Be on the lookout for Broncos tight end Jake Butt in 2017

The Broncos may have themselves a steal in rookie tight end Jake Butt.

Sep 12, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Jake Butt (88) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos already have reliable weapons in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders along with having an extra catcher in tight end Virgil Green. In this years’ NFL Draft, they got themselves another tight end in Jake Butt out of Michigan who had an excellent college career.

Green, who has been with the Broncos since 2011 hasn’t been a main receiver for them, only having 616 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his career. Now with Butt coming into town, Green could see himself losing plays and opportunities while Butt makes a name for himself.


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In his career at Michigan, Butt was a successful tight end for the Wolverines as a reliable big weapon who made any kind of play when he was open. In his senior year, he took a major setback with tearing his ACL which ended his collegiate career and possibly affected when he would be drafted in the draft.

Going into the Broncos offense, Butt could see himself excel in a passing offense. Even though the quarterback battle is still in play, we are likely to see the Broncos keep passing the ball. He has the size and hands that will help the offense in a big way to put points on the board.

Green may start out the season as the starter but Butt could work his way up to starter status and playing time. I still see Thomas and Sanders as the main go to guys but with Butts’ size and his style of play, we could very well see Butt as a steal for the Broncos.

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