Denver Broncos: Jake Butt misses third-straight practice

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Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt continues to deal with a knee injury, forcing him to miss his third consecutive practice.

Jake Butt has not been very productive for the Denver Broncos since being drafted in 2018. He only played in three games during his redshirt rookie season, where he caught eight passes for 85 yards.

Butt’s injury history has continued into training camp, and he has missed his third straight practice with an injury to the same knee that has given him problems in the past.

The Broncos are trying to ease Butt in while he rehabs this injury. Knee injuries are one of the worst injuries you can have, especially as a professional athlete. Sometimes you will recover fine, but a lot of the time, players come back too soon from major knee injuries and make them worse in the long run.

With training camp underway, it is fair to ponder who will step up while Butt is out with the injury. One of the players who could greatly benefit from Butt’s absence is rookie first-rounder Noah Fant.

Fant will have to obviously work his way up the depth chart by impressing during training camp and the preseason. With Butt out, the opportunity is right there for him.

The Denver Broncos have six tight ends on their current roster: Butt, Fant, Jeff Heuerman, Bug Howard, Troy Fumagalli, and Austin Fort.

Fumagalli is another tight end for the Broncos that has some major injury history. He has not played a down for the team yet.

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While I do not think the Denver Broncos will move on from Butt so early in his career, his injury history should be a concern for the team going forward. I hope that the team will allow him to come back from this and earn his spot on the 53-man roster.