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Jake Butt | Retired TE

Date of Birth:  07/11/1995
Age:  27
Height  6'5"
Weight:   246
College:  Michigan
Drafted:  2017 | Round 5 | Pick 145
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Jake Butt | Retired TE


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Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt has retired from the NFL.

Butt—who stared at Michigan and was a big-time prospect before knee issues—was unfortunately never able to regain form, and his professional career ends with ten receptions for 90 yards (all with the Broncos). Overall, he tore his ACL three times, and it’s admirable that Butt worked to stick around for as long as he could since Denver took a shot on him in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. We wish him the best of luck in his post-playing life.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

The Bears signed Jake Butt.

The former Broncos tight end has unfortunately dealt with knee issues throughout his career dating back to the end of his time at Michigan, but hopefully the former All-American can stay healthy and make an impact with Chicago.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

The Broncos placed Jake Butt on injured reserve.

This is tough news for Butt, who recently was said to have had a minor procedure on his knee. Butt has unfortunately dealt with three ACL tears dating back to Michigan, and we wish him the best of luck as he tries to get on the field and stay there.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt will undergo a minor procedure on his knee, according to NFL Network's James Palmer.

Butt's left knee—the one in which he recently tore his ACL—has been sore, so it sounds like he's getting a cleanup procedure. Unfortunately, this is just another setback for the promising tight end prospect, and Butt will have a difficult time reaching his potential if injuries continue impacting his availability. Noah Fant is the only Denver tight end worth considering in redraft leagues.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt (knee) is expected to be a full participant in today's practice.

Coming off his third ACL tear, this is Butt's first full practice of the year, so it's great to see him make another recovery. After the addition of first-round tight end Noah Fant in this year's draft, Butt is not expected to be a fantasy asset in 2019. But hopefully he can stay healthy and contribute for his team in real life.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt (knee) was held out of training camp practice today.

Coming off his third ACL tear, Butt is going to get normal rest days (like yesterday), but he sat out of practice today because he "didn't feel right," according to NFL Network's James Palmer. Hopefully it's just taking some time for Butt to get back into the swing of things after his third serious knee injury, but there's obvious cause for concern. Not at 100% and contending with a first-round rookie in Noah Fant, it'll likely be difficult for Butt to win a starting role in 2019.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt (knee) is expected to practice soon.

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio says that Butt will be eased back into practice as the team gets set to begin training camp. Butt tore his ACL last September and was expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but it's not a huge deal that he won't be full-go for the start. Expect Butt to get on the field soon and compete for a role in Denver's offense, but the former Michigan Wolverine is not really on the redraft radar right now.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Butt tore his ACL during practice late last September, so it's not surprising that the Broncos tight end is expected to be ready to go about ten months after the injury. The former Michigan Wolverine has suffered three torn ACLs in his life, so everyone should be rooting for him to stay healthy and to have a long and productive career. Butt told the Denver Post that he knows he'll have to climb his way up the depth chart in Denver, and the team's tight end situation with first-round rookie Noah Fant, Jeff Heuerman, and Butt will be one to watch this summer, especially with quarterback Joe Flacco's willingness to target the position.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt officially suffered a torn ACL, the team announced.

This is a very unfortunate situation for the second-year tight end, as the former two-time All-American has had both of his first two NFL seasons wiped out by injuries. Butt's season ends with eight receptions for 85 yards in three games. We wish him luck on his recovery and hope to see him back and better than ever in 2019. Jeff Heuerman will handle the majority of tight-end snaps for the Broncos moving forward, but he's not a highly-recommended fantasy option.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt is feared to have suffered a torn ACL, according to NFL Network.

Butt suffered a non-contact knee injury during a walk-through, and the team fears it's an ACL tear. This is really tough to hear, as the former Michigan tight end had his draft status take a major drop leading up to last year's draft because of a knee injury suffered in his college game; and now, it looks like he's torn the ACL in his other knee. Hopefully the injury isn't as bad as it's feared, but his season might be over after just three games.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt catches two passes in Week 3.

Butt gained eight yards on his two receptions. The second-year tight end is doing well as a blocker, but his role isn't big enough as a receiver to be a fantasy contributor at the moment.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt catches four passes against the Raiders.

Butt gained 48 yards on his four receptions (six targets) in the Week 2 victory. He’s not a highly-recommended fantasy option for Week 3 against the Ravens.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt catches two passes in Week 1.

Butt was targeted four times by Case Keenum, gaining 29 yards on his two receptions, including a long of 22 yards. It's good to see the second-year tight end healthy, but he's not a recommended fantasy option with the focus of Denver's passing game going through the wide receivers.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave says Jake Butt "is going to be a terrific asset for us."

During one period of red-zone work during yesterdays minicamp practice, Butt caught a couple of touchdowns from Case Keenum. Musgrave says "whether it's at the tight-end position or outside the numbers at the wide-receiver spot, he's got the body control to get open," so it sounds like the Broncos really like what they see from the second-year tight end after he was unable to play during his rookie season because of the knee injury suffered in his final college game at Michigan. Butt splitting out wide at receiver is probably a good sign for his potential overall use and fantasy value in 2018. He's not getting drafted in many fantasy leagues, but Butt is a particularly appealing option in two-tight end formats; and Butt should be rostered in all dynasty leagues.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Jake Butt (knee) is back to 100%.

After not playing at all during his rookie season and eventually getting placed on injured reserve in early November because of the knee injury suffered in his final game at Michigan, Butt is thankfully back to his normal self. New Broncos quarterback Case Keenum says that watching Butt on the field he "had not idea that it was even a knee issue. You can't even tell." It's really great to see Butt is 100% after the knee injury caused him to go from a potential early-round pick to a fifth-rounder, and he'll be competing for Denver's starting tight end job this season. If Butt stays healthy, he's probably the favorite to open the season as the top tight end for the Broncos, which could lead to some backend TE1 value in 2018.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Butt (knee) has been placed on the PUP list.

Like fellow rookie Chad Kelly, Butt could basically be looking at a redshirt season after tearing his ACL in the Orange Bowl last December. The Broncos drafted Butt in the fifth round, but he was considered an early-round prospect before tearing his ACL in his final game for Michigan. Even if he were to get healthy in 2017, it's unlikely the rookie will make a fantasy impact on a crowded tight end depth chart. Butt is someone to keep an eye on in Dynasty leagues, though.

Jake Butt | Retired TE

Steal? Broncos select Michigan tight end Jake Butt with the 145th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Unfortunately, Butt tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl last December, which drastically hurt his draft stock. Butt never put up big numbers at Michigan, but they spread the ball around and control the ball, which doesn't lead to huge numbers. John Elway tweeted that they Broncos were holding their breath and are happy to have Butt. He might not be able to start the season because of his torn ACL, but Butt should be a dependable player for the Broncos whenever he gets on the field.