Jake Butt

Jake Butt

Height: 6' 6"Weight: 250 lbsAge: 22College: MichiganDrafted: #145 (5th Rd.)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
12th easiest for TEs
Draft Rank (ECR) #383
Best / Worst #237 / #366


Jake Butt to play in 2017?

Denver Broncos beat writer Jeff Legwold is reporting tight end Jake Butt (knee) will "almost certainly" open training camp on the PUP list.

Fantasy Impact

Butt, who is recovering from a severe knee injury suffered in college, will likely open training camp on the PUP list. However, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told the media the fifth round pick in April's draft, who would have had a first round draft grade according to most experts if it wasn't for his ailing knee, "likely would play sometime" during the 2017 regular season. From a fantasy football perspective, the Broncos have a gaping hole at tight end since Julius Thomas left the team in 2015. I fully expect Butt to compete for the starting job upon his eventual return. Currently, he is a late round target in fantasy's Dynasty league formats.

Jake Butt a potential impact player for Broncos

ESPN cited Broncos tight end Jake Butt as a rookie that could have a surprising impact on the division in a recent AFC West Q&A.

Fantasy Impact

Although Butt will start the season on the PUP list, he could be a sneaky add for TE streamers in the middle of the season. He was highly productive in college with 97 catches for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns the past two seasons for Michigan. Once healthy, Butt has little competition from Denver's current TE group for catches with Virgil Green, A.J. Derby, and Jeff Heuerman only combining for 47 receptions last season.

Justin Mackey3 weeks ago
Carlos Henderson signs four-year rookie deal with Broncos

With the signing of Henderson, Denver's third-round selection out of Louisiana Tech, the Broncos have now signed all of their rookies taken in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact

Denver drafted Henderson in the third round in hopes to fill the third receiver slot between playmakers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Whether he starts from day one of the 2018 regular season or not, expect to see Henderson involved on special teams as a kick returner. But with Thomas and Sanders getting the majority of the targets and the uncertainty at the quarterback position, Henderson is nothing more than a late round flyer pick in all formats.

Brian Piazzi8 weeks ago
Jake Butt 'walking through' individual drills at camp

Denver Broncos beat writer Mike Klis is reporting tight end Jake Butt (knee) is participating in individual drills at camp in a limited capacity.

Fantasy Impact

Butt is "walking through" individual drills at camp, per Klis. Although he is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the Orange Bowl, any participation right now is uplifting for his 2017 outlook. Still, expect the rookie tight end to begin the upcoming season on the PUP list, as previously reported.

Jake Butt could see the field in 2017

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway told the media rookie tight end Jake Butt (knee) could be medically cleared for football activities by "late August early, September."

Fantasy Impact

Butt is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in December's Orange Bowl while still playing at Michigan. If Butt is cleared by August/ September as Elway suggests, he'll likely make his NFL debut at some point during the 2017 season. However, because of his injury/ recovery status, Butt is expected to open the upcoming campaign on the PUP list. With all the uncertainties that surround Denver's TE depth chart -- neither Jeff Heuerman, A.J. Derby or Virgil Green has emerged as the clear-cut starter in 2016, Butt could step into an expanded role upon his eventual return. Although he has minimal fantasy value in redraft league's to open the year, Butt is worth a stash for future considerations in Dynasty league formats.