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Jake Butt says Broncos still believe in him

Denver Broncos tight end Jake Butt is talented. Once considered to be a top-two-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft before tearing his ACL, injuries have interrupted his NFL career. He tore his ACL as a college freshman, as a senior, in the 2018 NFL season, and then he suffered a setback to sideline him in 2019 training camp.

Despite a sketchy track record with ACLs, Denver still believes in Butt, according to him. Per Broncos Insider Mike Klis, via Twitter, Butt said;

I still have to go out there and prove it. I can’t sit in the trainer’s room all day. I’m not naïve. It does mean they still believe in me. I think my saving grace is the time I did have last year, they saw what I can do when I’m healthy.

Earlier, in an interview with The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Butt recounted the painful process of recovering from a torn ACL, saying;

I think the majority of people would have quit after the first time, definitely after the second time and probably after the third time. Then to go through this and have some setbacks like this or soreness, it’s just frustrating. Mentally, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through in my life.

With first-round pick Noah Fant on the roster, many mark Butt as a potential cut candidate down the line. Yet, indications suggest that a release is premature. Though Butt doesn’t boast an impressive or lengthy NFL resume, his upside, as an athletic 6-foot-6 tight end, may still be worth waiting for.