Broncos tight end Jake Butt catching groove in mandatory minicamp

If there were any questions about Jake Butt’s health entering Broncos mandatory minicamp, the second-year tight end answered them — quickly.

Butt, who endured two ACL tears since 2014 to his right knee, caught two touchdown passes Wednesday just minutes apart during a segment of Broncos’ red zone drills. One from Case Keenum. Another from Paxton Lynch.

“I feel 100 percent,” Butt said following Day 2 of minicamp. “I feel quick in and out of my cuts and I feel strong blocking. Right now, it’s just more fine-tuning the technique and trying to build on the things that we worked on this spring.”

Butt is fighting for depth chart positioning among a mostly unproven unit. Fourth-year Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman has the most experience but has just 18 career NFL receptions. Butt, if he stays healthy, will have ample opportunity to establish himself as the starter.

“Very excited (with Butt’s progress),” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “He works so hard and he’s obviously a playmaker (when) you watch him catch the football. He’s going to be a great addition to our offense.”

Henderson, Bell sit out. Joining receiver Demaryius Thomas (foot) as spectators for the second practice were receivers Carlos Henderson and Kenny Bell, both of whom have hamstring injuries. Henderson, a third-round draft pick last year, did not have a catch in team drills on Tuesday and did side-field work on Wednesday.

“It started in Phase 2 and hasn’t gotten better,” Joseph said of Henderson’s injury. “He has to get back on the field if he wants to make this football team.”

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