Denver Broncos: Will lack of two preseason games help Jake Butt?

With the NFL deciding to reduce the number of preseason games to two, Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt could benefit.

The NFL has reportedly decided to remove two preseason games from the NFL schedule. There are going to be some tougher decisions in regards to roster cuts now, but some players may have caught a break with this news. Specifically, a Denver Broncos tight end.

It appears that Jake Butt got some news that he could use going forward. Butt has been unable to really get on the field for the Broncos during his career.

He has played in just three games, totaling eight receptions for 85 yards.

Butt missed all of the 2019 season and most of 2018 with injuries and that has begged the question of whether or not he would be able to catch on to the roster going forward. It is hard to trust players who are often injured.

But the good thing for right now is that he is at full health.

The tight end position is interesting for the Broncos in 2020. Three of the seven tight ends on the roster are new additions and some have already made an impact on the team during their young careers.

Whether or not the Broncos keep Butt around partially depends on whether or not they will keep four at the position. Here are the players that are locks:

  • Noah Fant
  • Albert Okwuegbunam

Newly-signed Nick Vannett also could be a lock to make the team, as he signed a two-year deal with the Broncos this offseason.

Jeff Heuerman may not be considered a lock to make the team, which ultimately could benefit Butt in 2020.

It is also interesting to note that Pat Shurmur’s offense often has 3-wide receiver sets. That would leave one running back and one tight end to be eligible on the field at the same time (in 11 personnel).

The big advantage Butt has is that the team has kept him around the last two seasons despite his injuries. There are going to be two fewer games for the possibility of him getting injured, which is a big bonus.

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Hopefully, Butt can find his way onto the roster in 2020. Questions still remain, but there are some reasons to believe that he will make it.