Jake Butt
Butt in the 2018 NFL season.
No. 80     
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1995-07-11) July 11, 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth: Pickerington, Ohio
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2017 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2017–present)
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-American (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     8
Receiving yards     85
Receiving touchdowns     0

Jonathan Duane "Jake" Butt (born July 11, 1995) is an American football tight end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan. As a junior, he won the Ozzie Newsome Award. He was selected as a first-team All-American and was named Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. He won the John Mackey Award given to the top tight end in college football and the Senior CLASS Award in 2016.

High school careerEdit

Butt was born in 1995 and raised in Pickerington, Ohio, attending Pickerington High School North. Butt caught 96 passes for 1,361 yards with 20 touchdowns and posted 142 tackles and 20.5 sacks during his high school career. He hauled in 68 receptions for 907 yards with 12 touchdowns as a senior and received AP Division I All-Ohio first-team recognition.[2] Butt attended but did not participate in the Army All-America Game due to injury.[3]

Recruiting Edit

Recruiting service identified Butt as one of the four-star recruits in the 2013 class.[4] On February 19, 2013, Butt announced through Twitter his commitment to the Michigan Wolverines.[5]

College careerEdit

Freshman seasonEdit

Butt enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2013. He made his collegiate debut on August 31, 2013, and made his first career catch for an 8-yard gain in a victory over Central Michigan. On November 16, 2013, Butt caught his first career touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Devin Gardner, helping Michigan secure a win over Northwestern. On November 30, 2013, Butt caught a season-high five passes for 85 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Wolverines lost 42-41 to longtime rival Ohio State.[6] He appeared in 13 games and started eight for the 2013 Michigan Wolverines football team. His playing time increased after Devin Funchess moved from tight end to wide receiver.[7] He finished his first season at Michigan with 20 receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns and was selected by as a member of the All-Big Ten Conference freshman team.[3]

Sophomore seasonEdit

The following season, Butt missed the first two games of the season while recuperating from a torn ACL. He made his season debut in Week 3 and caught three receptions for a season-high 59 receiving yards and scored a touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Devin Gardner in a 34-10 victory over Miami University. On November 29, 2014, Butt caught a season-high four passes for 35-yards and a touchdown during Michigan's 28-42 loss to #7 Ohio State.[8] He appeared in nine games in 2014, five as a starter, and recorded 21 receptions for 211 receiving yards and two touchdowns.[3] After Michigan finished the season 5-7, head coach Brady Hoke was relieved of his duties.

Junior seasonEdit

During Michigan's season-opening 17-24 loss against Utah, Butt made a career-high eight receptions for 92-yards and caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jake Rudock. His eight catches was the most by a Michigan tight end since 1995.[9] On November 7, 2015, he finished a 49-16 win over Rutgers with a career-high 102 receiving yards on four receptions.[10] He finished the 2015 season with 51 catches for 654 receiving yards (12.8 yds/catch) and three touchdowns, while starting all 13 games.[11] He was named the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year, was named to the All-Big Ten offensive first-team, by both the coaches and media, and named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.[12] He also won the Ozzie Newsome Award as the best tight end in college football.[13]

Senior seasonEdit

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Butt opted to return for his senior season after considering entering the 2016 NFL Draft. The majority of NFL draft experts and analysts projected him to be a second round pick in 2016.[14] In August 2016, Butt and defensive end Chris Wormley were selected by a vote of their teammates as the team captains for the 2016 Michigan team.[15][16] Through the first three games of the 2016 season, Butt led the Wolverines with 15 receptions, and he was second behind Amara Darboh with 192 receiving yards.[17] During the 2016 season, Butt was the team's second-leading receiver with 43 receptions for 518 yards and four touchdowns, including 29 of those catches that netted a first down. He became both Michigan's all-time leading receiver in yards by a tight end (1,646 yards) and the program's record holder for career receptions by a tight end (136). Following the 2016 season, Butt was named to the All-Big Ten offensive first-team, by both the coaches and media, named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, and earned the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year for the second straight season.[18][19] He was also awarded the John Mackey Award, honoring the most outstanding tight end in college football.[20] Butt tore his ACL in the 2016 Orange Bowl game and suffered nerve damage which, prior to physical therapy, had completely immobilized his leg.[21] Butt was named the 2016 Senior CLASS Award winner.[22]

Professional careerEdit

Butt was projected to be a second round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by NFL draft experts and scouts before he tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl during the last collegiate game of his career.[23] NFL draft analyst Todd McShay projected Butt to be selected within the first 50 picks in the 2017 NFL Draft prior to his injury. On January 11, 2017, Butt successfully underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL.[24] Butt was unable to participate in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine and at Michigan's pro day. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Butt was projected to be a second or third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the fifth best tight end in the draft by NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock and was ranked the sixth best tight end by[25][26]

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The Denver Broncos selected Butt in the fifth round (145th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Butt was the eighth tight end drafted in 2017.[27] Butt reportedly received a $543,000 payout due to a loss of value insurance claim[clarification needed] he received[according to whom?] due to his ACL injury.[28]

On May 11, 2017, the Denver Broncos signed Butt to a four-year, $2.70 million contract that included a signing bonus of $300,938.[29]

He was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on September 2, 2017 due to the torn ACL suffered his senior year.[30] On November 6, 2017, the Denver Broncos placed Butt on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2017 NFL season.[31]


Butt recovered in time to participate physically in training camp in 2018. During training camp, he competed to be the starting tight end against Jeff Heuerman, Matt LaCosse, and Troy Fumagalli.[32] Head coach Vance Joseph named Butt the secondary starting tight end to start the regular season, behind primary starting tight end Jeff Heuerman.[33]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Denver Broncos' season-opener against the Seattle Seahawks and caught two passes for 29-yards in their 27–24 victory.[34] On September 27, 2018, Butt sustained a torn ACL during a non contact drill during practice, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season.[35][36]


On September 2, 2019, Butt was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.[37]


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  13. "Past Honorees". Touchdown Club of Columbus. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
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  15. Mark Snyder (August 26, 2016). "Michigan football captains: DL Chris Wormley, TE Jake Butt". Detroit Free Press.
  16. Angelique S. Chengelis (September 1, 2016). "TE Jake Butt: Michigan's leader and best". The Detroit News.
  17. "2016 Michigan Football Statistics (3-game Totals)". University of Michigan. September 17, 2016.
  18. "Butt Repeats as Big Ten's Tight End of the Year". (CBS Interactive). November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  19. "All-America Honors: U-M Trio on Walter Camp First Team". (CBS Interactive). December 8, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  20. "Butt Named Recipient of Mackey Award". (CBS Interactive). December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  21. "Report: Michigan’s Jake Butt tore ACL in Orange Bowl".
  22. "Michigan’s Jake Butt Selected as the 2016 Senior CLASS Award® Winner for FBS Football". Senior CLASS Award. December 28, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  23. Jake Butt (December 28, 2017). "Nobody Wants to Be a Comeback Story". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  24. Snyder, Mark (January 10, 2017). "Former Michigan tight end Jake Butt says he had successful surgery". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  25. "Mel Kiper: Watch for Michigan TE Jake Butt in 2nd round of NFL draft". April 5, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  26. "Jake Butt, DS #6 TE, Michigan". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  27. Orr, Conor (April 29, 2017). "Broncos take highly rated Michigan TE Jake Butt".
  28. Brilson, Will (April 29, 2017). "2017 NFL Draft: Jake Butt goes to Broncos, reportedly gets $500K insurance payday". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  29. " Jake Butt contract". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  30. Mason, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Broncos trim roster at deadline".
  31. "Jake Butt won't play in 2017 after Broncos place rookie TE on IR". November 6, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  32. "Broncos tight end Jake Butt goes through 1st full-pad practice". July 31, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  33. Payne, Scott (September 3, 2018). "Broncos announce their week one depth chart". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  34. "NFL Player stats: Jake Butt (2018)". Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  35. Teope, Herbie (September 27, 2018). "Broncos TE Jake Butt out for season with torn ACL". Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  36. DiLalla, Aric (September 29, 2018). "Broncos place Jake Butt on IR, promote Brian Parker to active roster".
  37. DiLalla, Aric (September 2, 2019). "Broncos sign three players to active roster".

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