Butt reeled in four of six targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 20-19 win over the Raiders. Facing second-and-10 with just over a minute remaining, Case Keenum dropped back and found Butt for a 14-yard gain, pushing the Broncos offense to midfield on their way to a comeback win. For the second consecutive week, Butt delivered a key reception during a game-winning scoring drive. He might be the team's No. 2 tight end, but he has over twice as many targets as starter Jeff Heuerman through two games.
Butt hauled in four of six targets for 48 yards Sunday in the Broncos' 20-19 win over the Raiders. Though he only played 26 of a possible 66 offensive snaps, Butt was a go-to option for quarterback Case Keenum whenever he was on the field, finishing tied for second on the team in targets. Jeff Heuerman started and out-snapped Butt for the second straight week, but he's filled mostly a blocking role for the Broncos thus far. Butt will need to eat further into Heuerman's snap count to improve his season-long outlook, but it's clear the 2017 fifth-round pick is the superior pass-catching threat of the two and thus offers more fantasy appeal.
Butt appeared in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears but was not targeted in the passing game. For someone who's known for his receiving prowess, Butt carries a concerning lack of involvement as a receiver through two preseason games. Then again, it's only the preseason, and no other Broncos tight end has made more of a name for himself through the air in practice this summer. Butt, who sat out the entire 2017 season recovering from a torn ACL, will look to record his first catch as a professional during Denver's third preseason game next Friday against the Redskins.
Butt suited up for Saturday's preseason opener against the Vikings but was not targeted in the passing game. Butt, the No. 2 tight end on the initial preseason depth chart, drew the start with Jeff Heuerman (knee) sitting this one out. However, Butt didn't see a single pass come his way before the Broncos' pulled their first-string offense from the game, making it hard for him to show why he should be considered Denver's top pass-catching tight end. His next chance to bolster his bid for the No. 1 role in live action will come next Saturday against the Bears.
Butt is making his case for a role as the Broncos' top pass-catching tight end, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports. A fifth-round pick last year, Butt took a redshirt on his rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl. He now finds himself in a wide-open competition for playing time at tight end, with Jeff Heuerman (knee) and Austin Traylor also getting regular practice reps with the first-string offense. Butt has the highest ceiling of the three as a pass catcher, but he'll have a hard time establishing fantasy value if he's part of a committee. He's been a full participant at training camp and says he isn't having any issues with his surgically repaired knee.
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