Broncos boss John Elway told reporters last night that rookie quarterback Drew Lock would be placed on injured reserve today because of his preseason thumb injury. That will keep him from practicing for at least six weeks and out of at least eight games, so they’ll have to find a backup for Joe Flacco since they released Kevin Hogan yesterday.
Elway also said that tight end Jake Butt and running back Theo Riddick would join Lock on injured reserve today, giving them three roster spots to add, in addition to any shuffling they may want to do with waiver claims.
The Broncos will need a backup to Flacco. Lock's season isn't lost the team said. He'll be able to do everything other than be on the football field, so the team expects him to learn the offense and understand what's going on.
Potential continues to be the best word to describe Jake Butt. He started the first three games last season, finishing with eight catches on 13 targets for 85 yards before missing another year due to an ACL injury. If he’s able to stay healthy and prove he can be the player he was drafted to be in ’17, Butt will compete with Jeff Heuerman for the No. 2 TE spot once Noah Fant takes over the No. 1 slot.
Fant was drafted in the first round and is the Denver TE of the future. Butt has had three ACL injuries since his final game in college and, despite being just 24, you’ve got to wonder how much his knees have left.
Similar to Heuerman, Butt may see most of his playing time during the preseason and early part of the regular season, until Fant is familiar enough with both the offense and how to get open in the NFL. Butt should not be part of your fantasy roster on draft day, but if he can return to his old self, may be worth consideration if Fant has trouble with the pro game or succumbs to injury.