I still can’t decide if such an elite group of tight ends in this year’s draft is more stressful for Jerry Reese or a breath of fresh air. With a talent pool that includes David Njoku and O.J. Howard, the options are exciting. But, one particular tight end could be the New York Giants’ go-to with the 23rd pick despite the fact that he’s currently undergoing rehab.
Michigan standout Jake Butt seemed to have it all, but his NFL dreams seemed strained before they really began. Back in December, he suffered a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl. There has always been controversy about the decision to play and risk injury prior to the draft, but he never wavered. His commitment to the team was unmatched, a quality that marks his character.
Although Butt has said that he doesn’t regret playing, it did hurt his chances of being drafted in the first round. However, time might be on his side as the emerging tight end told Mike Mayock that he is ahead of schedule regarding his recovery and could be ready to take the field again by mid-July.
His absence at the combine does not take away his memorable performance at Michigan. The John Mackey Award recipient proved to be a versatile player and a leader on the field as the team’s caption in his senior season. He became Michigan’s all-time leading receiver in yards by a tight end, racking up a total 138 receptions for 1646 yards. The 6-foot-6 249 pound TE could be a guy that springs into action early depending on his progress. Giants’ tight end Will Tye underperformed last season and a big blocking tight end like Butt could effectively edge his way into McAdoo’s offense.
Odell Beckham Jr.,Sterling Shepard,Paul Perkins, Landon Collins— Big Blue is surrounded by young talent in most corners. It looks like the Giants’ upcoming season will be fueled by guys with something to prove and the talent to get there. There is no question that Butt fits that description.