TE Jake Butt speaks to how the Broncos offense must improve – 247Sports
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During the Peyton Manning era, the Denver Broncos were the most prolific offensive team in the NFL. Denver’s 2013 record-breaking offense included five skill-position players who hit double-digit touchdowns.
Think about that. Five guys with 10 or more touchdowns in one season on one team?
2014 and 2015 spit out duel 1,000-yard receivers and when Manning retired it looked like the party might continue with both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders eclipsing the mark in 2016. But then reality stepped in and cold-clocked the Broncos.
Without a viable quarterback, Denver’s offense as a whole struggled last season. Thomas finished just shy of the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time since 2011, with Sanders failing to get there for the first time as a Bronco. To make matters worse, while the Broncos suffered through this stretch of impotent quarterback play, both Thomas and Sanders hit the 30-year-old mark.
Recognizing the vagaries of Father Time in his receiving corps, GM John Elway prioritized the acquisition of a proven quarterback, inking Case Keenum to a two-year deal this past spring. With this new sense of urgency, Elway took two receivers in the 2018 Draft — Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton — to bolster the depth behind his two veteran wideouts getting increasingly longer in the tooth.
There’s no question that the Broncos are going to be stacked at wideout this year, especially if Carlos Henderson manages to turn the corner, but Keenum’s ace in the hole might be first-year tight end Jake Butt.
Butt is a quintessential ‘Y’ tight end who can be moved around the formation as both a receiver and a blocker. The former Michigan Wolverine could