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Broncos Hoping Jake Butt Can Break Out

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The Denver Broncos know how vital it is to have a productive tight end in their offense and how it benefits their dynamic receiving duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

They are hoping they found their guy in Jake Butt.

“We like the potential there, we like what he can bring to the offense,” president of football operations/general manager John Elway said of Butt this offseason (h/t ESPN).

“We know we need to make defenses play us fair,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph explained. “To do that, we have to force them to honor other receivers, away from [Thomas] and Emmanuel. Our tight ends are part of that.”

The Broncos know that a productive tight end can be a game changer in an offense, much like Julius Thomas was when he was playing in the offense ran by Peyton Manning, which includes the famous 600-point offense in 2013, the first in league history.

Butt knows how important his role is, not only for himself, but for the Bronco receivers as well.

“We understand — [Thomas] and [Sanders], they’ve been doing it a while now,’’ Butt said. “They’re two really good top-notch receivers. They’re going to be getting a lot of attention on the outside. They’re going to be drawing some double-teams. So it’s our responsibility as tight ends and slots to win in these one-on-one matchups on the inside. Whatever that means … just to take a little bit of pressure off those guys on the outside.’’

Butt is finally healthy and the Broncos are excited to see him play at 100%.

“He looks healthy, finally,” Joseph said. “ … Right now, he’s totally healthy … We haven’t played a game yet, so I don’t know what Jake is going to be, but he’s very engaged, he’s worked hard, and he’s here every day.”

Butt is used to being productive, as he was with the Michigan Wolverines, and is confident that he can carry that over to this season for Denver.

“You have to have that kind of confidence, and I think we all do in the tight end room,” Butt said. “You’ve got to have a confidence to play in this league. That’s my goal … That you can be on that No. 1 spot.”

 

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Broncos Parting Ways with Brandon Marshall

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The Denver Broncos will not be picking up the option on linebacker Brandon Marshall which will make him a free agent next month, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Marshall, 29, missed most of the 2018 season due to injuries, finishing with 42 tackles in 11 games played.

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Raiders Hire John Morton

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The Oakland Raiders have hired former New York Jets offensive coordinator John Morton to become their senior offensive assistant, according to a team announcement.

Morton, who had been out of the NFL for 2018, will join Kirby Wilson and Taver Johnson as new additions to Jon Gruden’s staff in Oakland.

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Bengals Request to Interview Aaron Glenn Denied by Saints

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The Cincinnati Bengals continue to run into dead ends as they continue to try and find their next defensive coordinator.

The Bengals had requested an interview with Glenn, the current secondary coach of the New Orleans Saints, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Saints intend to block the Bengals from interviewing Glenn, forcing the Bengals to, yet again, go in a different direction in regards to their search.

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