous setbacks 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 it's 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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|4||10/01||@New York Jets||22||10.00|
|5||10/11||@New England Patriots||3||1.00|
|7||10/25||Kansas City Chiefs||23||10.00|
|10||11/15||@Las Vegas Raiders||14||6.00|
|11||11/22||Los Angeles Chargers||21||10.00|
|12||11/29||New Orleans Saints||30||15.00|
|13||12/06||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||10.00|
|16||12/27||@Los Angeles Chargers||21||10.00|
|17||01/03||Las Vegas Raiders||14||6.00|
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|3 Year Avg||6||4||42||0||2||10.50||4|