Jake Butt is working his way back from last year's torn ACL, and he's hopeful to be the No. 2 tight end in Denver this season behind rookie Noah Fant. His main competition will come from Jeff Heuerman and Troy Fumagalli to play behind Fant, but even if Butt is No. 2 on the depth chart, he has minimal Fantasy value in most leagues. Ignore Butt in all leagues on Draft Day.
Butt (knee) played 5-to-6 snaps of 7-on-7 during Thursday's practice, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. 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.
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. 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 for 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.
Butt (knee) will be cleared to participate in training camp, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. 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.
Coach Vic Fangio said he's hopeful Butt (knee) will be available for training camp, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports. 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.
Butt (knee) said he is about five months away from being able to practice, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post reports. 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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