Butt says he hasn't had any issues with his surgically repaired right knee since last season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Butt tore the ACL in his right knee twice while he was at the University of Michigan, with the second incident occurring in the Orange Bowl at the end of his senior season. Previously viewed as a likely second- or third-round pick, Butt fell to the fifth round (No. 145 overall) of last year's draft, ultimately landing with a team that had a clear need at his position. He began practicing in mid-October and initially was targeting a late-season debut, but the Broncos placed him on injured reserve in early November when he experienced renewed soreness in his knee. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph expects Butt to be a full participant in the offseason program, where the tight end will have his first chance to make a good impression as he looks to eventually beat out Jeff Heuerman and Austin Traylor for the starting gig. Of course, it won't come as any surprise if the Broncos select a tight end in the early or middle rounds of the upcoming draft, potentially complicating the situation.
Butt is seemingly ready to roll health-wise after redshirting his rookie season due to a torn ACL he suffered during his final collegiate game in January of 2017. With the recent release of Virgil Green, he currently sits No. 2 on the depth chart under Jeff Heuerman. However, Butt is the more prolific receiver between the two and should have plenty of opportunities to carve himself a role in the Broncos' offense this offseason. With that said, Denver is still expected to be in the market for explosive pass catchers and it isn't out of the question for the team to add other big-bodied weapons to its receiving corps via the draft or otherwise.
Head coach Vance Joseph said Butt (knee) should be "full go" for OTAs, Zac Stevens of BSN Denver reports.
Butt wound up spending his entire rookie season on the Broncos' non-football injury list after tearing his ACL in January 2017 during his final game at the University of Michigan. Once regarded as a possible early-round draft choice, the 2017 fifth-rounder has the potential to become a fantasy asset in 2018, particularly if Denver doesn't add another receiving specialist to its tight end group.
Butt opened the season on the Broncos' Non-Football Injury list while still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in January during Michigan's bowl game. The tight end was recently cleared to practice with the Broncos, but after experiencing recurring soreness in the knee, the organization decided it was best to hold him out for the entire 2017 campaign. Given the severity of Butt's injury, the Broncos were never expecting him to contribute much as a rookie, but with another offseason to heal up, he could be ready to challenge for a meaningful role in the pass game in 2018.
Butt (knee) is still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired knee, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
Butt has been dealing with the issue since resuming practice in mid-October and doesn't seem all that close to being 100 percent. The Broncos have until Monday to activate the rookie tight end or he will remain on the Non-Football Injury list for the remainder of the season. The team apparently still hopes the 22-year-old can contribute this season, but it seems unlikely he'll be a major contributor with the lingering knee soreness, even if he is activated.